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National News Media

June 7th, 2021 -CBS News

As CBS News’ Janet Shamlian reports, there are mounting concerns about the slowing pace of coronavirus vaccinations in the U.S. as President Biden’s July 4 goal nears. Southern states are struggling to convince people to roll up their sleeves. Dr. Shad Marvasti joined CBSN’s Elaine Quijano to discuss the day’s headlines.

March 7th, 2021 – NBC News

NBC News’ Steve Patterson travelled to neighboring states Arizona and New Mexico to get an inside look at their different approaches to handling the pandemic. Medical experts and business owners from each state weigh in on how the responses affected them.

December 10th, 2020 – MSNBC

With over 90% of Arizona’s ICU beds full and now with the highest COVID transmission rate in the nation, there are still no new mitigation measures since the summer here in Arizona to help stop the spread making it frustrating for nurses, doctors and health care workers as they continue to battle COVID-19 on the front lines.

June 12th, 2020 – CNBC

In his most watched interview with over 900,000 views, Dr. Shad joins joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss the Coronavirus crisis in the state of Arizona and what policies needs to be put in place to prevent further cases from surging across the state.

July 25th, 2020 – ABCNews

Public health experts such as Dr. Shad Marvasti, told ABC News it would be irresponsible to open these centers during the height of the pandemic.

January 11th, 2021 – Yahoo Finance

Dr. Shad Marvasti, joins ‘joins Yahoo Finance’s Kristin Myers to discuss the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona, why he believes it could have been prevented, and how hospitals are overwhelmed.

July 17th, 2020 – The Washington Post

“Young people are not living in a vacuum,” said Farshad Fani Marvasti, director of public health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. “They’re interacting with people who are more susceptible.”

June 29th, 2020 – CNBC

Dr. Shad Marvasti, University of Arizona College of Medicine, joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss the rise in coronavirus cases in Arizona and what he’s seeing on the front lines.

October 6th, 2020 – Arizona PBS

“I’m actually very disappointed and saddened by his choice of words,” Dr. Marvasti said. “I understand that maybe he is trying to show his strength. But as president it is really critical to show sympathy for the over 210,000 lives that have been lost…It’s not about fear, it’s about following the science, and in the role of president, it’s important that you reinforce the science on public health and not undermine it.”

June 6th, 2020 – USA Today

The Arizona tally of hospitalizations statewide of patients with suspected and positive COVID-19 reached a record high of 1,234 on Thursday. Hospitalization numbers are not influenced by testing rates, experts say. “I don’t think the amount of testing that we have has increased that significantly, to be able to account for such a big jump in seven days. It’s hard with these numbers, being as dramatic as they are, to say that it’s only due to increased testing” Dr. Shad

July 20th, 2020 – Univision

En Phoenix ya se han recibido ocho contenedores refrigerados con una capacidad de almacenamiento de hasta 21 cadáveres cada uno y se espera que durante la semana lleguen seis más. Las autoridades de salud precisan que aún no entrarán en uso. Por su parte, el médico Chad Marvasati asegura que se necesitan más pruebas de covid-19 para hacerle frente a la pandemia e indica que los resultados de los test están tardando “demasiado tiempo”.

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Arizona News Media

June 30th, 2021 -FOX10 Phoenix

The threat of the Delta variant has some health officials rethinking COVID-19 measures, even among vaccinated people. “We definitely know it’s more aggressive than previous variants and perhaps the most dangerous variant we’ve had so far in this pandemic,” said University of Arizona College of Medicine Director, Dr. Shad Marvasti. “Delta variant makes up 21% of all of the cases in the country, and it’s doubling every two weeks.”

June 30th, 2021 -Arizona PBS

It’s the end of June in Arizona. That means dangerous triple-digit temperatures are the norm. The Arizona Department of Health Services reports that nearly 3,000 people visit emergency rooms for heat-related illnesses every year. We spoke with Dr. Shad Marvasti, Director of Public Health at the University of Arizona, about how to stay safe in the summer heat.

June 29th, 2021 -KTAR News

A University of Arizona doctor on Monday recommended everyone, including those fully vaccinated, wear a mask amid a growing concern over the COVID-19 Delta variant. Dr. Shad told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad Show despite the protections provided by coronavirus vaccines, he believes it’s “premature” to stop wearing masks.

June 28th, 2021 -Yahoo Finance

Dr. Shad Marvasti Director of Public Health Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, joined Yahoo Finance Live to break down why he thinks bringing back the mask mandate to combat the Delta variant of COVID-19 is a good idea.

June 28th, 2021 -Fronteras

While life in our state might be getting back to normal, COVID-19 cases in Arizona have been ticking up. In the last week, cases here have increased by about 15%. The state’s Department of Health Services reported 413 new cases June 28. The Show speaks with University of Arizona’s Dr. Shad Marvasti to learn more about this recent uptick in cases and how significant it is.

June 17th, 2021 -Arizona Sorts 98.7fm

“My first reaction was I hope he’s fully vaccinated, because if he’s fully vaccinated, it’s likely not to be a big deal,” Marvasti told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo on Wednesday. Dr. Shad, who specializes in public health and prevention at the UA’s College of Medicine in Phoenix, said the outlook for Paul returning to the team is relatively positive considering the position Phoenix is in.

May 17th, 2021 -KJZZ

Dr. Shad Marvasti, with the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, says he expects a growing body of knowledge over the next six months. “At this point what we know from vaccine immunity is that it lasts at least six months, and studies are underway now looking beyond the six months time frame, to see whether or not there is still immunity,” 

May 7th, 2021 -AZfamily

With kids still not vaccinated, University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix Dr. Shad Marvasti says now is not the time to ease up on COVID-19 protocols. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” says Marvasti. “There’s no scientific basis or support for this. It’s really just exposing everyone and creating a dangerous situation for children and families.”

May 4th, 2021 -AZfamily

Doctors say we’re in a race against time as more travelers hop on planes, and many still are not vaccinated. “Everywhere we go, we take variants with us,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti. “If anyone is infected with the variant in New York and the Midwest, any other part of the world, and they’re coming to Phoenix, Sky Harbor, they’re bringing the variant with them.”

