Mayo Clinic Talks COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 3: Inside an Outbreak – Expert Perspective

Mayo Clinic Talks

Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast #127

COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 3: Inside an Outbreak – Expert Perspective

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COVID-19 information evolves daily.  The views and perspectives shared in these resources are presented based on information available at the time of recording.
Recorded January, 2020

For the most up to date information visit:

CDC - Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization's Country & Technical Guidance - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
AskMayoExpert COVID-19 Navigator
COVID-19 Online Education, Resources and Updates


Guest: Colin M. Bucks, M.D.
Host: Amit K. Ghosh, M.D.

“I think that fear can be valuable…we’re at a time when it’s just fine to be fearful if it provokes you to vigilance and discipline…You’re disciplined because you’re afraid, that keeps you sharp, but panic is dangerous. I don’t mind fear, panic is dangerous.”
- Colin M. Bucks, M.D.

What is it like in the field during an outbreak? What global response lessons have we learned from SARS and Ebola? Dr. Colin Bucks discusses how access to information accelerates response time in present-day outbreaks and the role public education, infrastructure, disparities, and access to supplies, plays in helping to contain one.


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Upon completion of this Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast episode, learners should be able to:

  • Recall significant differences between 2019-nCoV, MERS, and SARS
  • Recall the importance of respiratory precautions and high consequence infectious disease protocols
  • Recall the difference between endemic infections, outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics
  • Recall the recommendations for the collection of laboratory specimens of suspected 2019-nCoV cases

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  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.50 Attendance


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