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COVID-19 and the Epidemiological Response with Chad Achenbach, MD, MPH

As an epidemiologist and infectious disease physician, Chad Achenbach, MD, MPH, has shared his expertise on a variety of global public health crises such as Ebola and Zika outbreaks. In this episode, he sheds light on the global emergence, epidemiology and response to COVID-19.


Chad Achenbach, MD, MPH

"We are on an exponential growth phase of cases and deaths due to this infection right now. The only way to slow this down, right now, with no vaccine, no treatment and no other way to block this virus transmitting from one person to another, is through basic epidemiologic means."

—  Chad Achenbach, MD, MPH

  • Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine
  • Member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Member of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
  • Member of the Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health
  • Member of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine

Episode Notes

As COVID-19 spreads across much of the world, the need for social distancing, wearing masks in public, quarantining the sick and other epidemiologic measures is paramount, according to Chad Achenbach, MD, MPH.

Achenbach spoke about the large scale of the pandemic and its rising death toll. He reviews the timeline of the spread of the infection from late December in China to present-day spread in the United States. He then details how hotspot cities, such as Chicago, are responding to the pandemic and describes current and potential epidemiological responses that could slow the spread of the virus.

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Recorded on April 3, 2020.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

Physicians who listen to this podcast may claim continuing medical education credit after listening to an episode of this program.

Target Audience

Academic/Research, Multiple specialties

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the research interests and initiatives of Feinberg faculty.
  2. Discuss new updates in clinical and translational research.
Accreditation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

Chad Achenbach, MD, MPH, has nothing to disclose. Course director, Robert Rosa, MD, has nothing to disclose. Planning committee member, Erin Spain, has nothing to disclose. Feinberg School of Medicine's CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: Clara J. Schroedl, MD, Medical Director of CME, Sheryl Corey, Manager of CME, Jennifer Banys, Senior Program Administrator, Allison McCollum, Senior Program Coordinator, and Rhea Alexis Banks, Administrative Assistant 2.

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