WorldCanvass Coronavirus Perceptions and Precautions

Although the number of cases of coronavirus in the U.S. is still very small, public concern remains strong.  On February 21, expert guests from UI Hospitals and Clinics, the Iowa State Hygienic Lab, UI Student Health, and UI International Programs joined host Joan Kjaer to discuss the virus and its potential for harm here in Iowa as well as the measures the university is taking to inform, protect, and support its students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community.


Listen on PRX
Read the transcript (English)
Read the transcript (Chinese)

WorldCanvass is also available on Apple Podcasts


  • Jorge Salinas—hospital epidemiologist, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Paul Natvig—interim director, Student Health, University of Iowa
  • Michael Pentella—director, Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory; clinical professor, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
  • Russ Ganim—associate provost and dean, International Programs, University of Iowa

Media Coverage

The Daily Iowan: UI panel discusses response, concerns on coronavirus

WorldCanvass programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on Apple Podcasts, the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the WorldCanvass website. University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Amy Green in advance at or 319-335-1433.