ROANOKE, Va. – In a historic first, health care and broadcast entities across western Virginia teamed up with one shared goal: flattening the COVID-19 curve.
On Monday, clinicians from the Virginia Department of Health, Carilion Clinic, LewisGale Medical Center and the Salem VA Medical Center partnered to host a panel discussion on COVID-19 called “Coronavirus: A Community Conversation.”
Panelists answered questions from the public. Topics included how the region is currently doing, what people need to do, and how they can help.
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The experts said the community needs to stop worrying about who does and doesn’t have it. Dr. Molly O’Dell of the Virginia Department of Health said the data now shows that the virus is around.
“We’re seeing more everyday patients who we cannot explain how they got COVID-19, which confirms the sustained community transmission that has been described,” O’Dell said.
One of the most popular topics right now is masks after the call continues to grow for Americans to wear them in public. Dr. Thomas Martin of the Salem VA Medical Center demonstrated an easy way to make a mask, but said people usually fail at one step.