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Flu-COVID ‘twindemic’ concerns: IU experts available to comment

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – As flu season approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there are concerns about cases of both diseases flaring up this fall and winter, causing a “twindemic.” Many of the measures that prevented the flu from spreading over the past two years, such as social distancing and wearing a mask, are no longer being practiced. IU experts are available to comment on flu season and the state of the pandemic.

For more information, contact Barbara Brosher at bbrosher@iu.edu or 812-855-1175.

Cole Beeler
IUPUI

Cole Beeler

IU School of Medicine

Dr. Cole Beeler, an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the IU School of Medicine, is also associate fellowship director for the Infectious Disease Fellowship and medical director of Infection Prevention at University Hospital, where he rounds and has clinic. He is interested in infectious-related harm events, as well as resident and medical student education.

Expertise

Infectious diseases, infection prevention, influenza, flu, medical student education.

Ana Bento
IU Bloomington

Ana Bento

School of Public Health/Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Ana Bento is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and an adjunct in the Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Program in the Department of Biology. She is an eco-epidemiologist with a focus on ecology and evolution of infectious diseases.

Expertise

Infectious disease transmission modeling, mathematical and statistical models, bacterial evolution, emerging and re-emerging disease, population dynamics.

Thomas Duszynski
IUPUI

Thomas Duszynski

Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health/Department of Epidemiology

Thomas Duszynski has worked in public health for more than 20 years, starting his career as an environmental inspector for a local health department. He has served as a field epidemiologist for the Indiana State Department of Health, and in August 2005 he was named director of the field epidemiology program.

Expertise

Local and state public health, infectious disease, epidemiology, field epidemiology, public health surveillance (the continuous, systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data needed for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health practice), public health leadership.

Graham McKeen
IU

Graham McKeen

Environmental Health & Safety

Graham McKeen is assistant university director of public and environmental health at Indiana University. He is an experienced public and environmental health professional skilled in management, policy analysis, and public and environmental health. His expertise is in food safety, water quality, vector control, with a particular interest in zoonotic, vector-borne and other communicable diseases.

Expertise

Public health, environmental health, food safety, communicable disease, COVID-19, water quality, pest management.

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