What a Leading Epidemiologist Wants Americans to Know Right Now
It’s been a busy — and frustrating — time to be an epidemiologist. They are tasked with studying and controlling the spread of disease in a human population, but that hasn’t been easy to do during the pandemic, in part because of confusing messaging from other health officials and the U.S. government. Writer Robert Roy Britt interviewed a leading epidemiologist, Marc Lipsitch, PhD, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who explained what he most wants Americans to know: Masks work, wishful thinking doesn’t, and viral spread is bad for the economy.