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Facts not fear: Texas A&M hosts panel discussing coronavirus

Four panelists shared their perspectives and what the next possible steps could be for decision makers.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — As the coronavirus seems to be a topic that is on everybody's mind, Texas A&M University brought together experts for its series 'What's next?'

"We have at the table three scientists who will do the technical part of it," said Andrew Natsios, the director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Governent and Public Service.

Along with Natsios, the panel consisted of Dr. Gerald Parker, director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program; professor Glen Laine, the vice president of research; and Christine Crudo Blackburn, deputy director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program.

The experts discussed a wide variety of topics concerning what is COVID-19, ways to prevent oneself from catching and progress on treatment options.

The panelists also brought the issue of an 'infodemic,' which Parker said is a pandemic of misinformation.

 "It really is becoming a major issue and a major problem," Parker said.

One issue, in particular, is wearing face masks. Laine said if you don't need it, you should not be wearing it.

"There are people who need them and they are the people in the facilities that are actually treating patients who have the coronavirus," Laine said.

The experts made it clear that people need to seek information from reliable sources.


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