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Title: Understanding the Covid-19 pandemic through the lens of population health science

Abstract: In a few devastating short months in 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic changed global mobility and interaction in ways that were unimaginable to many of the world’s population as recently as in 2019.  Globally, more than 10 million people have, at this writing, been infected by SAR-CoV-2 globally, and more than 500,000 have died of Covid-19.  As our science progresses, it is becoming possible to apply the principles of population health science to help us better understand the pandemic.  What does a formal approach to population health science teach us about Covid-19?  I offer a few observations—a first draft of population health science thinking—as it intersects with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bio: Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He is chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Glasgow.