Infectious Questions: What health professionals need to know about 2019-nCoV

To support public health knowledge translation during the current outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, NCCID is releasing a Q+A podcast series for public health professionals and health care practitioners in Canada. Listener submissions and feedback will drive podcast topics.

Please contact NCCID Project Manager Shivoan Balakumar to submit questions on 2019-nCoV for future episodes.

Listen below or on any of the following streaming services:




Episode 4

Thursday, February 21, 2020 — In the fourth episode of this series, we delve into the issues of stigma and discrimination as they relate to 2019-nCoV, and how public health can respond. We talk with Pemma Muzumdar, a Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health.

Episode 3

Thursday, February 13, 2020 — In this episode, we focus on effective public health engagement with nurses in Canada about 2019-nCoV. We speak with Dr. Claire Betker, President of the Canadian Nurses Association and the Scientific Director for the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health.

Episode 2

Friday, February 7, 2020 — In this episode, we continue our look at the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, specifically on infection prevention and control in Canadian healthcare settings. We chat with  Dr. John Embil, an infectious disease consultant at the University of Manitoba and Medical Director for the Infection Prevention and Control program at the Health Sciences Centre hospital and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Episode 1

Thursday, February 6, 2020 — In the first episode of the series, we pose questions on Novel Coronavirus testing and diagnosis and Canada’s laboratory response to Dr. Jared Bullard, an infectious disease specialist and Associate Medical Director at the Cadham Provincial Lab in Winnipeg Manitoba.


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Episode 2

Episode 3