COVID Conversations: Children, Masks, and the Surge

With Dr. George Rutherford

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. PDT

Ages 12+

Online Event: Watch the livestream below or on YouTube and Facebook.

In the last weeks there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases, and new research on how the virus spreads among children and through the air. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Jennifer Frazier in conversation with Dr. George W. Rutherford for an update on new COVID-19 data. This COVID Conversation will focus on what is known about children and the virus, new data on airborne transmission and the effectiveness of masks, and what some models are predicting for the fall. Send your questions for this week’s expert by posting them here.

George W. Rutherford, MD is the Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He’s worked extensively in public health, with an emphasis on the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, and has held a number of positions in public health agencies, including having served as State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist for California, Director of the AIDS Office for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Director of Immunizations for the New York City Department of Health and an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC. He is currently leading several efforts to address the COVID-19 epidemic, including serving on the committees that advises the San Francisco Department of Public Health.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1548297. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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