Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, global director of ICAP, was featured in The Post and Courier on Dec 16 to discuss the effectiveness of plexiglass used as dividers in classrooms to contain the spreed of COVID-19. Public health experts have called the measure a “placebo” and point to the lack of data to determine the true impact of the measure. Dr. El-Sadr says:

“The most important ways we can combat the virus is masking at No. 1 and distancing is No. 2. Those are the ones that should be prioritized by any school district. Plexiglass is not one of them. We need to focus on what we know matters.”

Read the full article in The Post and Courier

Read the latest ICAP updates on COVID-19 here

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

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