Critical Topics in COVID-19 Epidemiology

Saskia Popescu, Beth S. Linas, Eric Lofgren, and Jaime Slaughter-Acey

We have all been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and as epidemiologists, this disease, prevention efforts, and downstream effects of social distancing policies prompt us to assess the pandemic and its effects as researchers. Broadly, we are interested in understanding risk factors for Covid-19 infection and severity, outbreak projections and predictions, prevention or mitigation strategies (pharmaceuticals and policies) and their impact, and public health communication strategies for outbreaks of this magnitude. During this discussion, four expert panelists will respond to questions on these topics and brainstorm new directions for research, with additional time to respond to audience questions.