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Chapter 1

COVID-19 and School Reopening Update

Jeanne Noble, MD and Lisa Patel, MD

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In this Hippo Education bonus, Lisa Patel, MD, sits down with Jeanne Noble, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of COVID Response at UCSF Parnassus, to discuss the clinical data and updated CDC guidelines regarding school reopening during COVID, from in-school transmission rates, vaccines, and mental health issues. Lisa also interviews Itoco Garcia, Ed.D, Superintendent of Sausalito Marin City School District, on how his schools safely reopened during the pandemic.




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