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Expert Explainer: Art Poon, PhD, on coronavirus ‘variants of concern’

According to Art Poon, PhD, associate professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, unless we can mitigate the spread of the virus, there is a greater chance it will continue to mutate and produce more "variants of concern". Poon uses computers to reconstruct the spread and adaptation of viruses by looking at their genetic sequence variation.


Expert available to comment on evidence needed to safely send kids back to class

Dr. Charles Weijer says the uncertainty about when it's best to resume schoolkids' in-person learning could be clarified by conducting randomized trials.


Experts available to comment on COVID-19 pandemic’s emerging challenges

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the globe, experts from Western University are available to media to comment on emerging challenges, vaccine policy, infodemics, public health and the way forward.


Family Medicine Chair available to comment on necessity of flu vaccinations

Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry says never before has getting your flu shot been more important. He is available to media for comment.


Expert Explainer: Dr. Nitin Mohan on the Second Wave

Dr. Nitin Mohan is a physician epidemiologist who teaches in the Master of Management and Applied Sciences and Master of Public Health Programs. He explains exactly what a second wave is, why it happens, and how we can prepare.


Expert available to comment on COVID-19 in older adults

Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso is the co-chair of the Canadian Geriatrics Society COVID-19 Working Group. He is available to media for comment on the allocation of health care resources for older adults, and also on recommendations specific to this population to help prevent transmission.

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