COVID-19 Awareness

We are in the middle of a major coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic. This disease, which is caused by a new coronavirus, has spread all over the world. It has turned things upside down, resulting in thousands of deaths, overloading healthcare systems, scaring people and, as we are beginning to find out, also causing serious social and economic disruption.

The question on everyone’s mind is: "How do we fight the pandemic?"

Dr. Ravinder Mamtani advocates that communities follow simple precautions and every person as an individual plays their part as responsible citizens. Dr. Mamtani says: "We live in one world, and the COVID-19 virus does not respect geographical boundaries, nor does it have any preferences in terms of who to infect and who not to infect. We are all at risk in this pandemic so we must unite and act as one cohesive force to defeat and fight the virus."

Watch the video below as he explains COVID-19 in simple terms.

Expert insights

Dr. Ravinder Mamtani speaks with Dr. Mehran Kamrava, director of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), about preventive medicine and lifestyle health in the context of COVID-19, highlighting some of the key impacts of the pandemic on lifestyle and health. Dr. Mamtani addresses these issues from a preventive medicine perspective and provides guidelines to counter some of the negative impacts that this infectious disease has had on healthy lifestyles.

Watch the CIRS webcast here

Dr. Sohaila Cheema speaks with Ms. Elizabeth Wanucha, operations manager, Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) about the overall impact of the coronavirus pandemic on aspects of healthcare delivery. Dr. Cheema emphasizes the importance of caring for the vulnerable populations, low-wage workers and the elderly, and addressing the challenges that they may face during the current pandemic.

Watch the CIRS webcast here


COVID-19: IPH scholarly contributions

Institute for Population Health has published a letter in Age and Ageing (Oxford Academic Journals) titled 'Older People and Epidemics: A Call for Empathy.'

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