Coronavirus (743) COVID-19: Straight Answers from Top Epidemiologist Who Predicted the Pandemic

16 June, 2020

Dear Members,

I came across this article which quotes epidemiologist Michael Osterholm as saying the following:

"We really need to have as much information in the hands of the public. We can't answer all the tough questions. We can't solve all the he tough problems, but we can be a partner in helping the public understand what we know and what we don't know. I call it straight talk. Not happy talk, just straight talk. If I were czar, I would make sure that all the people that I worked with would espouse that very important goal."

It's interesting to see that he views having information in the hands of the public as so important.


HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development ( She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group.

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