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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 Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. “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.”

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.”

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 – 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.

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 20th, 2020 – Univision

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”.

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 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.”

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 14th, 2020 – Forbes

“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 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 29th, 2020 – CNBC

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

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 – CNBC

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

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.

June 6th, 2020 – USA Today

“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.”

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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