USC Experts

Jeffrey Klausner

Expert in applied epidemiology and the prevention and control of infectious diseases of public health importance like HIV, STDs, TB, COVID-19 and cryptococcal infections.

January 12th, 2021

Experts offer strategies to encourage widespread acceptance of the coronavirus vaccine

The pandemic has spiraled out of control as a more contagious version of COVID-19 spreads, increasing the urgency to quickly vaccinate as many people as possible. Yet polling over the last several months has shown that many Americans have safety concerns and don’t want the vaccine just yet. USC experts say that hesitancy can be […]

November 30th, 2020

Business closures, partial reopenings due to COVID may cost the US $3-$5 trillion in GDP over 2 years, USC study finds

USC economists project that a best-case scenario for the United States hinges on whether the initial mandatory closures and social distancing measures were sufficient to control the rise in coronavirus cases. In a worst-case scenario, infections would ramp up considerably after businesses reopen; thus, forcing another round of closures. The study comes just as many […]

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November 19th, 2020

Five lessons we’ve learned about COVID-19 since the pandemic began

Less than a year since the pandemic began, two potential vaccine candidates are on the horizon. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its deadly march, one thing is clear: Scientific understanding of the new coronavirus and advances in fighting it have progressed with stunning speed. Here are five key things we’ve learned about COVID-19 since […]

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October 27th, 2020

Los Angeles city and county officials join USC Schaeffer to launch COVID-19 rapid testing pilot

Project will explore use of rapid testing among first responders and school-aged children CONTACT: Leigh Hopper, lhopper@usc.edu or (310) 308-0405 *TV producers and assignment editors may email Andrea Garcia, andrea.f.garcia@lacity.org, to receive video footage and photos after the event.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2020 LOS ANGELES — Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Schaeffer Center for Health […]

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September 11th, 2020

Staying afloat in a pandemic

American businesses and workers trying to weather the COVID-19 storm are facing financial and legal danger as the pandemic drags on, straining relationships between companies and employees. Supply chain ruptures have created bare shelves for retailers while layoffs are putting an unknown number of workers at risk for bankruptcy. Working from home, once an aspiration […]

September 10th, 2020

As fires rage, climate change is back on the election agenda

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu This was supposed to be the year when climate change finally became a priority for U.S. voters. And then the world, and the 2020 election, was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dealing with climate change took a backseat to facing down a new existential threat. Now, as wildfires rage unchecked across California and […]

August 31st, 2020

1 in 5 Tenants in LA Has Struggled with Rent During Pandemic, Study Finds

A UCLA-USC study of census data shows thousands of L.A. renters are at risk of eviction when the California eviction moratorium expires on Tuesday, Sept. 1; tens of thousands more are in deep financial trouble.  Contact: Emily Gersema, gersema@usc.edu or (213) 712-3168; Julie Labich, samere@price.usc.edu or (323) 219-4464 Twenty-two percent of Los Angeles County tenants paid rent late at […]

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