Coronavirus: What Do We Know? What Do We Not Know? What Should We Be Doing?

Thursday, March 12, 2020

4:30–6 p.m.



Similar Origins, Contrasting Paths

Charting the Spread

Bracing for What May Come

Changing the Work Landscape

We are currently in the middle of a worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The disease was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China and has since spread over the world. More than 80,000 cases have been identified worldwide, including up to 3,000 deaths, surpassing the 2003 SARS epidemic. Facts are changing daily about the outbreak. This panel brings together experts in infectious disease as well as in ethics and human rights to discuss what we know, and perhaps as importantly what we do not know, while keeping an eye on what we should be doing as the outbreak evolves.


4:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Sandro Galea (@sandrogalea), Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Rita Nieves, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Davidson Hamer, Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Boston University

Nahid Bhadelia, Medical Director, Special Pathogens Unit, and Associate Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston University School of Medicine and National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL)

Ronald Corley, Professor of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine, and Director, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL)

Wendy Mariner, Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Patricia Hibberd, Professor of Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health


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