Conversations about COVID-19

Each Friday this May and June, Pitt Public Health experts will have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and then address questions from the seminar attendees. The goal of the 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. 

Advance register below  to receive Zoom link and password.

Seminars take place online Fridays from 4-5 PM. Seminars are limited to 500 participants and will be recorded.

Upcoming Seminars

Fri 6/5 4:00PM - 5:00PM - Conversations about COVID-19
Tang and A. Bandos: Biostatistical Modeling, Estimation and Decision-making Support for COVID-19 Pitt Public Health Conversations about COVID-19
Tang and A. Bandos: Biostatistical Modeling, Estimation and Decision-making Support for COVID-19
Fri 6/5 4:00PM - 5:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Biostatistical modeling, estimation, and decision-making support have been playing an important role in responses to COVID-19 challenges. BIOST's Lu Tang and Andriy Bandos will discuss statistical considerations involved in modeling the epidemic progression and in the use of COVID-19 related tests for estimation and decision-making support. 

Fri 6/12 4:00PM - 5:00PM - Conversations about COVID-19
Haggerty and Braund: Health Department Responses Pitt Public Health Conversations about COVID-19
Haggerty and Braund: Health Department Responses
Fri 6/12 4:00PM - 5:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Each Friday this May and June, Pitt Public Health experts will have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and then address questions from the seminar attendees. The goal of the 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. 

Fri 6/19 4:00PM - 5:00PM - Conversations about COVID-19
Documet, Perez, and Ruiz: COVID-19: The effect on Latinos and Immigrants Pitt Public Health Conversations about COVID-19
Documet, Perez, and Ruiz: COVID-19: The effect on Latinos and Immigrants
Fri 6/19 4:00PM - 5:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

BCHS's Patricia Documet will discuss the effect of the pandemic on Latinos and immigrants with Guillermo Perez of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Monica Ruiz of Casa San Jose. 

Fri 6/26 4:00PM - 5:00PM - Conversations about COVID-19
Speakers and title TBA Pitt Public Health Conversations about COVID-19
Speakers and title TBA
Fri 6/26 4:00PM - 5:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Each Friday this May and June, Pitt Public Health experts will have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and then address questions from the seminar attendees. The goal of the 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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Understanding and Addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic 

Understanding and Addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic

Since the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, social media misinformation appears to be spreading faster than the virus itself, prompting the WHO to declare an "infodemic" of misinformation. During this conversation, BCHS's Steve Albert and Beth Hoffman (BCHS '19 '23) will discuss h... (05/30/2020)
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Phylogenetic Trees - What They Can (and Can't) Tell us About COVID-19 

Phylogenetic Trees - What They Can (and Can't) Tell us About COVID-19

Some of the most intriguing mysteries of the epidemic can be investigated by creating phylogenetic trees - genetic family trees of the virus. IDM's Jeremy Martinson and HUGEN and BIOST's Eleanor Feingold talk about how these trees are created and what we can and cannot learn from them. Where did th... (05/26/2020)
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A Health Equity Response to COVID-19 in Allegheny County 

A Health Equity Response to COVID-19 in Allegheny County

“When the pandemic first started, there were many of us that were worried that the toll on underserved populations, particularly African Americans where I focus, would bear a disproportionate burden of COVID-19,” said EPI’s Tiffany Gary-Web. "So I started locally asking for data by race and trying ... (05/21/2020)
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The History and Future of COVID-19 

The History and Future of COVID-19

COVID-19 is one of three novel coronavirus outbreaks in the past 20 years that originated in animals. How is the current outbreak similar and different from the previous ones? What course will COVID-19 take in Pennsylvania?  IDM's  Amy Hartman  puts the current outbreak in perspective with what w... (05/12/2020)

COVID-19 News Headlines

Roberts says publicly released data doesn't tell full story of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania (video) 

Roberts says publicly released data doesn't tell full story of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania (video)

WTAE – “We don’t really know what’s the proportion of people who get the disease that don’t have any symptoms at all, what’s the proportion of people who have mild symptoms, and what’s the proportion of people who have severe symptoms requiring hospitalization,” said Mark Roberts, chair of health p... (04/07/2020)

Roberts, Pennsylvania’s leading COVID-19 modeler, explains how life might start returning back to normal 

Roberts, Pennsylvania’s leading COVID-19 modeler, explains how life might start returning back to normal

PUBLIC SOURCE - How might we come out of extreme social distancing? Mark Roberts, director of the Public Health Dynamics Lab, thinks the most interesting option might be relaxing social distancing behaviors based on the ability to know whether the person is immune to the disease or not. We could te... (04/06/2020)

Roberts says projections seem accurate that Pennsylvania is nearing peak of pandemic 

Roberts says projections seem accurate that Pennsylvania is nearing peak of pandemic

WHYY PHILADELPHIA – Referencing the model used in recent White House briefings, Mark Roberts, HPM chair and director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, said, “It’s a surprisingly accurate model. Their predictions of what today would look like three weeks ago are very good.” The model puts th... (04/06/2020)

Angus on launch of ‘learning while doing’ clinical trial to fast-track testing of coronavirus therapies 

Angus on launch of ‘learning while doing’ clinical trial to fast-track testing of coronavirus therapies

WTAE – “The solution is to find an optimal tradeoff between doing something now, such as prescribing a drug off-label, or waiting until traditional clinical trials are complete,” said Derek Angus (BCHS '92), chair of Pitt Med's Department of Critical Care Medicine. “By building this one-stop soluti... (04/09/2020)

Angus comments on first results from Gilead coronavirus drug 

Angus comments on first results from Gilead coronavirus drug

ASSOCIATED PRESS - A dozen patients had serious problems but it’s not clear whether they were from the drug or their disease. UPMC critical care chief and HPM faculty member Derek Angus (BCHS '92) said the recovery rate is good but “there is no way of knowing from this series if the antiviral drug ... (04/10/2020)

Can air pollution make coronavirus worse? Wenzel says yes. 

Can air pollution make coronavirus worse? Wenzel says yes.

ALLEGHENY FRONT - There’s plenty of biological evidence, said Sally Wenzel, EOH chair. Pollution can damage cells that line breathing passageways, which form the lung’s natural defense from foreign agents. “When they’re damaged, they don’t function nearly as well as a barrier. And so things like vi... (04/04/2020)

Wenzel explains how to handle package deliveries 

Wenzel explains how to handle package deliveries

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE – EOH Chair Sally Wenzel says, “The easiest way to make sure that you aren’t bringing the virus in with your packages is to treat the package as though a COVID-19 positive person last handled it: Wipe off all items before putting them away, throw out your packaging and wash ... (04/02/2020)

‘It’s very sad’: Black Americans facing higher rates of COVID-19 infections (video) 

‘It’s very sad’: Black Americans facing higher rates of COVID-19 infections (video)

WTAE - On Tuesday, local group 1Hood hosted a virtual town hall called “What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know About COVID-19.” Panelist Tiffany Gary-Webb, an epidemiologist at Pitt Public Health, said it’s important to have data broken down by race and zip code. “If we know that certain communities a... (04/07/2020)
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