LISTEN: How serious is the novel coronavirus?

(Illustration/Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins, CDC)

The Coronavirus that originated in China is now a global health emergency, according to the World Health Organization. There are confirmed cases in the U.S. and a chartered flight evacuated Americans from China through the Anchorage airport before arriving in California. But how big should this concern be compared to annual influenza infections? Should countries shut down international travel? We’ll discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Social Services
  • Dr. Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Kevin Berry, Professor of Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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