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CH&E Seminar Series
2021-2022 Schedule Mondays 12:30-1:30pm
Topic- COVID-19 Pandemic: Observations and Informed Speculation from a Social Medicine Point of View
Date & Time- Monday, October 18, 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Presenter- Joel W. Adelson, MD, PhD, MPH
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The COVID-19 Pandemic continues worldwide. Final global outcomes are unclear and are readily seen as a great human tragedy. Nova Scotia’s handling of the pandemic at the provincial level has been excellent; outcomes are far better than in the US. Treatment regimens have improved greatly over the past 18 months. “Long COVID” is an unpredicted syndrome of unknown cause to date, with continuing and varied symptoms which appears to have an unpredictable episodic occurrence, and may follow either asymptomatic, mild, or severe initial disease. Major successful innovations in mRNA-type vaccine development, production and distribution have been achieved. The Social Determinants of Health have had a dramatic effect on the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19, resulting in wide disparities in outcomes in select population groups. Aspects of information availability, accuracy, social media influences, vaccine hesitancy, vaccine refusal and rejection, “group think,” and direct political manipulation have all continued to directly interfere with a rapid pathway towards potential control and resolution of the pandemic. The pandemic has continued to evade control, and threatens to become, at best, an influenza-like endemic disease with a cyclic occurrence in exposed populations, with the continuing global threat of variants of increasing infectivity and/or pathogenicity.
Joel W. Adelson, MD, PhD, MPH is Professor of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University’s School of Medicine. He obtained his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Southern California, MD from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University. He did his postdoctoral work at Brandeis and Harvard Universities, and his postgraduate clinical training in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology at UCSF. He has had a long career in basic medical sciences, clinical medicine and clinical practice in pediatric gastroenterology, with professorships in Physiology, Pediatrics, Public Health and Social Medicine at McGill, Brown, and UCSF where he is Professor Emeritus following retirement. He came to Dalhousie in 2017 following a restless semi-retirement. Currently he acts as Unit Head in “Professional Competancies, Med 2.” at Dalhousie.