Ontario expected to lift most mask requirements near the two-year anniversary of global pandemic

This Friday (March 11) marks the two-year anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a global pandemic following worldwide outbreaks of COVID-19.

With Ontario expected to lift most mask requirements in the coming weeks, the following experts from Western University are available to media for comment about the past, present and future of the coronavirus disease.

Kate Choi 

Professor, Department of Sociology

Director, Centre for Research on Social Inequality

Areas of Expertise: Social inequality of COVID-19, racial and socioeconomic disparities

Anwar Haque 

Professor, Department of Computer Science

Industry Expert-in-Residence, Faculty of Science

Areas of Expertise: Contact tracing privacy, online medical tool effectiveness

Dr. Nitin Mohan

Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Professor, Master of Public Health and Global Health Systems

Areas of Expertise: Mask requirements, infectious disease surveillance, data collection

Adrian Owen 

Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Koerner Fellow and Co-Director, CIFAR Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Areas of Expertise: Effects of COVID-19 on the brain, long covid

Maxwell Smith 

Professor, School of Health Studies

Co-Director, Health Ethics, Law and Policy (HELP) Lab

Areas of Expertise: Mask requirements, public health ethics, population-level bioethics, infectious disease ethics

Prachi Srivastava

Professor, Faculty of Education

Areas of Expertise: Mask requirements, provincial, national and global education, global development

Nadine Wathen

Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing

Canada Research Chair in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence

Areas of Expertise: Gender-based violence during a pandemic and lockdowns, health equity & social justice

A feature story about the two year-anniversary of the WHO declaring a global pandemic, including expert commentary from many of these researchers, can be read here.

Western also has experts available for media interviews on topics including vaccine delivery and supply, global education, clinical impact, women’s issues, and community-based epidemiology.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Renaud, Senior Media Relations Officer, 519-520-7281 (mobile), jrenaud9@uwo.ca

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