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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - Evening Program
COVID-19: Should Schools Be Open?
Vinay Prasad

Every discussion or debate around COVID-19 has become protracted, political, and bitter, and what to do about schools is no exception. Indeed schools present a tradeoff. When they're open, society benefits from the essential services schools provide: education, child abuse reporting, hot meals, and socio-emotional development. Closing them may theoretically slow viral spread. How should a society decide? Vinay Prasad, M.D. and M.P.H., a practicing hematologist-oncologist and associate professor in the department of epidemiology and bio-statistics at the University of California San Francisco, will make the case that unless the local healthcare system is approaching overload or collapse, schools should remain open. 

Vinay Prasad, M.D. and M.P.H., is a practicing hematologist-oncologist and associate professor in the department of epidemiology and bio-statistics at the University of California San Francisco. He studies cancer drugs, health policy, clinical trials, and better decision making. He is author of over 250 academic articles, and the books Ending Medical Reversal (2015), and Malignant (2020). He hosts the oncology podcast Plenary Session.

Dr. Prasad's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at CMC.