In-Depth: Coronavirus understood and explained


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told residents of the state this week amidst growing concerns of the spread of Coronavirus, “the fear is outpacing reason."

That was the basis of a special three hour radio show on WBEN that offered fact-based information on Coronavirus from a battery of in-studio guests.

WBEN News Anchor Brian Mazurowski dedicated three hours Thursday to information from the experts on what we all need to know about the Coronavirus, its spread and its impact on our lives.  The show was aimed at giving perspective and offering tangible information on the facts we should all know and how they apply to our individual lives and families.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein opened the show with Brian and offered the latest update on the public health impact the spread of Coronavirus is having on the community.

"There are some countries that are Level 2 that could quickly go to Level 3," Burstein said. "When people are planning travel outside the United States, it's really something they should take into account that when they return they may need to be quarantined for 14 days. People can maybe wait for their decisions to book or purchase some pretty comprehensive travel insurance so they'll be able to cancel and get a full or almost full refund on their travel expenses."

Burstein said they are relying on people to voluntarily contact the health department if they are returning from Italy. She said even if people feel well, the incubation period for the virus is 14 days and they should take cautions to not infect loved ones.

Snyder said that the risk for the average American to catch coronavirus is low and that it will be similar to the flu.

"Right now in terms of the number of cases that we know about at least in different areas in the United States, it's still a relatively uncommon illness," Shiley said. "That said, I think all of us in public health are anticipating that more cases will be discovered in various areas of the country."

"Companies (might) start laying people off," Hutton said. "One. They can't manufacture the product because they're not getting the supplies they need. Companies are going to cut back on their manufacturing."

Following are links to many of the stories we’ve already reported on concerning Coronavirus as well as in-depth podcast audio on various aspects of the Coronavirus concerns .