Conversations about COVID-19

Each Friday this May and June, Pitt Public Health experts will have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and then address questions from the seminar attendees. The goal of the COVID-19 seminar series is to provide our school community, alumni, and the public with credible information about the virus and the associated health impacts. 

Advance register below  to receive Zoom link and password.

Seminars take place online Fridays from 4-5 PM. Seminars are limited to 500 participants and will be recorded.

Upcoming Seminars

Pitt Public Health Conversations about COVID-19

Albert and Hoffman: Understanding and Addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic

Friday 5/29 4:00PM - 5:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

May 29 - Understanding and Addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic 

BCHS chair Steve Albert and doctoral student Beth Hoffman​

Since the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, social media misinformation appears to be spreading faster than the virus itself, prompting the WHO to declare an "infodemic" of misinformation. During this conversation, Albert and  Hoffman will discuss how COVID-19 related misinformation fits within the framework of science denialism, and provide strategies to help public health professionals and others accelerate the transmission of accurate scientific information related to the pandemic. 

Advance register to receive Zoom link and password.

Note: Seminars will be recorded.


CONVERSATIONS ABOUT COVID-19  | PITT PUBLIC HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES 

Each Friday this May and June, Pitt Public Health experts will have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and then address questions from the seminar attendees. The goal of the COVID-19 seminar series is to provide our school community, alumni, and the public with credible information about the virus and the associated health impacts. 


 

Last Updated On Tuesday, May 12, 2020 by Borkowski, Matthew Gerard
Created On Thursday, April 30, 2020

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Understanding and Addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic 

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Since the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, social media misinformation appears to be spreading faster than the virus itself, prompting the WHO to declare an "infodemic" of misinformation. During this conversation, BCHS's Steve Albert and Beth Hoffman (BCHS '19 '23) will discuss h... (05/30/2020)
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