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Podcast Explores “Coronavirus Effect”

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In a special edition of the Beyond The Expected podcast, Interim President Michael Bernstein talks with three Stony Brook University experts who explore the “Coronavirus Effect” from various angles, including health and wellness, clinical practice, economic implications and historical perspectives.

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Interim President Bernstein, left, with Nancy Tomes, right, and Sharon Nachman, facing away from the camera.

The panel comprises:

  • Stacey Finkelstein, associate professor of Business, who joins this podcast remotely from her home in the New York State designated COVID-19 containment zone in New Rochelle, NY. She addresses the impact of panic on consumer purchasing decisions and purchasing trends.

  • Sharon Nachman MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, explores medical issues surrounding this influenza-like illness and its public health implications.

  • Nancy Tomes, Ph.D, professor of history, shares her expertise on the history of pandemics and American healthcare, and where the 2019 Novel Coronavirus stands from a historical perspective.

“I guess the first and most important thing is don’t panic,” Dr. Nachman advises. “We expect that pretty much everyone will get it. But the vast majority of people who will get it will do completely well.”

“That 20% who in fact will wind up in the hospital, and a very small percentage who will wind up in the ICU, are the ones that we’re seeing now at Stony Brook,” she says.

The podcast originally aired on Facebook Live on Friday, March 13, 2020.

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