Online ECHO Clinic | July 13, 2020
Presentation Titles: Aerosol Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 | COVID-19 Clinical Updates
In this series of presentations, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Service, provide a clinical update along with a summary of several studies related to COVID-19 modeling and treatment. Then, Dr. Thomas Becker provides an overview of some recent updates in COVID-19 research focusing on aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
Thomas Becker, MD, PhD, is a medical epidemiologist, and trained in internal medicine, anthropology, and public health; he began his career at the University of New Mexico before moving to the Northwest about 20 years ago. Since his arrival in Portland, Becker has worked with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and Oregon Health & Science University. He has published on a diverse range of American Indian health issues, including both infectious and chronic diseases. And with the Indian Health Board, he has been involved in etiologic studies, community prevention programs and education programs to improve career opportunities for people in tribes nationwide.
Jorge Mera, MD, FACP, is the Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, the largest tribally operated health care system in the United States. He oversees surveillance, policies, and programs to treat and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and HCV.
Whitney Essex, MSN, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Services. Mrs. Essex works in the Infectious Diseases Department, where she is the coordinator for the Cherokee Nation Hepatitis C Elimination program. She assists in the maintenance of general infectious diseases clinical services, as well as the provision of medical care for patients accessing HIV, PrEP, Hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases-related services.
- Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The orld should face the reality (Environmental International)
- Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via Fecaloral and Aerosols–borne Routes: Environmental dynamics and implications for wastewater management in underprivileged societies (The Science of the Total Environment)
- Dynamic Interventions to Control COVID-19 Pandemic: a multivariate prediction modelling study comparing 16 worldwide countries (European Journal of Epidemiology)
- Reopening America’s Schools: A Public Health Approach (Prevent Epidemics)
- Mounting Evidence Suggests Coronavirus is Airborne – But Health Advice has not Caught up (Nature)
- The Debate Over “Airborne” Coronavirus Spread, Explained (Vox)