Kevin Tabb, MD (CEO, BILH) spoke about how he, Dr. Eric Dickson, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, and their major-hospital counterparts in Massachusetts have held regular calls throughout the pandemic to help coordinate care or check in on whether others were dealing with similar issues they might be able to share insight on.
Responding to a new study by BIDMC researchers, Dr. Anthony Fauci said three feet of social distancing may indeed be enough to safely reopen schools and that new guidance on the issue should be coming soon from the CDC.
Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) who led the vaccine development collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and BIDMC noted how fast vaccine development can proceed when there is a true global emergency and sufficient resources.
In a study led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) physician-researchers, including Polly van den Berg, MD (Infectious Diseases, BIDMC) and Westyn Branch-Elliman, MD, MMSc (Infectious Diseases, BIDMC), the research team found no substantial difference in the number of cases of COVID-19 among either students or staff in school districts that implemented a distancing policy of three feet versus six feet between students.
Researchers, including physicians from BIDMC, collected information from hundreds of Massachusetts school districts over 16 weeks to examine whether COVID-19 is more likely to be transmitted if students are seated closely together. The team found no substantial difference in the number of cases of COVID-19 among either students or staff in school districts that implemented a distancing policy of three feet versus six feet between students.
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Transcript: The Path Forward: Vaccines with Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky