COVID-19 Preparedness: Early Insights from Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Expert, Dr. Paul Biddinger
“COVID-19 is spread by both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals, like influenza and unlike the coronaviruses SARS and MERS. That makes it much more difficult, I would argue, impossible to control with public health measures directly.” Dr. Paul Biddinger who is an expert in Public Health and Emergency Preparedness. Dr. Biddinger holds the MGH Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness and is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, and Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General. He is also the Director for Emergency Preparedness at Partners Healthcare. Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Chan School. Dr. Biddinger is an active researcher in the field of emergency preparedness and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of preparedness and disaster medicine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on multiple topics related to emergency medical services and disaster medicine. He has also responded to numerous prior incidents, including Hurricane Katrina, the Boston Marathon bombings, Superstorm Sandy, the 2015 Nepal earthquakes and others.