"We're At War With The Virus": Dr. Leana Wen Answers Your COVID-19 Questions | WYPR

"We're At War With The Virus": Dr. Leana Wen Answers Your COVID-19 Questions

Mar 26, 2020

In this March 25, 2020 photo, medical personnel help each other at a federal COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in the parking lot of Walmart in North Lake, Ill.
Credit AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The reported number of confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in the US is likely being undercounted because testing is limited to people who are displaying serious symptoms.

Medical professionals and political leaders are still sounding the alarm about a paucity of beds and equipment as Governors and Mayors across the United States are placing cities and states on lockdown in an attempt to flatten the coronavirus curve.

So what else could we be doing to ease the pressure on our healthcare system?  How does one manage their symptoms at home if they fall sick?  Which underlying conditions make a person high-risk?  And how far away are we from a vaccine? 

Dr. Leana Wen joins Tom for the 'Midday Healthwatch'.  She is a visiting professor of health policy and management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, and a distinguished fellow at the Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity.  Dr. Leana Wen also served as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner for three years.