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Vanderbilt infectious disease expert recommends coronavirus "social distancing"

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- A Vanderbilt infectious disease expert says its time for "social distancing" following word that Nashville has seen its first case of coronavirus.

 

State and city health officials say the first Nashville resident diagnosed with the virus is an adult female. She reportedly has a mild case of Covid-19 and is self-quarantined at home.

 

Dr. Bill Shaffner teaches infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Dr. Shaffner says it’s time for those most at risk for contracting the virus to take precautions.

 

“Senior citizens and people with underlying heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, who are immuno-compromised, it’s time to really think about social distancing.”

By social distancing, Dr. Shaffner means keeping your distance from others to reduce the risk of infection. He especially recommends avoiding crowds, including at religious services, on airline flights and other mass transit, concerts, and sporting events.

Dr. Shaffner also recommends you inform yourself about coronavirus using a reliable source such as the Centers for Disease Control.