Professor Raina MacIntyre – The COVID-19 pandemic update: transmission, herd immunity and is an exit strategy possible?

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 - 12:00pm

Professor Raina MacIntyre's presentation on COVID-19 on Tuesday 21 April 2020 is now available here:

We will be posting some of the questions from the Q&A session that Professor MacIntyre has answered on our website next week.


Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Professor Raina MacIntyre

Professor Raina MacIntyre
Head, Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow

Raina MacIntyre is head of the Biosecurity Program at The Kirby Institute and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. She has a research track record in respiratory transmissible viral infections including influenza, seasonal coronaviruses and MERS Coronavirus, and control of epidemic respiratory infections, including through vaccines and face masks.


The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving. This update will focus on the epidemiology, pillars of public health disease control, health workers as a high-risk group, and emerging evidence around asymptomatic and aerosol transmission. The lockdown, social distancing, schools, universal face mask use and the herd immunity myth will be discussed in the context of an exit strategy. Other topics such as duration of immunity, reinfection potential and latest drug treatment data will be touched on.