UT Health Science Center launches coronavirus question and answer service

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The UT Health Science Center has received many questions about the coronavirus.

So, they launched an online question and answer service.

“We haven’t had any kind of repeated questions,” said John Mullers with the UT Health Science Center. “You expect people to ask the same thing over and over, but it’s been a large variety so far.”

“It’s more of stuff like what do I do in my situation, and do I have to worry about my pets,” said Mullers. “They ask how is this different than the common cold. It’s questions like that that aren’t so much about the news, but about basic facts that people are trying to get about it.”

Mullers is one of the professionals who answers the questions.

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He said the answers are posted online so there’s no repetition. You can see the answer to a question you might have that was already asked.

“Part of this is just helping to build that up in the public’s eye so they can feel calm and feel like it’s under control even if this outbreak gets here and things start happening,” Mullers said.

FOX13 asked a question of our own: should you sneeze into your elbow or is that harboring germs on your arm that could be passed around.

“If you sneeze into your arm, well, yeah it’s in your arm, but it’s your arm,” he said. “But if you couple that with social distancing where you’re not touching people, shaking hands or hugging people during an outbreak where people could be infected, that’s a lot safer than coughing in the environment.”

If you have your own questions visit: https://www.uthsc.edu/coronavirus