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Bonus Short - Novel Coronavirus

Devang Patel, MD and Neda Frayha, MD

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In this Hippo Education Short, Infectious Diseases specialist Dr. Devang Patel sits down with our own Dr. Neda Frayha to discuss what we know so far about the new 2019-n-CoV coronavirus outbreak and what front-line clinicians can do if we suspect a patient of ours might have this viral illness. 


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Lara A. -

Thank you for the bonus short. Very informative. Quick question when you were talking about respiratory panels, you said that if we get coronavirus positive result it is definitely NOT the 2019 n-CoV but rather a common cold. Is that because of low predictive value (ie. the 2019 n-CoV is not circulating yet in the US) or is it because the test that we are sending now inherently is not capable of detecting this virus. Can you please clarify. Thank you

Solomon B., MD -

HI Lara- Dr Patel’s answer: “Our current test does not detect this novel virus. Has to go to CDC.” But this situation is very dynamic, so keep checking for the latest updates with the CDC!

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