As the novel coronavirus spreads — and fears over the virus seem to spread even faster — how do we separate fact from fiction? What's the best thing to do if you suspect that you may have been exposed to the disease? And how well are we, as a nation, responding to this pandemic? USA TODAY's Editorial Board has been meeting with leading experts who are assessing the country's progress and honing in on the most beneficial public messaging. Below, watch short video interviews or click the links for the full Q&A.
Marc Lipsitch: Harvard epidemiologist
April 8, 2020
As daily coronavirus-related deaths reached new highs in New York and nationally, USA TODAY’s Editorial Board spoke Wednesday with Dr. Marc Lipsitch, one of the nation’s leading epidemiologists, about the state of the pandemic. Lipsitch is a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of Harvard’s Center of Communicable Disease Dynamics. Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.
Tom Frieden: Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 24, 2020
Dr. Tom Frieden, one of the nation’s leading experts on public health and infectious disease, spoke with USA TODAY’s Editorial Board on Tuesday as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the new coronavirus is “spiking” in his state and President Donald Trump said he wants “the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” Frieden, 59, is a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former New York City health commissioner.
Scott Gottlieb: Former commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
March 9, 2020
As the stock market was plunging Monday amid coronavirus fears, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who served as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019, met with USA TODAY’s Editorial Board to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak. Gottlieb, 47, did a residency in internal medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center and is currently a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Anthony Fauci: Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Feb. 17, 2020
With China taking extreme measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and previously quarantined American cruise ship passengers returning to the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s point man on infectious diseases, spoke with the USA TODAY Editorial Board about the latest coronavirus developments. Fauci, 79, has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.