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Episode 2: A Conversation About Reopening Schools with Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Brandon Webb

The COVID-19 health crisis has tested us all, and as the school year approaches, many of us are feeling uneasy about what the future holds. But over the past five months, scientists and medical professionals have learned a great deal about this disease and how to combat it — professionals like Dr. Brandon Webb. A Canyons District parent who works with the Division of Infectious Disease and Clinical Epidemiology at Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Webb works with people who are sick with COVID-19 every day. When case counts started to rise in Utah, he says the medical community was feeling the same the sense of unease that educational professionals are feeling today. Fear comes in facing the unknown and in life there will always be circumstances we can’t control. The trick, according to Dr. Webb, is focusing on what we can control, and being personally responsible for doing what we know works to stop the spread of COVID-19, while being prudent, or taking care to anticipate and plan for all possible contingencies. Medicine, as you know, is a hands-on profession where physical distancing is not always possible. But by taking precautions and being cautious — keeping a distance when possible, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hand hygiene and disinfection techniques — Dr. Webb’s team safely treated the patients who came to them in their moment of need. They accomplished this in the highest-risk environment possible, and while achieving an astonishingly low transmission rate among caregivers. Canyons District’s new Superintendent Dr. Rick L. Robins recently had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Webb and talk about reopening schools.

Episode 2: A Conversation About Reopening Schools with Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Brandon Webb
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