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FEATURING LAWRENCE O. GOSTIN – After months of being cooped up indoors to stop the spread of a deadly virus, hundreds of thousands of Americans have flocked to the streets of US cities over the past 10 days to protest police killings of Black Americans. While many are wearing masks, public health officials worry that the protests may undo the work of curbing Covid-19 infections. Others say the protests are necessary in spite of the pandemic because of the threat of racist and violent policing to public health.

It has been nearly 4 months since the global coronavirus pandemic was declared. While there has been a glut of data and research, there has also been tremendous misinformation in the public sphere. From time to time we have spoken to Prof. Lawrence Gostin to help us understand the latest reliable information on Covid-19.

Lawrence O. Gostin is a University Professor, Georgetown University where he directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He is also the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law where he has served in numerous high-level capacities. He also co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Global Health Law and served on two global commissions to report on the lessons learned from the 2015 West Africa Ebola epidemic.

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