Houston and the Outlook for COVID-19

Insights from an Infectious Disease Scientist

About this session

Infectious disease scientist Dr. Yousif Shamoo joins Assistant Dean Cathy Maris for a conversation with community members regarding the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic in Houston and what possibly lies ahead. Topics include the “spreading dynamics” of COVID-19 and will it come back? How effective have social distancing and other strategies been to “flatten the curve” and what research tells us about potential seasonality of coronavirus, the role of potential antibody tests, vaccines and antiviral medications, and the factors and models scientists and public health officials use to forecast the course of coronavirus and similar diseases. Dr. Shamoo will also field questions from participants.

Yousif Shamoo, Ph.D., Professor of Biosciences and the Vice Provost for Research at Rice University


Fundamentals of Social Distancing and Flattening
Case Study Data
  • Good examples of control are South Korea and Taiwan.
  • A good example of sufficient testing and contact follow up control is Germany.
  • Make sure to use a logarithmic plot of the case data to see if the trend is flattening.
Additional Resources

If you are interested in the primary scientific reports here are some highlights but you would probably need a good background in medicine or science to get a lot out of these:


Friday, May 1, 2020
12:00 PM CT
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Yousif Shamoo, Ph.D.

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Yousif Shamoo

Dr. Yousif Shamoo is a Professor of Biosciences at Rice University and the Vice Provost for Research. He is also a member of the Rice University Crisis Management Team for which he provides COVID-19 forecasting and other scientific guidance regarding infectious diseases. Dr. Shamoo’s research lab studies the rise of multi-drug resistant bacteria (hospital ‘super pathogens’) and receives support from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. He is the recipient of the American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer award and Rice’s top teaching award, the George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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