Tony Talks with Dr. Ali Khan

Tony Talks   Posted by Tony Vargas · October 20, 2020

On this week’s edition of Tony Talks, I was joined by Dr. Ali Khan, an epidemiologist and the Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). We talked about the impact of COVID-19 on the country and our community and how we can find our way forward.

You can watch the full talk on Facebook, here.

Here are some key takeaways —

  1. UNMC ‘s estimate for an ideal spot for Nebraska would be 5 cases per 100,000 people. Currently we are at 18 per 100,000 people.
  2. Steps to take if you have been in contact with COVID-19:
    1. Self Quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. This includes not going to school, stores, or other houses
    2. Monitor your health by taking your temperature and being aware of any symptoms you may be experiencing
    3. Get tested! There are free options available if you don't have health insurance.
  3. Exit Strategy for COVID-19. A vaccine will help develop herd immunity, but until that is available:
    1. Leadership that is data driven, evidence based, and follows metrics
    2. Decrease transmission by testing, tracing, and isolation
    3. Community engagement or our individual part including masks, social distance, washing hands, and good personal hygiene.
  4. Omaha’s mask mandate has helped keep cases lower. In comparison to Dakota County, which doesn’t have a mask mandate, Omaha has 50% less cases.
  5. There are many potential solutions being studied right now, including new drugs, vaccines, and emergency treatments.

Finally, remember to set a good example for those around you by maintaining good personal hygiene and following CDC guidelines -- wear a mask and social distance as much as possible. Also, get your flu shot so we can prevent a ‘twindemic’ with flu season and COVID-19 peaking again.

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