The COVID-19 pandemic in the US: Clinical update

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | April 7, 2020

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Carlos del Rio is executive associate dean for Emory University School of Medicine at Grady Health System, a professor of global health and epidemiology in Rollins School of Public Health and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine.

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Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean for Emory University School of Medicine at Grady Health System, offered important insight to clinicians in JAMA about the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, touching on key issues many are wondering about, including whether sickened patients who recover can get re-infected and whether everyone should wear masks in public.

Del Rio was joined by two other public health experts, Saad B. Omer, the director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, and Preeti Malani, the chief officer of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.

“With community transmission firmly established, the US epidemic enters the exponential growth phase in which the number of new cases is proportional to the existing number of cases,” the authors write. “This phase continues until either enough susceptible individuals become immune as a result of infection, stringent public health measures are followed, or both.”

Del Rio is also professor of global health and epidemiology in Rollins School of Public Health and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine.

Read the full “Viewpoint” in JAMA.