April 27th, 2021 -KJZZ

The University of Arizona’s Dr. Shad Marvasti suggests that vaccinated seniors not only can, but should get out and travel. “I encourage folks, and I have encouraged patients who are seniors and in that category, to go and visit their loved ones once they’re fully vaccinated. Take precautions, but get out there and stay connected,” said Marvasti. 

April 26th, 2021 -AZfamily

With evidence showing COVID spread is low outdoors, doctors think the CDC will be relaxing its stance on wearing masks outside. “I think what they have to consider carefully is whether or not there’s data to support no mask wearing for people outdoors who are unvaccinated, which I don’t think there’s enough data to support that yet,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti.

April 22nd, 2021 -AZfamily

Researchers are learning new details about the long-term effects of COVID-19. A new study shows COVID-19 “long haulers” have a significantly higher chance of dying months after their infection. “These people wouldn’t have died if they didn’t have complications related to the damage that COVID caused in different systems in their body, leading to blood clots, heart attack,” said Dr. Marvasti.

April 22nd, 2021 -AZfamily

Dr. Shad Marvasti says under the most recent CDC guidelines, and regardless of community spread of COVID-19, masks are the first in line and should be required in all schools. Considering new strains that are disproportionately impacting younger adults and more children, among other factors, he thinks it’s premature to let go of mask mandates. “We shouldn’t allow any risk to be there, and I think even if it’s minimal relative to adults, it’s not zero,”

April 19th, 2021 -PBS Horizon

Many seniors are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and are looking forward to making travel plans. PBS Horizon spoke with Dr. Shad Marvasti of the UArizona College of Medicine, to get his ideas on safe travel for seniors.  “I think it’s great that people who are fully vaccinated and I think seniors in particular, it’s a great opportunity to reconnect with family and friends because you know loneliness is actually a big deal and particularly in seniors…”

April 19th, 2021 -KJZZ

“Right now, we still have too much COVID in our community. And the reason for that is, not enough people have been vaccinated fully, and we’ve already let down our guard by making us vulnerable by a lack of mask mandates and people gathering,” said Marvasti. “The odds of infection after-vaccination are on a par with the measles vaccine, which has a 98% protection rate.”

April 19th, 2021 -ABC15

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday rescinded part of an executive order that required face masks be worn inside K-12 schools. Regarding CDC guidance, Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine said, “Unless there’s some other document that we’re not aware of… it’s pretty clear about requiring masks, no matter how much spread there is in the community.”

April 19th, 2021 -12News Phoenix

More than half of all adult Americans have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The younger you are, experts say the more likely it is that you will experience a side effect. “It’s actually expected to see more side effects the younger you are because our immune system has a more robust response to the vaccines,” Dr. Farshad Marvasti.  

April 16th, 2021 -AZfamily CBS5 3TV

The COVID-19 vaccine gives many people hope, but not all the answers. Researchers still want to know how long people are protected after getting the shot. If you had COVID-19 already, Marvasti recommends getting vaccinated within three months. “Myself and my colleagues diagnose people with re-infections who were sick in June and July of last year,”

April 14th, 2021 -KJZZ NPR

“What is clear from a number of studies is that there’s a strong relationship in terms of your levels prior to infection,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increase in cytokines — “cell to cell chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation” — and lower levels of protective immune cells.

April 13th, 2021 -12News Phoenix

“People should not be concerned or hesitant about to get those vaccines because many more doses have been given out for the Pfizer and Moderna,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti. “We’ve seen the safety record play out around the world. If there is hesitancy to get a vaccine, the ones available are safe and effective. It’s safer to get those than to get Covid.”

April 5th, 2021 -ABC15

“Just look at all the zip codes that have had the most devastating, highest percentage of hospitalizations, cases and deaths from COVID, and then make those neighborhoods a priority. Find ways of getting into those neighborhoods and do some community organizing and educational campaigns. ” 

Mar 30th, 2021 -KJZZ

The state’s coronavirus infections continue to fall, with just 586 new cases and 23 deaths as of March 30. A little more than 29% of the state has been vaccinated. The Show spoke with Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine for an assessment on the current situation with COVID-19.

Mar 30th, 2021 -AzFamily

“Unfortunately, I have to say I’m not surprised because a lot of our policy decisions have made us a breeding ground for COVID-19 here in Arizona,” said Dr. Marvasti. “They also commented on the fact that we really don’t know how widespread this is, so it could be much worse than we’re seeing right now.”

Mar 26th, 2021 -ABC15

“I think it’s premature. I would have liked to see us wait until we have at least 60% of the population vaccinated…It makes sense to still allow local mayors and city officials to make those decisions about whether or not to mandate masks in their cities and local municipalities because they know what’s best in terms of what’s happening on the ground.”

Mar 23rd, 2021 -The State Press

“If everybody who’s allowed to be there (is) vaccinated, then … I think then you can feel a lot more confident about the safety of everyone involved,” Marvasti said. With fans still looking to get their fix for live sports, Marvasti agreed with Humble that enforcing mask-wearing and distancing is key to keeping people safe.

Mar 5th, 2021 – AZcentral

“Admittedly I’m not that surprised, given the response, the governor and ADHS  have chosen to take in the face of the rising numbers when we were leading the world and the country in terms of our growth rate and hospitalizations and deaths per capita,” Marvasti said.

Mar 1st, 2021 -AZFamily

The state’s sudden change on its vaccine rollout plan has some who were next in the line for the shot frustrated, as they’re bow pushed back weeks, possibly months. Dr. Marvasti said while there is a benefit to this, there’s also a Catch 22 in making essential workers and younger folks wait longer. 

Feb 18th, 2021 – YurView

Host Erica Cardenas talks with Doctor Shad Marvasti about the myth that all fat is bad for you. He’ll tell us whether it’s true or false and give you information on selecting the right fats to add to your lifestyle. “It depends really on how you prepare the fat, where the fat comes from, and what kind of fat it is.” Dr. Shad Marvasti.

Feb 15th, 2021 -FOX10 Phoenix

While COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be effective, it is still unclear if a booster shot will be needed after the initial doses. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix says it depends on immunity response. “We don’t know ultimately how long the immunity will last from the vaccine. We know that it’s going to be at least three months, if not, maybe six months, potentially up to a year,” Marvasti said.

Feb 24th, 2021 – KJZZ

Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine told KJZZ’s The Show disparities in the vaccine rollout are a concern, since racial and ethnic minority groups have been disproportionately hard-hit by the virus. “Right now folks who have transportation, a car, internet access as well as internet literacy really have been favored in this, so folks with means. But what we need to do is get to those who do not have the means,” Marvasti said. 

