Coronavirus: Fact and Fears
A live Q&A with Berkeley Public Health experts, moderated by Dean Michael C. Lu
On March 25, Dean Michael C. Lu hosted a virtual Q&A with other experts from Berkeley Public Health and other health services across campus. Open to the public, the 90-minute webinar aimed to respond to listeners’ fears and offer practical insights into how to navigate the pandemic in everyday life. Topics ranged from the effectiveness and future of public health efforts like social distancing to everyday concerns like what kind of soaps to use and if we should be worried about our pets.
Dr. Lu was be joined by several expert speakers who will illuminate the facts and dispel fears around this public health crisis. The speakers will include Anna Harte, MD, Medical Director of University Health Services at UC Berkeley; Nicholas Jewell, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics at Berkeley Public Health; Arthur L. Reingold, MD, Professor, Division Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Berkeley Public Health; Lee Riley, MD, Professor, Chair of the Division of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology at Berkeley Public Health; and John Swartzberg, MD, Clinical Professor Emeritus at Berkeley Public Health.
A Q&A session will follow, and viewers are invited to submit questions about the coronavirus to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.
This event is being hosted by Berkeley Public Health, Berkeley Public Affairs and University Health Services.
Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH
Moderator Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH, is the Dean of Berkeley Public Health. Dr. Lu was formerly the Director of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Obama Administration, and recipient of the Hubert H Humphrey Award for Service to America. A graduate of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, he has been voted one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005.
Anna Harte, MD
Anna Harte, MD, is the Medical Director of University Health Services at UC Berkeley. Dr. Harte has a special clinical interest in tuberculosis, HIV and infectious diseases, travel medicine, transgender health and the care of underserved populations. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Nicholas Jewell, PhD
Nicholas Jewell, PhD, is a Professor of Biostatistics at Berkeley Public Health. Dr. Jewell has received numerous awards such as the Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science from Harvard University. He was honored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2000 for extraordinary leadership in implementing disaster resistance strategies for UC Berkeley and other universities across the nation.
Arthur L. Reingold, MD
Arthur L. Reingold, MD, is a Professor and the Division Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Berkeley Public Health. Dr. Reingold has over 40 years of experience on prevention and control of infectious diseases at the national and global level, including eight years at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2003.
Lee Riley, MD
Lee Riley, MD, is a Professor and the Chair of the Division of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology at Berkeley Public Health. Dr. Riley is a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and of the Infectious Disease Society of America. He was appointed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve as a Board member of the Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Infectious Disease of the CDC.
John Swartzberg, MD
John Swartzberg, MD, is a Clinical Professor Emeritus at Berkeley Public Health and the chair of Berkeley Public Health’s Health & Wellness Publications editorial board. Dr. Swartzberg is a past director of the UC Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program, with 30 years in clinical practice. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.