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“The recommendations have been to avoid mixing, or not to expose older people in your family to the virus,” said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, an epidemiology professor at Columbia University.
For more on the president's diagnosis and treatment, I spoke with Dr. Craig Spencer, Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. David Ho, scientific director and CEO of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, helps viewers understand the antibody cocktail Donald Trump was given as treatment for Covid-19.
Other scientists, like Dr. Zev Williams of Columbia University, are working on variants of rapid saliva tests that, like P.C.R., detect RNA, but don’t require expensive laboratory machines.
That’s not surprising because people generally tend to mix with their own age groups, Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University in New York, said: “That’s a fairly robust result.”
“If we don’t address the social underpinnings, I think we’ll see a recurrence of what is happening now,” said Dr. Jennifer Woo Baidal, a pediatric weight management specialist at Columbia University.
“We have underestimated the importance of connectedness,” said John Rowe, a professor of health policy and aging at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, said that positive cases were to be expected, … albeit at a low level.
“Once they get in their parents’ home, obviously their autonomy and privacy changes,” said Dr. David Bell, a professor of pediatrics and population and family health at Columbia University.
“If you do these types of phased reopenings, there are going to be increases in transmission,” said Jeff Shaman, who is part of a team working with the city to predict the path of the outbreak.