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Why Is There Confusion About Whether Masks Prevent COVID-19? Public Perceptions, Misperceptions and the Messaging of Science



A recent Cochrane report, purporting to show limited data to support mandates to use masks to prevent COVID-19 has sparked immense controversy, seized by many critics as evidence of failures by public health officials.  Join us to hear a panel of national experts analyze the report, its limitations, its media coverage, and lessons we can learn as we move forward


Pam Factor-Litvak, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Associate Dean for Research Resources, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Allison E. Aiello, PhD, James S. Jackson Healthy Longevity Professor of Epidemiology in the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD,MPH, DABT, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Public Health, Director, Division of  Occupational & Environmental Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Robert E. Fullilove, EdD, Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and the co-director of the Cities Research Group, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Donald K Milton, MD, DrPH, MPowering Maryland Professor; Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of Maryland


Robert Klitzman, MD, Program Director, M.S. in Bioethics, Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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