How telehealth can slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, other infectious diseases

The impending U.S. provider shortage has been generating headlines for years, but an overlooked specialty shortfall is a threat even scarier than the coronavirus turning into a pandemic.

Infectious disease specialists, who play a critical role in curtailing the spread of outbreaks, seem to be a dwindling breed. Between 2009 and 2017, the number of academic programs that filled their adult-infectious-disease training positions dropped by 41%, according to a report by Emory University.

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