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UD hosting public panel discussion about coronavirus March 4

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The University of Delaware is planning a panel discussion aimed at educating the community about the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is set for Wednesday, March 4, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Mitchell Hall.

The two-part program will be moderated by Lydia Timmins, assistant professor of communication at UD.

The first panel will focus on what a coronavirus is, how it emerges and the prospects for developing a vaccine suitable for use in humans. Speaking will be Calvin Keeler, professor of animal and food sciences, and Larry Duggan, professor of history.

The second panel will focus on health preparedness. Discussion topics will include what can be done to minimize the risk of spreading infections with corona virus, what UD is doing to prepare for the possibilities of an infection on campus, and how Newark and the state of Delaware are preparing for infections of coronaviruses. Speaking will be Stephen Eppes, infection disease physician at Christiana Care; Timothy Bowers, director of infection prevention at Christiana Care; Jennifer Horney, professor of the Epidemiology Proegram at UD; Timothy Dowling, director of UD Student Health Serivces; and Karyl Rattay, director of the Delaware Division of Public Health.

Each panel discussion will be followed by 20 minutes of questions from the audience.

The event will also be live-streamed at

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