Go on Facebook to watch Orlando health experts talk about coronavirus’ potential threat to FL

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Orlando-based doctors, university health officials and other health experts will join in a discussion today about a potential coronavirus threat in Florida.

The event, hosted by U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, an Orlando Democrat, will be held at her Orlando congressional office at 1 p.m.

Her staff said the public can view the roundtable discussion live on her Facebook page.

Murphy earlier wrote a letter to federal officials, saying Florida may be increasingly vulnerable to a threat because it’s home to many seniors who are susceptible to respiratory illnesses and Florida is a top tourist destination.

“I write to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to continue working in close collaboration with other federal agencies, the Florida Department of Health, county health departments, the state’s 300-plus hospitals, and the state’s clinicians to minimize the risk,” Murphy said in the letter.

“If despite those best efforts there is a confirmed case in the state, I want to ensure that everything is being done to effectively treat the patient and to prevent the spread of the illness to others.”

So far, there have been 15 confirmed cases in the United States, but none in Florida.

However, the New York Times has reported that more Americans have been infected, saying: “Fourteen passengers, who were believed to be well before they were evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan on Monday, were found to be infected before boarding a charter plane to the United States.”