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

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COVID 19 Coronavirus

July 19, 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 ask Dr. Jeff Levin-Scherz questions about the current state of COVID-19 in the U.S. and what employers can do to address the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace.

July 2021

  • How are we doing right now and how have things progressed over the last month? (0:29)
  • Can you share your thoughts on breakthrough infections and if this impacts your advice on vaccines? (2:40)
  • What are your thoughts on mixing and matching vaccines? (4:16)
  • Where do you think employers stand now with respect to mandating the vaccine? (6:32)
  • Do you know when we'll be able to start measuring antibody levels? (8:29)
  • What are your thoughts about booster shots and their potential timing in the future? (9:40)
  • What is your guidance around wearing masks? (11:40)
  • What can employers do to increase vaccination rates for their employees? (13:09)
  • Roberto Burioni, Has SARS-CoV-2 reached peak fitness? Nature Medicine (14:44)
    • “When dealing with the global control of an infectious disease, the most effective way to be selfish is to be generous.”

June 2021

  • Have we turned a corner in the U.S.? Can you describe the current situation? (0:29)
  • Can you provide an update on what is happening around the globe? (1:41)
  • Can you tell us about the B.1.617 (Delta variant) which emerged from India? (2:57)
  • Do you still recommend that some people continue to wear masks? (5:37)
  • Can employers mandate COVID-19 vaccines, and more importantly, should they? (8:30)
  • What do you think employers can do to keep employees safe in the workplace, particularly with respect to masking recommendations? (10:59)
  • Can you tell us about the article you recently co-authored about Long COVID-19 and what employers can do support employees who may be affected? (12:54)
  • As we come out of the pandemic, what can employers do to continue the focus on mental health? (16:13)

May 2021

  • What's the current status of COVID-19 in the U.S. and are we finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? (0:22)
  • What's the latest news on vaccines, particularly the potential use and application of Pfizer's vaccine for kids over 12 years of age? (1:55)
  • Can you share your thoughts on the terrible situation in India? What are the global implications? (3:46)
  • An update on COVID-19 variants that we should be aware of (6:15)
  • As employers consider their role in how to encourage vaccinations, can you share your point of view on incentives? (8:00)
  • Is there a role for an employer mandate on vaccination? (10:48)
  • As employees are returning to the workforce, what is the evolving role of testing? (12:30)
  • Would you still recommend testing vaccinated employees in the workplace? (14:19)
  • Final words and quote: “We are winning the war on COVID-19 in the United States." (15:35)

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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