Feb 22nd, 2021 -FOX10 Phoenix

“We need testing to stay up whether or not we have a widespread or a few cases, that is when you can actually get to contact tracing,” says Dr. Shad Marvasti. Because the state cannot properly conduct the contact tracing and it is almost impossible to get an accurate read on the spread that is happening, Shad says, “This is a concerning trend throughout the pandemic.”

Feb 15th, 2021 -FOX10 Phoenix

That’s a big factor in why we are seeing case numbers drop off around the country and in Arizona, doctors say, adding that the public is obviously listening to COVID-19 precautions. “The mask-wearing mitigation, the fact that we are off of all of the travel for the holiday season,” says Dr. Shad Marvasti, Director of Public Health, Prevention and Health at the University of Arizona.

Feb 12th, 2021 -AZFamily

“Our ZIP code is as important if not more important than our genetic code,” Dr. Marvasti says there are a lot of barriers to getting the vaccine for people living in underserved communities. “Having to have internet access and be savvy enough to get through that whole scheduling process and the snafus that have come up. Having transportation and having a flexible job that allows you time to actually go and get vaccinated,” 

Feb 10th, 2021 -KJZZ

After mounting pressure from public health experts and news organizations, the state created a dashboard Feb. 10 showing some of the data about how it’s dispensing vaccinations. For more about those developments and all things COVID-19, The Show spoke with Dr. Shad Marvasti, the director of Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.

Feb 9th, 2021 -Arizona PBS

Not only were 22,000 fans in attendance at the Super Bowl, but large celebrations also broke out after the game. Watching this, Dr. Marvasti said he cringed. “I actually felt anxious given the fact that we’re still really not out of the woods with this pandemic and just not a good time to get all those folks together,” Dr. Marvasti said. He compares the holidays to the gatherings we saw, hoping we don’t see the cases rise as they did after the holidays.

Feb 8th, 2021 -AZMirror

“Viruses mutate all the time, and it’s because they have imperfect mechanisms of replication”, Dr. Marvasti. “The flu replicates much faster than other viruses, which tends to mean that the flu vaccine has a success rate of around 60%. The current COVID-19 vaccines have an effective range of up to 90%, in large part because the virus has mutated slowly, and in ways that haven’t yet affected how the vaccines train the body to fight off the illness.” 

Feb 8th, 2021 -KTAR News

Following the record-breaking speed of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trials, there has yet to be any evidence that shows the vaccines can completely stop people from being infected. “What we’re trying to research right now is to see how much immunity and antibodies do these vaccines actually produce and how long does it last and whether or not that’s enough to stop the spread,” Dr. Shad Marvasti

Feb 8th, 2021 -AZFamily

University of Arizona College of Medicine doctor Shad Marvasti. said while some supply shortages were to be expected, the state and county need to be upfront about them.”We need full transparency. We need them all to tell us, the public, what went wrong, what they’re doing to fix it, and what the plan is moving forward,” 

Jan 29th, 2021 -AZFamily

Fauci said if those trials are successful, they will start testing kids as young as nine years old. However, Dr. Shad Marvasti, with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, said those trials could take longer to get emergency approval. “Once you get under ten years of age and before puberty, it is really a totally different ball game,” said Marvasti. “They aren’t just little adults, they have different physiology, and they will require significantly

Jan, 27th, 2021 -Turning Arizona Blue

On the first episode of Turning Arizona Blue,  Dr. Shad addresses: AZ’s status as the world’s worst for infections; Gov. Ducey’s lack of critical mitigation after August 2020; vaccinations will not address the short-term crisis; damage from Trump’s lack of national leadership; our national treasure Dr. Fauci is free and in charge; and systemic structural racism is causing health disparities in America. 

Jan 25th, 2021 -Fronteras

Arizona health officials added 5,321 new coronavirus cases and one additional death to the daily dashboard Jan. 25. And there is often a reporting lag in new numbers over the weekend. The Show spoke more about all of this with Dr. Shad Marvasti, and he said, despite these numbers, it’s still too early to tell if Arizona’s numbers are trending downward.

Jan 19th, 2021 -Arizona PBS

Dr. Marvasti predicts we won’t see an improvement in COVID-19 cases until about 50% of the population is vaccinated. The vaccine rollout will take some time, so Dr. Marvasti says reliance on social distancing measures and masks are crucial. “We can’t really vaccinate our way out of this because it is really narrow thinking to just focus on that as a solution,” Dr. Marvasti said.

Jan 18th, 2021 -AZFamily

Dr. Marvasti said an event like this could be a virus super-spreader.  “The university as a whole and the researchers have taken such a leadership role with innovative research and into COVID-19 modeling, as well as new technologies to help with testing and treatment, and to see such a contrast in terms of behavior of students is just unacceptable,”

Jan 15th, 2021 -ABC15 News

Public health experts like Dr. Shad Marvasti tell ABC15 that there’s no evidence to support that. “There’s no expert that would promote that as a strategy. Vaccines will not be able to come fast enough to save lives today,” said Dr. Shad. “We’re going to have unnecessary suffering and we’re going to have deaths that can be prevented.”

Jan 14th, 2021 -YurView

Host Erica Cardenas talks with Doctor Shad Marvasti who is with University of Arizona’s College of Medicine about health myths and what we should believe. We’ll talk about the importance of good health information, Covid-19 vaccine myths and how bad myths can be harmful.

Jan 12th, 2021 -AZCentral

The AIA reversed its initial decision to cancel the season and instead voted to move ahead with winter sports. “Even with the masks, it is a risk for athletes due to the fact they are not isolated. I don’t know of any experts, either medical or public health, that would agree that masks would make it enough to be safe to play,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti.

Jan 9th, 2021 -Channel 12 News

Doctors and medical professionals continue to learn more about COVID-19. And in some respects, it is worse than initially thought. “We’ve also seen these long-term COVID symptoms with people who have been very mildly symptomatic and young and otherwise healthy. So, we don’t completely understand it,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti, who is with University of Arizona’s College of Medicine.

