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 https://www.cdc.
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
Dr. Wang’s blog: http://wilson-wang.squarespace.com/
Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan
Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2762689
Dr. Wang on social media:
Walking Doctors: https://walkingdocs.com/
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html