Coronavirus Pandemic in New York: An Interview with Dr. Wilson Wang Ep 69

7 April 2020

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Wilson Wang back on to Talking Taiwan after five years for what turned out to be a very in-depth conversation, about the Coronavirus crisis in New York. Dr. Wang spoke with me about the COVID-19 pandemic from both a science-based and human perspective. This interview with Dr. Wang was recorded last week on March 30th, 2020.


Dr. Wilson Wang is the Founder and CEO of a health software company called Walking Doctors, a pediatric emergency room physician and hospitalist at NYU and NYC Public Hospital system, and adjunct faculty of Global Public Health at NYU.


UPDATE: On April 3, 2020, the CDC published new recommendations to use cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this episode:


  • How Dr. Wang and his family are dealing with COVID-19
  • How Dr. Wang’s experience with Ebola led to establishing Walking Doctors
  • The importance of standardizing diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • Comparing the Ebola outbreak with COVID-19
  • Epidemics vs. pandemics
  • The SARS 2003 epidemic
  • The strategies that Taiwan used to contain the spread of COVID-19
  • Development of a test for COVID-19
  • Is the Coronavirus airborne and how long does it survive in the air?
  • How long does the Coronavirus survive on surfaces?
  • Comparing measles with the Coronavirus
  • Dr. Wang’s recommendations on whether or not to wear a mask
  • Why it’s important to adhere to social distancing and self-isolation
  • Possible treatments for COVID-19
  • The ventilator shortage
  • Which is our best hope a vaccine or cure?
  • General advice to people trying to stay healthy and deal with social distancing and self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic


Related Links:


Dr. Wang’s blog:


JAMA Article:

Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan

Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing:


Dr. Wang on social media:




Twitter: @walkingdoctors


Walking Doctors:


Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map:


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