Jan 1st, 2021 -KJZZ

Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine is hopeful that the new COVID-19 vaccines will be widely available to the public by late spring to early summer. That means more people will be protected against the virus which has resulted in about 9,000 deaths in the state, according Friday data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Jan 1st, 2021 -ABC15

“I don’t know what’s going on, but who is going to save us?,” asked Dr. Shad Marvasti, who teaches at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Marvasti said we can expect deaths to continue to climb in Arizona, “maybe people think, and maybe the state leadership thinks the vaccine will save us, and the reality is the vaccine is not going to save us right now, the vaccine will hopefully help people and eventually save folks down the line,”

Dec 31st, 2020 -AZfamily CBS 5 & 3TV

A 97-year-old Mesa woman beat the odds battling pneumonia and COVID-19. It is a mystery while some older patients survive COVID-19 and others do not, many factors may contribute to survival. Dr. Farshad Marvasti says factors like genetics, lifestyle, blood type, and vitamin levels may help someone fight off coronavirus. Additional factors, including support systems and a fighting spirit, may also play a role.

Dec 21st, 2020 -12News Phoenix

There have been reports of some reactions – mostly mild – in very rare cases very serious, but if you do have any reaction to the vaccine, should you still get the second shot? “You definitely can still get the second one,” Dr. Shad Marvasti ”I would definitely also encourage people to talk to their doctor if they have any allergic reactions or persistent side effects outside of the normal muscle aches, fever.” 

Dec 17th, 2020 -AZfamily CBS5 & 3TV

A lot is still unknown about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine but it is potentially a game changer with only requiring one shot instead of two. Dr. Marvasti says the one does is great but it does have a potential downside, “you want to get the dosing exactly right because if you have too high of a dose you may get too much of an immune response in which case you will get inflammation and side effects that you don’t want.”

Dec 17th, 2020 -Azfamily CBS5 & 3TV

“The issue is going to be having enough doses at the right time,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti, director of Public Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. Marvasti notes the Pfizer vaccine is a two-shot system, so supply and logistics will be key in ensuring frontline workers are properly protected against COVID-19. “It’s not set that it’s going to reduce the risk of spreading it or getting it,” said Dr. Marvasti. “But at least you’re not going to get severely ill.”

Dec 8th, 2020 -FRONTERAS

New COVID-19 restrictions in California have caused the San Francisco 49ers to play two games at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale instead. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix says allowing this is a bad idea. “We’re not only going to be a playground, but we’re going to be a breeding ground for COVID-19. It’s definitely a recipe for disaster. Now’s not the time to be promoting tourism or having sports teams come to our home turf,” 

Dec 6th, 2020 -FOX10 Phoenix

“Schools should be the last thing to close, and they should be the first to reopen, and that should be the priority, and that’s where we should pay funds for targeted closures, so I think offering teachers the vaccine and including them as part of the first-line health care worker,s because education and mental health are very important to children, is just as important as the physical health of our population. ,” said Dr. Marvasti.

Dec 5th, 2020 -ABC15 Phoenix

Some public health experts are speaking out against recent actions that promote out-of-state tourism to Arizona as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ICU bed use continue to spike. “To advertise for people during the height of the pandemic numbers and surge to come to our state, as if — not only are we a playground but we’re also going to be a breeding ground for COVID-19,” Dr. Shad Marvasti said. “That doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Dec 5th, 2020 -KJZZ

Arizona has plans to distribute nearly 400,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers and nursing home residents as soon as it becomes available, but it could likely be several months before the general public can get the shot. “Hopefully if we do that, if we can be strong in this resolve, then we can get back to some kind of normal life post-vaccination, later I would say in 2021,” Marvasti said. “Realistically, the majority of people aren’t going to have access to this vaccine until late spring or early summer.”

Dec 5th, 2020 -Azcentral

Dr. Shad was “deeply disappointed” that Ducey did not adopt any of the measures that Bessel and the other health leaders wanted, including banning sporting events. “At this point, it’s way too widespread not only in Arizona but also in neighboring states and nationwide. You are introducing elements where people are potentially bringing it with them or serving as a carrier even if they are asymptomatic,” 

November 24th, 2020 -FOX10 Phoenix

The state Department of Health Services reported 5,442 new cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 3 — one of the highest daily reports since the pandemic began. With 6,821 people who have now died from COVID-19 in our state, KJZZ spoke with Dr. Shad about the current situation in Arizona including how the caseload and death rate will only get worse before the end of the year.

Dec 20th, 2020 -AZFamily CBS5 & 3 TV

Dr. Shad Marvasti is with the University of Arizona College of Medicine agreed. He said having an event like this can become a super-spreader event in an instant. “You get excited, you sing to your favorite song. We know that singing also increases the spread of the aerosol particles. Unless everyone is wearing an N95 respirator and full PPE as their costume or outfit for the dance, you’re going to get spread.”

November 24th, 2020 -FOX10 Phoenix

As of Nov. 23, flu cases are low in Maricopa County, especially compared to this time last year. Doctors believe it’s partly because of COVID-19 preventative measures like mask-wearing, but they also say it’s too early to tell if the state will have a bad flu season. “The main reason we know this is because of the data that we have from the southern hemisphere where we see that we had a very mild flu season,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona.

Nov 20th, 2020 – AZFamily CBS5 & 3TV

Smith said she was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome, a rare auto-immune disorder, and Bell’s Palsy, a condition that causes muscle weakness in the face. Although extremely rare, health experts have linked both conditions to COVID-19. Smith said she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies and said her doctors believe the virus could be responsible for her diagnoses. 

Nov 21st, 2020 -AZFamily CBS5 & 3 TV

Dr. Marvasti warns that travel now is much more dangerous than it was a few months ago. “Just the odds are that there’s going to be someone on the plane if not multiple people who have it, and you’re going to get exposed to it,” Dr. Shad Marvasti said. He wishes the CDC came out with their guidance earlier and agrees that people should cancel their Thanksgiving travel plans.

Nov 19th, 2020 – AZFamily CBS5 & 3TV

Dr. Shad Marvasti, director of Public Health and Prevention at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, is encouraged by the new test. He says accessibility to tests that can deliver rapid results will help people stop the spread of COVID-19. But he is encouraging consumers to do their homework before using any at-home test, even if it’s been approved by the FDA.

November 19th, 2020 -AZ MIRROR

“Every state has different layers of challenges, I think the Arizona culture is such that there is more questioning of vaccines.” Dr. Marvasti said there are also concerns about access to health care.  “We are also very behind in access to having a primary care physician. That’s why you see these urgent cares all over.”

