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UMiami: President Julio Frenk Says to not Despair or Panic, But Give COVID-19 the Seriousness it Deserves

Now dealing with the fourth pandemic of his public health career, University of Miami President Julio Frenk is monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). After erupting in China in December, the novel coronavirus is spiking in South Florida and has forced the University to embrace social distancing and move all classes online.
Dr. Frenk, who is also primary faculty at the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, shared his insight on the lessons we need to heed now—and remember in the future.
In the interview with University communications, he answered the following questions:
  • You’ve now been involved with four pandemics. Did you ever envision the day the world would be at a near standstill, with a tumbling economy, and billions of people facing dire consequences beyond their health? 
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just reported that nearly 40 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations are people in the 20 to 54 age range. What does that mean for our students?
  • Is the scarcity of COVlD-19 tests skewing the reported number of people who have it in the U.S.? 
  • Will most of us get COVID-19?
  • What about closing our borders?
  • So, if we do what we’re supposed to and COVID-19 wanes and eventually disappears, what are the chances we will be better prepared the next time?
  • How much funding do we need?

Read President Frenk’s responses.

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