COVID Conversations: Preventing a Second Wave of Infection and Understanding Immunity

With Dr. George Rutherford

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. PDT

Ages 12+

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

In the San Francisco Bay Area we’ve “flattened the curve” of COVID-19 infections, saving thousands of lives. But as we slowly go back to work, school, and other aspects of “normal” life, how do we prevent a second wave of infection? And is there a chance some of us are already immune? Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Jennifer Frazier in conversation with Dr. George Rutherford, Head of Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco. This COVID Conversation will focus on how we prevent infection as we ease social distancing, lessons from the 1918 flu, and the latest on immunity to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 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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