Nov 18th, 2020 – 12News Phoenix

The airport testing is a step in the right direction, Dr. Marvasti thinks, but it could give people a false sense of security. We still need to mask up and stay physically distanced from our loved ones. If travelers do get a COVID-19 test, he says you should probably plan on quarantining or isolating until you get the results.

Nov 17th, 2020 – Las Vegas Review Journl

Dr. Shad believes further mitigation measures, such as restricting “high risk” indoor activities like indoor dining, could make a significant difference as doctors fear the flu season coupled with holiday gatherings could further exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus and overwhelm hospitals.

November 15th, 2020 – ABC15 Phoenix

“If we had done the public health measures correctly both in the state as well as nationally the first time, we wouldn’t be here now,” Dr. Shad Marvasti told ABC15. “We saw a 75% decrease in cases,” Shad said, referring to Governor Ducey’s March executive order restricting and effectively shutting down certain types of businesses. “ That can work again.”

Nov 15th, 2020 – 12News Phoenix

As COVID-19 cases rise in Arizona and across the country, another threat looms large as we head into flu season. Dr. Shad spoke with Team 12’s Erica Stapleton about what you should know to prepare for both. When it comes to flu shots, Dr. Marvasti says they’re just as important now as ever before. 

November 15th, 2020 – AZFamily

As cases rise, more schools are going back to online learning. Marvasti said if we want students back in the classroom after winter break, we need to act now. “After the holidays, if we can get the numbers low enough, we can start to reopen schools. I think we need to keep a statewide mask mandate in place, expand testing, and do more routine pool testing,” 

November 12th, 2020 – 12News Phoenix

 “Unfortunately, I think it is. Everything is moving in the wrong direction. The holidays are coming. We have folks coming in from out of town. It’s wise at this point, we’re not anticipating it’s going to be closed for one or two weeks and then open back up. We should think about a strategy for the winter,” said Marvasti.

November 11th, 2020 – AZFamily

Dr. Shad Marvasti, says he is not surprised the study identified restaurants as high risk when they are operating at normal conditions. But he says Arizona leaders should take drastic action to stop the current spike in cases. “You could make the argument that it would make sense to temporarily close these indoors settings for about two to three weeks and reevaluate, look at the impact to see if it makes a dent in the growth of cases,”

November 10th, 2020 – FOX10 Phoenix

“The challenges with this vaccine is it has to be stored at -94 degree,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti. “Most vaccines are stored at 35°F to 45°F, in a standard refrigerator.” Dr. Marvasti says most clinics don’t have the refrigerator type that is needed to get to a -94° temperature. He says this could cause issues in terms of distribution and maintenance of this vaccine.

November 10th, 2020 – KJZZ

 “We still want to look at the details to verify this, but it definitely sounds very promising and it’s good to hear,” Marvasti said. However, Marvasti cautions that adhering to mitigation efforts like wearing a mask and social distancing is critical even if the vaccine is approved. He says it will take time to distribute the vaccine to everyone.

November 8th, 2020 –

Health experts said Biden’s plan is a stark contrast to the current administration’s handling of the pandemic. “This administration hasn’t had any comprehensive plan as far as I can tell, in terms of a comprehensive testing strategy,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. “I am just really excited and hopeful.”

November 5th, 2020 – 12News Phoenix

University of Arizona College of Medicine Public Health Director and physician Dr. Shad Marvasti says school officials need to think about the impact the virus could have on schools as Arizona enters the holidays and influenza season. “I think we are very close to make that call to going completely virtual,” said Dr. Shad.

November 5th, 2020 –

COVID-19 numbers across Arizona are alarming. The state reported 2,135 new cases Thursday. Dr. Marvasti is now calling for a state-wide mask mandate and to close high-risk businesses, like bars and nightclubs.  “More and more people are getting sick and going to the hospitals. So what are we waiting for until it gets as bad as it was this summer?” said Marvasti. 

October 31st, 2020 –

Despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, people still celebrated Halloween on Saturday. Meantime, health experts are warning big Halloween parties and gatherings could be COVID-19 super spreaders. “All these signs put us exactly where we were around the end May and early June,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti “This is a really concerning situation right now.”

October 29th, 2020 – KJZZ

The steady rise in new COVID-19 cases in Arizona continues and healthcare workers bracing for another wave of patients and deaths Dr. Shad spoke with KJZZ on what Arizona should be doing to combat the fall surge of Coronavirus cases and what we should do as a community to stay safe.

October 28th, 2020 – 12News Arizona

“When you have that big of a change in temperature, that drastic change. It means the body also has to adjust itself more quickly than normal,” Marvasti said that when the temperature drops, the body has to work hard to maintain a normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees. “There’s actually changes to the blood. In terms of hemoglobin. Also changes in hormone levels. Different mechanisms in each of the cells,”

October 27th, 2020 – 12News Phoenix

“If you’re going to get out there, you want to keep distance,” Marvasti said. “You want to do it with folks who are part of your COVID bubble or part of your same household. You could also put out pre-packaged, separated candy for people to kind of take individually. So when you do it, obviously have your hands clean or sanitized. Then people can grab those individually rather than reaching into a bucket.”

October 22th, 2020 –

“We know that singing, you know, amplifies the spread because it really gets a lot of those viral particles out there into the air and spreads it out,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. “If there’s a way they can do it outdoors, that would be even better for public health and safety,”

October 19th, 2020 – 12News Arizona

“Obviously shopping carts are one of those things that a high number of people are going to be touching,” Dr. Sahd Marvasti from the University of Arizona College of Medicine said. “But if I had to choose between whether or not masks were required versus universal sanitizing, I would choose masks.”

October 16th, 2020 –

Yani said we could see the robotic system rolling around in hotels, schools and even offices as soon as early next year. But health experts want to remind people this isn’t an excuse to let your guard down. “It doesn’t replace wearing a mask or other precautions,” said Dr. Shad  “We can’t just take for granted that spraying down an area is enough to neutralize the threat.”

