Improving Health Communications About COVID-19

Dr. Andy Lazris, MD, and Dr. Erik Rifkin, PhD, co-founders of the Center for Interpreting Health Benefits and Risk discuss their new book “Understanding COVID-19 Risks: An Image is Worth More Than 1,000 Words”, (July 2021). They also talk about the Benefit-Risk Characterization Theatre (BRCT) which they developed and how they believe this can be an essential tool in clearing up a lot of confusion with COVID-19. They share the latest update on COVID and Delta and what the biggest concerns are right now.

Andy Lazris, MD is a physician Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He has practiced both primary care Internal Medicine and Geriatrics for the past 25 years and is the founder and one of five practitioners of a primary care practice in Columbia, MD, Personal Physician Care. In addition to Internal Medicine board certification, he has a Certified Medical Director (CMD) degree, and is the director of several long term care facilities in Maryland. Dr. Lazris is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He received a full merit scholarship to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed his Internal Medicine training at University of Virginia Hospital. His most recent book, Curing Medicare (Cornell University Press) explores geriatric health care, how it is impacted by Medicare, and how to best reform the Medicare system.

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