Q&A: Infectious Disease Dr. Murthy: “We Are Not Out of the Woods Yet”

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“We all acknowledge that we’re dealing with a completely unprecedented experience in our generation,” Dr. Rekha Murthy told Ms., “and yet what we’re seeing is that we need to be able to rely on science to help us determine direction.” (Cedars Sinai)

As top health experts paint a bleak picture of the pandemic and warn of the dangers of reopening the country too soon, many individuals are feeling uneasy and unsure about what comes next.

To help illuminate the path forward, Ms. associate digital editor Roxy Szal spoke with Dr. Rekha Murthy, MD—who oversees patient safety, hospital epidemiology, infection prevention, and quality measurement and reporting at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles—to bring about some clarity in a time of confusion.

Murthy and Szal talked testing capabilities; what differentiates coronavirus from other infectious diseases, like the flu; the…

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