October 14th, 2020 –

“You’re in a contained tube for a number of hours. So I think people who are higher-risk for whatever reason need to be wary about whether the travel is essential or not.” And if you do have to travel by air, Dr. Marvasti recommends passengers wear both a mask and a face shield. “Just as an added layer of protection to protect your eyes from any splash or particles that are circulating in the are,” 

October 13th, 2020 – KJZZ

“You definitely have some antibodies and some element of immunity, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune for life. We know that there are people who have been reinfected with the virus, there’s estimates that immunity can last for a couple months at most,” Marvasti said.

October 10th, 2020 –

Dr. Shad Marvasti, associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine said regulation will be crucial. He said even with guidelines in place, it is important to know the risks. “Any event that you do, with or without the mask, if you do something indoors versus outdoors, there is six times the increased likelihood of spreading it or getting it,”

October 9th, 2020 –

And that is what Doctor Shad Marvasti with the UArizona College of Medicine recommends, instead of visiting an indoor attraction. “Any event you do outdoors, you’re 6 times less likely to get infected or give the infection to someone else. Even if you wear a mask, even if you try to keep distancing,” said Dr. Marvasti.

October 7th, 2020 – Washington Post

“It’s inaccurate, insensitive and because of the fact that he’s the president, it’s dangerous,” said Farshad Fani Marvasti, director of public health at the University of Arizona. “It’s very easy for him to give the impression that this is nothing to worry about. But he’s different. He has access to the highest level of care in the world. Most people don’t have a doctor on call at home 24 hours a day.”

Oct 2nd, 2020 –

“Because there are so many people gathering without wearing masks, it just makes it a lot more complex to try to figure out. You really can’t do effective contact tracing, which is why we don’t have large scale gatherings like that,” said Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti, a public health expert, physician and associate professor at the UA College of Medicine.

October 2nd, 2020 – AZFamily

Dr. Marvasti said remdesivir has been used often to help treat COVID-19 and is more streamlined at this point, but he said the antibody cocktail is fairly new and could be a game-changer. He said the antibodies come from either lab mice or humans who have recovered from the virus.

Sept 22nd, 2020 – ABC15 Phoenix

“We’re not at the lowest point that we’ve been, and we’re not at the highest point. We are creeping up a little bit, but that’s to be expected also because we have more people in circulation that there have been before–the universities are open, schools are reopening, bars are open to a certain capacity, movie theaters, and other public settings,” said Dr. Shad.

September 21st, 2020 – Cronkite News

Across the U.S., clinical trials are underway in hopes of having a vaccine for COVID-19 ready by early next year. However, recruiting enough people of color to take part in these trials is proving tough. “It’s really important that you are not just testing in a homogeneous population because vaccines can act differently in different age groups, in different so-called races and ethnicities”

September 12th, 2020 – Yahoo Finance

Marvasti is hoping for a universal mask-wearing mandate, saying, “When you look nationwide, I think the US population estimates that 60% or so of folks wearing masks, and compare that to other places around the world and parts of the US where that percentage is higher. You see a huge difference in terms of the number of deaths. 

September 12th, 2020 – Yahoo Finance

“as we get into flu season, where health care resources will be strained further and people with other acute exacerbations of chronic diseases like heart attacks or strokes or other emergencies will not be able to get the care we need,” surges of transmissions on college campuses are “a telltale sign that could be the starting point of a second wave.”

September 10th, 2020 – Arizona Republic

A haircut may seem like a luxury, but Marvasti said grooming activities can be important for mental health. “I think you have to really be mindful of a couple things.” One is you need to be sure your salon is following public health guidelines and not “packing a bunch of people in there without masks.”

September 9th, 2020 – PBS Arizona

Dr. Marvasti is concerned that the window they had to fight COVID-19 before the flu season is closing with no new resolution. This is a real problem for everyone because a number of the symptoms for the flu overlap with COVID-19. This also creates a new threat for the healthcare system. It means that it is much more likely for hospitals to reach capacity.

September 8th, 2020 – KJZZ

“It’s similar to the post-viral fatigue related to any kind of inflammation,” Dr. Shad said. “We can see this sometimes with other viral syndromes. But it’s really, kind of, that torpor, malaise, where you just kind of feel like there’s a haze over you. And you can’t really kind of think straight.”

September 7th, 2020 – AZFamily

“Now we’re going to see how well people follow the rules. The good thing we have going for us is the fact that more people are wearing masks and there are more rules in place, but the challenge is having so many more things open again.”

September 7th, 2020 – AZFamily

“The fact remains that if you have these parties and activities, that’s going to cause the numbers to go up and eventually could get into a situation where they have to close. Hopefully that doesn’t happen if people learn from the mistakes,” said Dr. Marvasti.

September 5th, 2020 – 12News Arizona

“So there are safety concerns. And then there’s also an efficacy effectiveness concern. Once when you look at it because you know, when we age, our body’s immune system reacts differently,” 

September 5th, 2020 – 12News Arizona

Traditionally, Halloween is spooky and scary because of monsters and masks but this year, 2020 will be horrifying for other reasons, Dr. Shad said. He’s sharing secrets on staying safe while still maintaining holiday traditions that are fun for the whole family.

September 6th, 2020 – ABC15 PHOENIX

“My concern is that there are so many things that are opening right now, all at the same time, and even if they are at limited capacity–people get a false sense of security that if some things are open, it’s completely safe, and it’s not,” said Dr. Shad.

September 4th, 2020 –

Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti, an associate professor of family, community and preventive medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, has a simple piece of advice for Labor Day weekend: Behave as though you have been infected with the virus.

September 3trd, 2020 – TODAY

“The only potential safety concern is if it makes the mask fit less snug on your face, leaving more areas open for viral particles or aerosols to get into your nose and mouth area. So, this depends on the particular mask you are using, how the insert fits with that mask, and the dimensions of your face,” Dr. Shad

September 4th, 2020 – KJZZ

We’re in the yellow zone — minimal to moderate spread — so that opens up for hybrid education. So that means we have to continue to do symptom screening, physical distancing, masks, cohorting, avoiding field trips and large gatherings.” Dr. Shad

September 3rd, 2020 – AZFamily

“Scarring in the lungs, we know there is evidence of that, even if you didn’t get sick to the point of hospitalization,” said Marvasti. “We still don’t know all the mechanisms and causes underlying these symptoms and damage we are seeing in people.”

