Clearing the air: Pulmonary Medicine Clinic to host coronavirus seminar

Drew Butler

The Pulmonary Medicine Clinic will be offering a free community seminar on the coronavirus at the Ardmore Public Library at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. The presentation will be led by Dr. Joel Sabangan and his wife, Gretiela. Dr. Sabangan is a board certified pulmonologist and sleep specialist and is also certified by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. The seminar will present factual information about the virus in addition to providing tips people can use to avoid catching coronavirus and other infectious diseases.

Gretiela Sabangan, health education director, said they have hosted other discussions in years past focused on health during cold and flu season. They decided to host a similar discussion focusing on coronavirus due to the ongoing concern about the virus.

“There have been so many different responses from the public about coronavirus,” Sabangan said. “You hear about people panicking and stockpiling supplies. People are wondering if they should cancel travel plans or cancel upcoming events. People are worried and you can’t blame them.

“There’s also the other side of things and other people are only mildly concerned. They’re asking isn’t coronavirus in the same family of viruses that cause the common cold, and aren’t the case numbers still relatively low when compared to the flu.”

She said the seminar should be helpful to people on both sides of these extremes by dispelling myths people may have previously heard.

“We’ll be providing the facts as we know them right now, but at the same time there are still a lot of unanswered questions,” Sabangan said. “Things could change overnight.”

Though no known cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state of Oklahoma, Sabangan pointed out it is spreading within the country. So in addition to talking about the disease they will also present ways to avoid infection.

“We will talk about some practical strategies people can use to avoid coronavirus as well as other infections diseases,” Sabangan said. “We want people to know what behaviors they can enact to help protect their families and our community.”

The coronavirus seminar will be free and open to the public. To ensure enough seating is available Sabangan asks everyone who plans to attend to reserve their space by calling the Pulmonary Medicine Clinic at 580-223-5919 or emailing