So far, the outbreak of novel corona-virus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China has infected over 78,631, and killed 2727 people(2.27.2020 Data). The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 a global health emergency. Although, Maryland has not identified a confirmed case, we are at high risk since we are living in a community when traveling back to China is common during Luner New Year. Without necessarily precaution, we might not be immured of this highly infectious, rapidly spreading virus.
Community health care professionals and CCACC concerned about the potential ripple effect of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus on the local community. On Jan 31, 2020, physicians from Association of Chinese American Physicians (ACAP) and the CCACC-Pan Asian Volunteer Health Clinic, as well as 2 officials from Montgomery County Community Affair Office (CAO) joined a conference call to discuss local efforts. The three parties agree to form a task force: ACAP and the physicians will generate language appropriate, lay person friendly articles to educate the public on the disease, prevention, local resource for treatment. CAO will connect the group with the county health officer for local resource and guidance. CCACC will coordinate with local media and other communication efforts to get the words out.