September 3rd, 2020 – AZFamily

Dr. Marvasti hopes Arizonans won’t make the same mistakes we did over Memorial Day weekend. “We’ve suffered through the summer not only from the heat, but also from the pandemic. We’re on the other side thankfully of the peak and the only way to keep going is to wear masks, keep distanced, and follow the public health guidelines,”

September 1st, 2020 – KJZZ

“We don’t have anywhere near the population exposed, infected or recovered or somehow immunized to COVID-19 yet. We’re not going to get to herd immunity until many more people are exposed to the virus or if we have a vaccine which will enable more people to get immunity.”

August 24th, 2020 – TODAY

“A thermometer that is cost-effective, reliable and easily cleaned between uses makes a thermometer good for families,” Farshad Fani Marvasti, director of the public health curriculum for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, told Shop TODAY.

August 20th, 2020 – KJZZ

While Arizona’s coronavirus situation may be improving, some public health officials fear people may lose sight of what has worked to get us here. Dr. Shad speaks with KJZZ about what happens when people do grow more complacent.

August 20th, 2020 – Newsweek

With Governor Cuomo announcing that gyms and fitness centers in the state of New York will open in a limited capacity Dr. Shad speaks with Newsweek about some recommendations for some gym goers to follow and who should think about opting out of returning to the gym.

August 18th, 2020 – AzCentral

“Less people are going into the emergency department to seek care,” he said. “When I speak to all my colleagues on the front lines, they say it’s night and day, totally different, much, much better.”

August 17th, 2020 – Phoenix New Times

Dr. Shad tells the New Times that while rapid antigen tests might not detect someone who has a lower concentration of the virus in their system, people with higher levels of the virus are more contagious and the rapid tests play a role in screening them out.

August 14th, 2020 – AZMIRROR

“We’re going to have to strategize on who gets the vaccine first,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti, an associate professor at the University of Arizona and physician who has specialized in chronic diseases.

August 5th, 2020 – PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5)

Dr. Marvasti says mask mandates have helped in Arizona and so have steps like closing gyms and bars.

August 1st, 2020 – PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5)

Dr. Shad Marvasti  says it’s more important than ever for people to eat healthy and get exercise safely, especially if they have underlying health conditions like diabetes.

July 29th, 2020 – Phoenix New Times

​Arizona’s COVID-19 mitigation measures are making a difference, but chronic testing problems mean it’s too soon to tell how much.

July 28th, 2020 – Medscape

Dr. Marvasti says mask mandates have helped in Arizona and so have steps like closing gyms and bars.

July 27th, 2020 – PHOENIX 3TV/CBS5

Dr Shad discusses the new study out of London  found there are six distinct types of the disease that all have a cluster of certain symptoms.

July 27th, 2020 – 91.5 KJZZ

Dr Shad discusses what we’re seeing at this point in the pandemic and whether there is any light at the end of the tunnel.

July 25th, 2020 –

Why casinos remain open despite experts saying gambling is a high risk activity during Arizona’s COVID-19 spike

July 23rd, 2020 – Yahoo Finance

Dr. Shad Marvasti joins Yahoo Finance’s Zack Guzman to discuss the latest COVID-19 outlook as cases rise in Arizona and throughout the country.

July 17th, 2020 – ABC15 Phoenix

“​It seems we don’t quite understand the severity of the situation and there is more that we can do to combat COVID-19. We just aren’t doing enough. It’s like all we are trying to do is put a Band-Aid on the problem.”

July 15th, 2020 – Baltimore Sun

Dr. Shad Marvasti discusses how younger adults across the country are being “reckless.” Some may feel they are unlikely to get seriously sick or they just don’t want to “waste their summer.”

July 13th, 2020 – Fronteras KJZZ

Doctor Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix says that until labs are able to return test results faster, anybody who gets a test should isolate themselves until they no longer have any symptoms.

July 14th, 2020 – Univision

Ante el nivel de la propagación del coronavirus, experto de la Universidad de Arizona recomienda fortalecer el sistema inmunológico, y tener bajo control cualquier condición crónica.

July 10th, 2020 – NPR

“Stay-at-home is a blunt instrument, but when you’re leading the world in new cases and things don’t seem to be getting better, you may have to use that blunt instrument.”

July 10th, 2020 – Parker Pioneer

Dr. Shad Marvasti of the University of Arizona College of Medicine told that the state’s coronavirus numbers mean the state should definitely shut down again.

July 10th, 2020 – The Weather Channel

“Stay-at-home is a blunt instrument, but when you’re leading the world in new cases and things don’t seem to be getting better, you may have to use that blunt instrument,” 

July 9th, 2020 – The Washington Post

Governors across the country are facing growing pressure from public health experts and local leaders to reimpose stay-at-home orders as the only way to regain control of coronavirus outbreaks.

July 8th, 2020 – PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5)

“Things are as bad as this article makes them seem. It is as bad with respect to how fast COVID-19 is expanding and growing in terms of numbers of new infections,” Dr. Shad

July 8th, 2020 – Arizona PBS

Masks and social distancing are a must, according to Dr. Shad Marvasti and other experts. “You need to really do both in order to mitigate, and ultimately, hopefully suppress the spread of COVID-19.”

July 8th, 2020 – Cronkite News

Governors across the country are facing growing pressure from public health experts and local leaders to reimpose stay-at-home orders as the only way to regain control of coronavirus outbreaks.

July 7th, 2020 – PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5)

A group of some of the top scientists in the country claim new data about coronavirus cases show Arizona needs to shut down again. Dr. Shad discusses this with 3TV’s Briana Whitney.

July 6th, 2020 – NBC 12News

Beyond the daily count of cases and death tolls, the Arizona Department of Health Services releases a lot of data about the coronavirus pandemic. We asked University of Arizona Medical School’s Dr. Shad Marvasti to help explain the data we’re seeing. 

July 2th, 2020 – FOX10 Phoenix

“I think it’s critical that the essential workers, including folks that work in grocery stores who are at constant contact with many different people, to get access to more testing. I think in general we need more testing,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti.

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June 30th, 2020 – VOA

COVID-19 cases spiked in the United States in late June, after some states began reopening and loosening restrictions. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. now top 2.5 million

June 29th, 2020 -KJZZ

Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix said health professionals are still learning about the long-term impact of the coronavirus.

