The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the world with unprecedented public health and economic crises. We need effective strategies to slow the spread of the virus. We must be able to rapidly and affordably diagnose the virus, because a major reason for the extreme societal and economic disruptions is the lack of appropriate testing technology to easily identify infectious people, especially those who do not have symptoms. We also need effective decision making and communication at both the clinical and community level to mitigate SARS-CoV-2 transmission in schools, at work, and in the community at large.
Will hear from two experts from Columbia University who are involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in very different ways. Dara Kass will reflect on decision making, both clinical and community, from the perspective of an emergency medicine doctor who, herself, was infected with the virus. She will also discuss how to communicate rapidly evolving information in an effective manner. Andrés Bendesky will discuss his lab’s work to develop a simple, affordable test that can be performed at home.
Dara Kass, Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University
Andrés Bendesky, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University
Moderated by Natalie Steinemann, Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University