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  • Dean Jonathan Samet on the roof of the Fitzsimons building at CU Anschutz.

    The COVID-19 Pandemic: More variant strains and thinking about jazz

    Mar 1, 2021
    The news this week on the pandemic can be easily summarized: vaccines and variants—encouraging and discouraging. The pandemic’s toll reaches beyond disease and death to our economy, harming so many sectors that are integral to our world, like restaurants and the performing arts.
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    The COVID-19 Pandemic: Herd immunity—what is it and how do we achieve it?

    Feb 22, 2021
    Herd immunity has been controversial and in the news since the start of the pandemic. In some higher vaccine delivery scenarios, the threshold range for herd immunity is reached across the summer. Modeling suggests that herd immunity can be reached at the state level as the fall begins. Undoubtedly, many groups within the state will not be adequately protected and I anticipate that distancing and mask mandates will still be in place.
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  • Dean Samet Sitting on Stairs

    The COVID-19 Pandemic: Risk & Uncertainty

    Feb 16, 2021
    William Lowrance defined safety as: “a thing is safe if its risks are judged to be acceptable.” I have long used this definition in framing problems in risk for its universality. It fits well with dilemmas posed by the challenges in decision-making around the pandemic, as we make efforts to reopen and edge towards “normalcy.”
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