June 26th, 2020 – NBC 12News

“If you have a chronic illness, the better control you have over that disease, the more likely you are to be in a better position to survive a COVID-19 infection,”

June 22nd, 2020 -KJZZ

Now that cities and counties throughout Arizona are mandating face masks in public, many people are wondering if cloth masks are enough. Dr. Shad Marvasti from UArizona’s College of Medicine talks about that and more.

June 29th, 2020 – Phoenix 3TV/CBS5

“Contract tracing allows you to identify and isolate all potentially exposed and infected individuals. They are able to keep track of where’ve they gone, what they’ve done and who’ve they seen.”

June 16th, 2020 – KJZZ NPR

Arizona has caught national attention as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, hospitals are near capacity and residents venture out more and more. Dr Shad discusses what individual Arizonans can do now to slow the exponential community spread,

June 15th, 2020 – FOX10 Phoenix

Dr. Shad takes a closer look at the reports of people with COVID-19 but are asymptomatic. How likely these patients are to pass the coronavirus on to someone else and what people can do to protect themselves? 

June 14th, 2020 – MSN

Dr. Shad said the increase in cases in the state is not just because of more testing. He said the percentage of positive cases is up and data from AZDHS shows more people are in the ICU and on ventilators.

June 13th, 2020 – 12News NBC

Dr. Shad says we are all at higher risk of getting COVID-19 than we were a month ago and if we don’t take action now in our community and in our health care system it could get worse. 

June 12th, 2020 – AZcentral

“While the exact percentage of asymptomatic cases is unknown, anyone can be asymptomatic, Marvasti said. The only way to know if someone is asymptomatic is if they test positive for the virus while never expressing symptoms.”  

June 11th, 2020 – 3TV/CBS5

“Taking those measures and doing the lockdown, we helped to limit the spread of not only coronavirus but also flu and other cold viruses. It likely did have an impact to help us see that rapid tail-off during the flu season.”

June 11th, 2020 – 3TV/CBS5 AZFAMILY

With Arizona’s recent spike in coronavirus cases making national headlines, Dr. Shad talks with azfamily concerning whether the state is handling the pandemic appropriately.

June 10th, 2020 – ABC15 Arizona

“Right now we are seeing the impact of our decisions from 2-3 weeks ago. and I think that the way we reopened the state of Arizona has not been the most responsible it seems in terms of individual behavior.”

June 9th, 2020 – 3TV/CBS5

Dr. Shad Marvasti says data shows the state did not reopen the right way. “Crowding restaurants, malls, and other public venues with no masks, and not keeping adequate distance, that’s not the way that you open up,”

June 9th, 2020 – 3TV/CBS5 AZFAMILY

“I think if we remain open, we should have a lockdown mentality,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

June 9th, 2020 – KJZZ NPR

“While increased testing is a part of it, community spread more likely caused the rise in cases. It seems to me just walking around, not many folks are wearing masks and I see people packed into spaces without really concern for the potential for spread.”

June 8th, 2020 – PBS Arizona

Dr. Shad joins PBS Arizona to discuss what’s behind the spike in the state’s COVID-19 cases and does it have anything to do with the increase in testing.

May 26th, 2020 – GRITDAILY

Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, said, “Food plays a huge role in your immune system. Plant-based foods have protective phytochemicals, nutrients and antioxidants that keep us healthy and boost our immune system.

May 26th, 2020 – KJZZ NPR

“We don’t really have an accurate picture of how spread this is given the fact that many people could be infected but be asymptomatic, or very minimally symptomatic.” Dr. Shad Marvasti.

April 14th, 2020 – Mic

“Preparations of oregano have been used across many cultures for over 2000 years to treat common colds and digestive problems,” Dr. Shad Marvasti,

Feb 19th, 2020- College of Medicine UofA

Dr. Shad Marvasti said the standard American diet is about 60 percent processed food, 30 percent animal protein, and a small sliver is plant based. However, to live a healthy lifestyle, the standard diet needs to be majority plant-based.

August 1st, 2019 – Parade

There are specific foods that you can eat that have been scientifically proven to be able to make a difference in the health of your lungs. Here are the best foods for lungs that experts recommend, plus tips on what to avoid.

May 7th, 2018 –

“Failure is not a bad thing. In fact, it is a necessary part of the path to emotional wellbeing and success in life. The trick is to learn from our failures.”

April 2nd, 2018-

“Accepting change as inevitable in life helps us to achieve happiness because it strengthens our ability to be content with where we are now so that we can have the strength to grow to where we can be tomorrow.”

March 30th, 2018 – USA Today

“Kids are particularly susceptible as many foods marketed for children are high in sugar. Even foods that you would not expect like baked beans, low fat yogurt, salad dressing, store-bought sauces and soups are high in added sugar.”

March 14th, 2018 – National Alliance 

Dr. Shad was invited to speak on optimizing health at the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers Leadership Summit.

March 12th, 2018-

“It is said that ‘no man is an island.’ Humans are social beings. Happiness is not achieved alone. Although we can be happy by ourselves, it turns out that staying connected with others can make us much happier and healthier.”

Dec 23rd, 2017 –

Physician, medical educator and nutrition expert Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH (Dr. Shad  has searched for a better way to treat disease—and to stay healthy in the first place—by applying the Baha’i principle of the harmony between science and religion.

December 23, 2017 – Grand Canyon Bahai Conference

In this talk, Dr. Shad (Farshad Fani Marvasti MD, MPH) uses extracts from the Baha’i Writings to explore the purpose of health, the causes of disease, and to introduce laws of health and healing

September 28th, 2017- Arizona Republic

“In some cases food can be the best medicine, and in others, it can be combined with medicine to treat a medical condition. The idea of food as medicine is not a new one. Hippocrates, known as the father of Western medicine, is quoted as having said, Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

August 11th, 2017 – Association for Baha’i Studies North American Conference

In this talk, Dr. Shad (Farshad Fani Marvasti MD, MPH) explores the role of “Food as Medicine,” the interplay with the Baha’i Writings and an update on the state of the science with respect to food as medicine in the care and prevention of disease.

July 6th, 2017 – Stanford O’Connor Family Medicine Residency Program

In this talk, Dr. Shad (Farshad Fani Marvasti MD, MPH) uses extracts from the Baha’i Writings to explore the purpose of health, the causes of disease, and to introduce laws of health and healing

March 18th, 2017-Asian Pacific Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
Regional Conference

Come hear about the aging API community and the various issues facing this community. Learn how wellness can be implemented.

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