MIAMI, March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- (The Health Channel) The deadly Coronavirus sweeping the globe is something new for scientists and is causing international alarm. Health Channel, a service of South Florida PBS, is committed to sharing reliable information from credible organizations by creating a central repository of information that everyone can turn to for up to the minute news about the spread, treatment and prevention of the Coronavirus.
To that end, the Health Channel has produced, is airing and has distributed to over 50 PBS stations across the country, a series of interstitials about the testing, precautions and spread of the Coronavirus; breaking news capsules; a news crawl on the Health Channel with timely 2 hour updates; a dedicated page on the website, allhealthtv.com tracking the spread of the Coronavirus as well as offering useful information about treatment and prevention; and social media posts that disseminate information among our 88,500+ followers.
"During this unprecedented health crisis, it is very gratifying to be able to share with PBS stations across the country the content that South Florida PBS' Health Channel is producing which is providing a crucial service to our South Florida community and to communities across the United States," said Dolores Sukhdeo, President and CEO of South Florida PBS.
The series of evergreen interstitials about the Coronavirus highlights the need for widespread testing for the Coronavirus, simple but smart hygiene practices, and the importance of staying calm during the crisis. Some interstitials address families with children and provide tips on how to talk and interact with them during these trying times.
Below you will find links to two video samples of the over 80 combined news and information capsules and interstitials the Health Channel has produced and is now sharing with PBS stations, nationwide:
This report highlights the recommendations that the CDC has for lowering your risk of contracting any viral infection, including hand washing with soap and water or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol and staying home if you're sick.
Disease outbreaks are like natural disasters says a Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatrist and simply keeping calm can help you cope with any concerns about the Coronavirus and its potential impact.
Also airing on the Health Channel is our original Coronavirus, hour-long production, "Coronavirus: A SmartLife Special." Recorded in Miami and streamed via Facebook Live on March 14 (with a reach of over 57,000 people so far), this program offers enlightening conversations and advice from experts on how to deal with the elevated risk and impact of the Coronavirus in our communities. Topics include, how to help children understand the changes around them, how to model healthy behaviors and make nutritious choices in the kitchen.
"Coronavirus: A SmartLife Special"
Wednesday, March 25th, 9pm-10pm
Thursday, March 26th, 9pm-10pm
Sunday, March 29th, 2pm-3pm
Friday, March 27th, 2pm-3pm
Saturday, March 28th, 4pm-5pm
Friday, March 27th, 10pm-11pm
Sunday, March 29th, 9pm-10pm
The TVF International documentary, "Coronavirus: The Silent Killer," will also be airing in concert with The Health Channel's original production. This remarkable documentary traces the deadly Coronavirus to its birthplace in China, offering an extraordinary peek into the city of Wuhan in the earliest days of the lockdown. Interviews with medical professionals and those personally impacted by the disease offer unique insight into this malevolent force of nature that has quickly spread around the globe. https://youtu.be/TC5CrgqPurA
"Coronavirus: The Silent Killer"
Wednesday, March 25th, 8pm-9pm
Thursday, March 26th, 8pm-9pm
Sunday, March 29th, 1pm-2pm
Friday, March 27th, 1pm-2pm
Saturday, March 28th, 3pm-4pm
Friday, March 27th, 9pm-10pm
Sunday, March 29th, 8pm-9pm
About South Florida PBS: SOUTH FLORIDA PBS is Florida's largest public media company, including Public Broadcasting stations WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast and WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and the Health Channel, a 24/7 television and multi-platform health and wellness service. SOUTH FLORIDA PBS connects organizations and institutions across our region and preserves South Florida's history. Leading the way in this global society, SOUTH FLORIDA PBS serves diverse communities from Key West to the Sebastian Inlet and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee. SOUTH FLORIDA PBS is committed to creating and presenting unique arts, education and cultural heritage programming, and tells different local stories across a variety of digital media platforms. Some of our award-winning productions include James Patterson's Kid Stew, Changing Seas, Art Loft and Your South Florida. For more information, visit https://www.southfloridapbs.org.