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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

July 27th, 2021 – ABC15

The Arizona Department of Health Services says it will be matching the latest CDC guidelines for vaccinated people resuming masks indoors and on K-12 school campuses as the Delta variant continues to spread. Dr. Shad speaks with ABC15 about how getting vaccinated is still the best way to prevent severe illness or hospitalization and that wearing masks is an extra layer of protection.

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.

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