GMA to host coronavirus conference Sunday

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The Guam Medical Association is hosting what it’s calling “an international coronavirus conference.”

It will be held this Sunday, March 15, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Dusit Thani hotel in Tumon.

A release from the Guam Medical Association encourages all healthcare providers to attend.

Physicians from Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Guam and Hawaii have already confirmed their attendance, states the release.

In the release, GMA president Dr. Tom Shieh also encourages representatives from Guam Public Health “to join us in this educational event so we can work together to be better prepared, and more importantly to learn from our international colleagues who have been experiencing this viral crisis.”

Among the topics on the agenda are:

-Pathophysiology of this new virus.
-Infection control measures against COVID 19
-Diagnostic testing internationally and domestically.
-Management of patients affected by the virus.
-Community preparation and its effectiveness.
-Radiologic findings with Corona Viral Infection.
-International pandemic plan in different countries.
-Financial impact affecting travel, and tourism.
-Cost of healthcare affected by this new virus.
-Discuss the clinical profile of a patient with COVID 19.
-Explain the mechanisms by which alternative public health measures can reduce transmission.
-Recommend appropriate public health measures to mitigate COVID-19 in Guam and CNMI.
-Describe the key epidemiologic characteristics of COVID-19 including the transmissibility and clinical severity profile.

Attendance for GMA members is free. Non-GMA members and the general public may also attend if seats are available. However, a fee will need to be paid to defer the cost associated with this educational conference. No admission price is stated.

Lunch will be provided.

Those wishing to attend should call Pram at 483-6600. Seating is limited.