February 21, 2022

VUMC in the news, Feb. 22, 2022

A roundup of a few recent stories from the press about Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about COVID-19, influenza and other subjects in the news. The emergence of the omicron variant has especially given him opportunities to speak to reporters and provide information and context. Among the news organizations he has spoken with recently: ABC News, Associated Press, CNN, USA Today, Salon, Washington Post,  Medical News Today, Everyday Health, Healthline, Parade, and AARP News.

Time magazine health correspondent Jamie Ducharme interviewed James Crowe, MD, director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, for a story about the promise of nasal vaccines against COVID-19 and how that compares to the nasal flu vaccine.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) fact-checking reporter Claire Savage interviewed Stephen Camarata, PhD, professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, for a story about claims that face masks cause speech problems in preschool-aged children.

WSMV Channel 4 reporter Brittany Weiner interviewed Jim Jackson, PsyD, assistant director of the ICU Recovery Center, for a story about how apps like Wordle and Nerdle can help mental acuity, including for people who are suffering COVID brain fog. Jackson was also quoted by The Guardian about a study indicating the risk of mental health disorders increases after COVID infections.