The Coronavirus Pandemic
More Surges, Growing Concern

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Facebook Live Q&A with Yonatan Grad, Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & GBH
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Nationally, the number of new COVID-19 cases is rising. While the United States is still well below the peak of new cases it experienced in mid-July, startling surges have emerged in parts of the West and Midwest, including record-breaking numbers of new cases in Utah, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota. At the same time, states like Massachusetts, which held the virus in check over the summer, are also seeing case numbers climb; Boston recently entered the state’s highest risk category, the so-called “red zone.”
Around the world, nations that knocked down the virus earlier in the year, or that never experienced significant outbreaks, are also seeing spikes in case numbers, causing some to impose new lockdowns.
In this live Q&A, Harvard Chan’s Yonatan Grad examined the forces driving the latest wave of surges with Elana Gordon of The World. Are hospitals and public health officials better prepared to handle them today than they were in the early days of COVID-19, and what can we expect in the next stage of the pandemic?

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Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & GBH

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