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COVID-19 update: A conversation with Dr. Jeff Levin-Scherz

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COVID 19 Coronavirus

March 15, 2021

We share a monthly update from Dr. Jeff Levin-Scherz on the current state of COVID-19 in the U.S.


In this series we'll share regular updates from Dr. Jeff Levin-Scherz on the current state of COVID-19 in the U.S.

March 2021

  • What is happening with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? (0:34)
  • How are we doing on the vaccination front in general? (2:52)
  • What are you seeing with respect to vaccinating children? (4:29)
  • What is the latest on the COVID-19 variants? (5:50)
  • The Department of Labor just instructed employer sponsored health plans to cover COVID-19 testing, including for those with no symptoms. What does that mean for employers? (8:27)
  • Can you give us the highlights from the article you and your colleagues had published in the Harvard Business Review on how employers can use the learnings of behavioral economics to nudge their employees to be vaccinated? (10:15)
  • How will employers know it's safe to bring remote employees back to the worksite? (14:56)
  • Closing thoughts and quote: “It's time to imagine a better future, not just because it's drawing nearer but because that's how we get through what remains and keep our guard up as necessary." (17.49)

February 2021

  • What happened to the Spanish Flu of 1918 and what parallels or learnings would you apply to what's happening right now with COVID-19? (0:40)
  • Update on the rollout of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines (3:15)
  • What is the latest on emerging vaccines and what can you tell us about their effectiveness? (5:24)
  • What are your thoughts on the virus variants and how we should be thinking about this? (8:16)
  • Guidance on prematurely changing behaviors as we see the number of infections and mortality coming down (10:45)
  • What do you see as the employer role around marketing a vaccination-supportive environment? (12:05)
  • Closing thoughts (13:49)

January 2021

  • What's going on with COVID-19 in the U.S. right now? (0:42)
  • Update on the new "U.K. variant." Is it more contagious? (2:08)
  • Is it a good idea to change the vaccine regimen? For example, there are reports the U.K. will only give each person a single dose of the vaccine rather than both doses. (4:58)
  • Why is the timing for the various vaccines so different and why is there so much variability by country? (7:47)
  • Will companies be able to give vaccines to their employees onsite? (9:12)
  • Will remote employees be able to safely return to the workplace after they are vaccinated? (14:13)
  • When can we take off the masks and stop distancing? (16:35)
  • What can we do to continually assess our own immunity once we get the vaccine? (18:38)

Population Health Leader, Health and Benefits, North America

Jeff is a practicing physician and has led Willis Towers Watson’s clinical response to COVID-19. He has served in leadership roles in provider organizations and a health plan, and is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

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