September 21, 2020 – Dr. Hugh Pennington of Aberdeen University explains the risks and realities of a Covid 'second wave' this fall. He compares what we see with the flu vs. coronaviruses like SARS or, in this case, Covid. Dr. Pennington also discusses whether it makes sense to shut down schools based on the evidence so far of transmission among children, how successful we should expect a vaccine to be, and much more.
Dr. Hugh Pennington is an emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He chaired the Pennington Group inquiry for the Secretary of State for Scotland into the 1996 outbreak of E.coli infection in central Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences, and has received honorary DSc degrees from the universities of Lancaster, Strathclyde and Aberdeen. He is a member of the Scottish Food Advisory Committee of the Food Standards Agency and the World Food Program Technical Advisory Group, and is Vice Chair of the Broadcasting Council for Scotland (advising the BBC), and President of the Society for General Microbiology.