Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, global director of ICAP, was consulted for a Nov 19 article in The Hill, which reported that US States with the least COVID-19 restrictions are now having the biggest surges in cases and death. States that enacted strict lock- down measurements earlier, like New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, and Rhode Island, have notably observed smaller rates of infection, although many are still experiencing an uptick in cases. Dr. El-Sadr says:

“The question is — and I’m sure that’s the conversation now happening in the halls of power — what do we do next? Clearly you don’t want to wait too long because that’s the mistake we made last time, when things spun out of control. So there’s a need to make decisions and be decisive. Once you start thinking about acting, it probably is the time to act.”

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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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