SVA Speaker Series: COVID-19 Discussion with Dr. Larry Brilliant

Dr. Larry Brilliant joins SV Angel to discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • How serious is it? (mortality/morbidity) - COVID-19 kills at a very high rate — ~5% of people who get sick with symptoms, 1 out of 20 will die.
  • How rapidly does it spread? - COVID-19 spreads exponentially speed of 2–4 R0 (every 6–7 days)
  • What countermeasures do we have? - None currently. Vaccines and antivirals in development.
  • CA 184K cases / ~5,500 deaths — We are still benefiting from our early lockdown.
  • NY 388K cases /~ 31K deaths — Disparity can be attributed to population density and slower response/declaration of emergency protocol.
  • Georgia: 85% of all deaths are African American individuals
  • Michigan: 40% of all deaths are African American individuals
  • Philadelphia: 70% of all deaths are in nursing homes
  • In the US: More than 40% of all deaths are in nursing homes
  • It will likely look a lot like the Polio eradication program.
  • We’ll have to do it in 200 countries and have to reach remote locations.
  • Longterm, multi-year process.

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