Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, ICAP’s global director, is quoted in an April 25 article in Indian outlet The Print examining why South Asia is experiencing lower COVID-19 infection rates than other areas of the world:

“The way respiratory viruses like the novel coronavirus are transmitted in various regions does not differ,” said Wafaa El-Sadr, director and professor of epidemiology and medicine, Columbia University, New York. Around the world, observations and studies have unanimously indicated that the virus is primarily spread through respiratory droplets containing the virus, as well as through close contact with carriers.


“We cannot depend on herd immunity through continued transmission as this novel coronavirus has a high mortality rate, almost ten times higher than mortality from seasonal influenza,” El-Sadr added.

Read the full article on The Print’s website

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