Infectious disease expert Marm Kilpatrick to discuss COVID-19 on Friday, May 22

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Marm Kilpatrick

Marm Kilpatrick, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will present “COVID19: The scientific basis for what we know and the exit strategy it provides” on Friday, May 22, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a Q&A session. This special presentation, part of the Spring Seminar Series of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is accessible to the campus community via Zoom (see registration details below).

Kilpatrick will give a broad overview of the vast scientific literature on COVID-19, including mechanisms of transmission; high and low risk activities; fatality rates, including impacts on different ages and people with pre-existing conditions; challenges in understanding current levels of transmission and what this means for relaxing lockdowns; and how to interpret models and projections. He will highlight what he thinks are the biggest remaining questions and why they are difficult to answer.

Kilpatrick will also explain what almost all epidemiologists have outlined as the best strategy moving forward that allows communities to both prevent widespread transmission and disease and also allow significant economic activity, why this strategy was not implemented three months ago, and what still hinders it now. Ample time will be allowed for questions.

Please register online to attend this special webinar:

https://ucsc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ygFn19eyTB-GK6JsFRFNww