PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The former director of state health services is weighing in on the coronavirus. Will Humble served from 2009 to 2015. He's been keeping a close eye on the coronavirus here and overseas. The virus reminds him of another virus he battled to contain during his six-year tenure.
"What we are looking at is very similar to what we faced in 2009," said Humble. "Your viewers probably remember H1N1." He said it's similar in many ways because when H1N1, also known as swine flu, first came out, nobody knew what it was. If he was in charge now, he would use similar tactics to fight the coronavirus.
"One of the things I would do is provide tools to clinicians to diagnose the illness," said Humble. Also, Humble said he would have constant communication with the county health department and form a pandemic-readiness plan to prepare hospitals for the worst-case scenario. "What is it they are looking for and what processes should they be doing," said Humble.
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At Valleywise Hospital, doctors have a plan to treat patients with the coronavirus. "We would put them in an area in the hospital for isolation," said Valleywise Dr. Michael White. He said he would then treat the patients' symptoms such as fever or cough until their immune system fights off the coronavirus.