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Yale’s Saad Omer has devoted his career to studying the spread of respiratory diseases like influenza and SARS CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and how society can increase vaccination rates.
In an interview with YaleNews, Omer, a professor at Yale School of Medicine and director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, sheds light on what we have come to know as the “waves” of COVID-19 — how they proceed, why we’re experiencing another one, and what to expect next — as well as how to build public trust in vaccines in development.
Omer is also the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health, and an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Nursing.
The following conversation has been condensed and edited.
The rising number of COVID infections in Connecticut and across the country suggests that we have entered at least a second wave. Can you explain?
It is our second wave in Connecticut. For the rest of the country, it is a third wave. It’s a rising tide that has never receded. There was a March-to-May wave, and then the rest of the country had a summer wave; we didn’t …
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