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Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA is spotlighted in Sunday Routine, a weekly series that profiles newsworthy New Yorkers and how they spend their down time.

Even though she is a lauded epidemiologist, Covid’s severity took Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor at Columbia University, by surprise. “People in my world always felt there was a possibility of a pandemic by a new virus,” she said, “but the magnitude and speed at which it happened, and the profound impact on the world, was beyond what I imagined.”

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