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Coronavirus In Indiana: Where The Virus Is Now And How To Prevent Its Spread

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IU issued a health advisory yesterday stating the largest health concern on campus remains the common flu. (Emma Atkinson, WFIU/WTIU News)

Noon Edition airs on Fridays at noon on WFIU.

Over 6,000 cases of a new coronavirus, now dubbed 2019-nCoV, have been reported across the world.

As of yesterday, it had killed 132 people, all in China, where the virus reportedly started.

According to a CBS News report, there are five confirmed cases in the U.S. so far.

Human-to-human transmission of the virus is confirmed. It initially exhibits symptoms similar to the flu. More severe cases can lead to pneumonia.

A plane charted by the U.S government to evacuate 201 Americans from Wuhan, China, where the disease started, landed in California Wednesday.

According to Indiana University officials, the university is working to bring six students who are on the Chinese Language Flagship program back to the U.S.; two are already en route. None of the students were in the city where the outbreak started.

Officials advise avoiding unnecessary trips to China and taking normal health precautions like regular handwashing and avoiding sharing food and drink with others.

Join us this week as we discuss the coronavirus and what to be watching for in the coming days and weeks.

You can follow us on Twitter @NoonEdition or join us on the air by calling in at 812-855-0811 or toll-free at 1-877-285-9348. You can also send us questions for the show at news@indianapublicmedia.org.

Our Guests -

John Parrish-Sprowl, Director, Global Health Communication and Resource Center and Professor, Communications Studies IUPUI

David Audretsch, 2019-20 Overseas Study Advisory Council, Distinguished Professor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Graham McKeen, Assistant University Director of Public and Environmental Health at Indiana University

Dr. Tom Hrisomalos, MD IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians provider, specializing in infectious disease

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