Category: infectious disease

Public Health Veteran Leads Global CDC Team from Atlanta During COVID-19

I first learned about what would soon be called the COVID-19 pandemic after I returned from the 2020 New Year holidays and met with a colleague to resume work as usual. He mentioned that a “new coronavirus” had been identified in China. I thought to myself, “hopefully it won’t be as serious as SARS.” I Read More >

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Moving to Atlanta to Help Stop COVID-19 in Kansas and Beyond

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, I was a Public Health Institute/CDC Global Health fellow in CDC’s Central America office located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I developed communication strategies that showcase the important work of my colleagues in the region. I also managed disease surveillance projects in Honduras and the Dominican Republic and helped with research Read More >

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Routine Monitoring Reveals COVID-19 Surge in Brazil

Brasilia, BRAZIL – A native of Brazil and a medical epidemiologist by training, I joined the CDC South America Regional Office on August 31, 2020, as its Senior Technical Advisor. The global pandemic had been going on for most of 2020, and I remember the sense of dread I had when I first heard about Read More >

Posted on by Roberto Jorge Freire Esteves, MD, MPH; Senior Technical Advisor in the CDC South America Regional Office in Brasilia, BrazilLeave a commentTags ,

Diverse Group of Atlanta Experts Support COVID-19 Field Team in Brazil

When CDC staff go into the field to investigate outbreaks, a diverse group based in Atlanta supports their every move. Scientists create research protocols, logistics coordinators handle travel and lodging, someone looks for funds to pay for the work. I am an epidemiologist. Earlier this year, as the Atlanta lead for a team that deployed Read More >

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Going Home to Brazil to Investigate a New COVID-19 Variant was Enormously Rewarding

MANAUS, Brazil – I was born and raised in Brazil, near the city of São Paulo. There, I got a medical education at a top institution, a privilege very few have. When I decided to come to the United States to pursue residency and training, it was not without some self-doubt. I knew the opportunities Read More >

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Continuing to Fight, 10 Years and 12 Outbreak Responses Later

When I heard COVID-19 was spreading around the world, I struggled personally, knowing we would be responding for a long time. I needed a silver lining to keep me grounded and give me hope so that I could focus on helping my country. As COVID-19 spread across Europe, it was clear that COVID-19 was going Read More >

Posted on by Joseph Conrad Ojwang, MD, MPH, Health Security Public Health Specialist, CDC Uganda6 CommentsTags

Together We Can Survive

When I first heard COVID-19 was spreading around the world, my initial thought was, “This will be contained.” I started feeling unsettled watching the virus give us a hint of its power as it breeched more and more borders. I never imagined that it would cause havoc at the scale it did. I wanted to Read More >

Posted on by Deepika Srivastava Joshi, MPH, Associate Director for Science (CDC India), Lead – Surveillance and Epidemiology1 CommentTags

To Switzerland and Back…..Communicating About COVID-19

As a health communication responder, my first thought when I heard of COVID-19 was, “What can I do to help? How can I be a part of the emergency response happening with such a novel disease?” After CDC activated its Emergency Operation Center in January 2020, I worked with my supervisor to secure a spot Read More >

Posted on by Leah Dick, MPH, CHES, Health Communication Specialist3 CommentsTags

A Steep Learning Curve, Then COVID-19 Hits Home

I’ve worked as a health communication specialist on the COVID-19 response for the past year. In Japan, I translated CDC guidance into plain language so Americans quarantined on a cruise ship would understand  the information needed to board a U.S. flight home. In Atlanta, I managed the process to publish international guidance on the CDC Read More >

Posted on by Elizabeth Kurylo, MCM, CCPH, Health Communication Specialist3 CommentsTags

CDC Tanzania and partners: Ensure HIV services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a series of unique structural, logistical, and program challenges related to routine HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services in Tanzania. To better protect healthcare workers and people living with HIV (PLHIV), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Government of Tanzania (GoT), non-governmental partners, and healthcare facilities Read More >

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