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Identifying public health needs after COVID-19 emergency status lifted

N95 mask at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center drive-through mobile center to test patients for COVID-19 on March 18, 2020 in Hartford, Connecticut.
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Connecticut Public
N95 mask at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center drive-through mobile center to test patients for COVID-19 on March 18, 2020 in Hartford, Connecticut.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently lifted the COVID-19 "emergency," but the pandemic isn't over.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued guidance in light of the end of the federal Public Health Emergency on May 11, clarifying that "Ending the COVID-19 emergency declarations does not mean the virus has been eradicated."

This hour, epidemiologist Dr. Saad Omer joins us to discuss.

Plus, we revisit our conversation with scientist and Connecticut native Dr. Peter Hotez. His new book, the third he has written about the COVID-19 pandemic, is due out September 19.

The Deadly Rise of Anti-science: A Scientist’s Warning is described as "an eyewitness story of how the anti-vaccine movement grew into a dangerous and prominent anti-science element in American politics." You can listen to the full conversation here.

GUESTS:

  • Dr. Saad Omer: Epidemiologist; Inaugural Dean, Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health at UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Dr. Peter J. Hotez: Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine; Author, The Deadly Rise of Anti-science: A Scientist’s Warning

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