- Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, Associate Dean for Regional Campuses at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Chin-Hong is a professor of medicine who specializes in treating infectious diseases.
- Dr. Ben Neuman, Professor of Biology and Chief Virologist of the Global Health Research Complex, Texas A&M University
- Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
News Report from This Event
COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are on the rise in the United States, according to July 22 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 2/3 of Americans have tested positive for Covid. This may represent an undercount: more and more people are reporting that their at-home tests are coming back negative even when they are exhibiting clear symptoms of Covid-19.
The BA5 sub-variant of Omicron is responsible for 78 percent of infections in the US. Is BA5
more transmissible? Is it harder to detect in home-testing kits? Are symptoms of BA5 more severe? How have a mere handful of Americans dodged infection? And is BA2.75 the next threat?
Join us for a robust panel discussion with three acclaimed subject matter experts. We will reserve 30 minutes of this week’s briefing for Q/A. Reporters, please come armed with lots of questions.