The Science of Social Distancing, Part 1

Nancy Messonier Howard Markel Marc Lipsitch Mitch Stripling 


Presenters' slides (PDF): Nancy MessonierHoward MarkelMarc LipsitchMitch Stripling

Webinar Transcript (PDF) 

In our first COVID-19 Conversations webinar, our lineup of public health, medical and emergency experts shared the science on social distancing as well as strategies to support it. And we explored how findings from past pandemics — as well as the current one — can shape responses today.

The webinar's panel of expert speakers:

  • Nancy Messonnier, MD — Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Howard Markel, MD, PhD — George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Marc Lipsitch, DPhil — Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Mitch Stripling — National Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and former assistant commissioner of Agency Preparedness and Response for New York City