Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, global director of ICAP, was consulted for a Nov 24 article in Action News Now which discussed the effectiveness of plexiglass shields to ward off the coronavirus. Plexiglass shields have become ubiquitous at offices, grocery stores and restaurants across the country in the coronavirus age. They were even installed on the vice presidential debate stage last month. Dr. El-Sadr says.
“But those benefits haven’t been proven.” She says there have not been any studies that examined how effective plexiglass barriers are at blocking large droplets.
A major global health organization that has been improving public health in countries around the world for over 15 years, ICAP works to transform the health of populations through innovation, science, and global collaboration. Based at Columbia University in New York City, where it is part of the Mailman School of Public Health, ICAP has projects in more than 30 countries, working side-by-side with ministries of health and local partners to confront some of the world’s toughest health challenges. Through meaningful research, tailored technical assistance, effective training and education programs, and rigorous surveillance to measure and evaluate the impact of public health interventions, ICAP aims to realize a global vision of healthy people, empowered communities, and thriving societies. Online at icap.columbia.edu