Conversations about COVID-19

Each week, Pitt Public Health brings together a variety of experts to have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address questions from seminar attendees. The goal of the fall COVID-19 seminar series is to provide our school community, alumni, and the public with credible information about the virus and the associated health impacts. 

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FRIDAYS - 4:00-5:00 p.m.
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Conversations about COVID-19

 

Recent Session Summaries & Recordings

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COVID-19 & Health Disparities (video) 

COVID-19 & Health Disparities (video)

As part of the Conversations about COVID-19 seminar series, EPI doctoral candidate Chantele Mitchell Miland , and Pitt's director of health sciences diversity, equity, and inclusion, Mario Browne (BCHS '05), discuss COVID-19 and health disparities. (10/23/2020)
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HIV-related stigma in healthcare settings during COVID-19 (video) 

HIV-related stigma in healthcare settings during COVID-19 (video)

As part of the Conversations about COVID-19 seminar series, Mackey Friedman of IDM and BCHS joins IDM's Sarah Krier to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of people living with HIV including their beliefs and attitudes about their healthcare needs and experiences. (10/16/2020)
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Harm Reduction Approach: Implications for the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Harm Reduction Approach: Implications for the COVID-19 Pandemic

BCHS's Mary Hawk and Harvard's Julia Marcus introduce the harm reduction approach and describe how the principles can be applied to public health messaging during COVID-19. They discuss how to balance general uncertainty, concerns about what is best for population and personal health, and the tensi... (10/12/2020)
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Global Responses to COVID-19 (video) 

Global Responses to COVID-19 (video)

Organized and moderated by Pitt Public Health's Global Health Student Association, a panel of researchers from around the world discusses critical questions around the current pandemic. Panelists in this intriguing discussion include Dr. Solomon F. Ofori-Acquah (Accra, Ghana), Dr. Jean Nachega (EPI... (10/05/2020)
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COVID-19 on campus (video) 

COVID-19 on campus (video)

Drs. John Williams and Margaret McDonald share an update on the current COVID conditions on campus and reflect on their insider experiences serving on Pitt’s Healthcare Advisory Group during this public health crisis. (09/25/2020)

COVID-19 News Headlines

Did a woman get coronavirus twice? Burke is skeptical. 

Did a woman get coronavirus twice? Burke is skeptical.

WIRED - News reports detailing the case raised the possibility that people may not be developing immunity to the new coronavirus, even after they’ve recovered. But Donald Burke, dean emeritus and international infectious disease specialist, says there’s not enough data to support that conclusion. “... (02/28/2020)

Mertz of Allegheny County Health Department answers questions about coronavirus preparations (video) 

Mertz of Allegheny County Health Department answers questions about coronavirus preparations (video)

WTAE - “We expect to detect cases in Pennsylvania during the coming weeks,” said Kristen Mertz, medical epidemiologist with the Allegheny County Health Department and adjunct faculty at Pitt Public Health. She’s most concerned about outbreaks at long-term health care facilities as well as other pla... (03/03/2020)

UPMC Health Plan removes barriers to coronavirus testing 

UPMC Health Plan removes barriers to coronavirus testing

To ensure patients and members receive timely diagnosis and treatment, UPMC Health Plan will waive any applicable deductibles, copayments or other cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing when ordered by a member’s treating medical provider. Members with symptoms or suspected exposure to COVID-19 should i... (03/12/2020)

Should schools close during a coronavirus outbreak? The answer isn’t obvious  

Should schools close during a coronavirus outbreak? The answer isn’t obvious

BALTIMORE SUN - Pitt researchers used data from the 2009 H1N1 outbreak to model how long schools should close in the case of a pandemic. “What we found was the optimal timing is 8 weeks from a disease transmission” standpoint, said HPM's Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH. Opening schools too soon might l... (03/04/2020)

FRED informs obvious strategies to fight the coronavirus 

FRED informs obvious strategies to fight the coronavirus

A study of workers in Allegheny County, Pa., entitled “Policies to Reduce Influenza in the Workplace: Impact Assessments Using an Agent-Based Model,” published in 2013 in the American Journal of Public Health, was specifically cited in today's New York Times editorial arguing for mandatory sick lea... (03/04/2020)

Burke concerned that true number of U.S. coronavirus cases is far above official tally 

Burke concerned that true number of U.S. coronavirus cases is far above official tally

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Donald S. Burke, an EPI disease modeler, says that assumptions about the coronavirus’ ability to jump from person to person is especially conservative. The analysis assumed that each infected person will pass the virus along to 2.1 to 2.5 others over the course of their infectio... (03/10/2020)

Hershey explains what ‘social distancing’ actually means 

Hershey explains what ‘social distancing’ actually means

TRIB LIVE - “The goal (of social distancing) is to stop or slow the spread of infectious disease,” said HPM’s Tina Hershey. Doing so, she said, slows the spread while other public health measures have time to work. “In restricting your own movements, you are going to reduce your individual risk, bu... (03/12/2020)

Wenzel on the pandemic and EOH response 

Wenzel on the pandemic and EOH response

"I'm anxious, like many of us. Uncertainty is having a big impact on our society. So the virus itself, the medical responses to it, whether overwhelmed or not, and then the psycho-socioeconomic impact, in some variation of percentages, are likely to have longterm impact on our society as we know it... (03/13/2020)
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