By Jorge Rubal, CEO & Medical Director,
Laguna Beach Community Clinic
With the CDC forecasting “major disruptions,” major U.S. cities declaring a state of emergency, and doomsday scenarios playing out on social media, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if not downright scared about the coronavirus.
The coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it has been designated by the World Health Organization, was first identified in Wuhan, China, where it rapidly spread throughout China and is now appearing sporadically around the globe, including here in Southern California.
We’re still learning how this pathogen is transmitted. However, the primary mode of transmission is believed to resemble how influenza is spread. So the thinking behind the epidemiologic investigation thus far is that the virus is spread person-to-person. The CDC describes this as between people who are in close contact, within about six feet, and through respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These virus-carrying droplets can land on your month, nose or be inhaled, thus transmitting the virus.
Dr. Jorge Rubal and professional staff at the Community Clinic are calm and prepared in the midst of the coronavirus