AHCJ webcast, Aug. 11, 2021: Back to school: Reporting on COVID-19 as kids return to classes

AHCJ webcast, July 19, 2021: Understanding and reporting on the Delta variant

AHCJ webcast, March 23, 2021: Post-COVID health: What will we need to catch up on?

AHCJ webcast, March 17, 2021: Covering the vaccine rollout: How to connect to audiences

AHCJ webcast, Feb. 26, 2021: Covering airborne transmission and COVID-19: What to know

Journalism Summit on Infectious Disease, November 2020: Videos feature experts and journalists discussing COVID-19, the science, the future, vaccinations and news coverage.

AHCJ webcast, July 30: Reporting on school reopenings in the time of COVID-19

AHCJ webcast, June 30:  Investigative journalism and the COVID-19 pandemic

AHCJ webcast, June 23: Covering antibody tests for the novel coronavirus

AHCJ webcast, June 17: Understanding COVID-19 transmission as communities attempt to reopen

June 12: CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19 (Download the MP3 audio file.)

AHCJ webcast, June 10: Covering the effect of the coronavirus on Native Americans

AHCJ webcast, June 3: Older adults, coronavirus and food insecurity

AHCJ webcast, May 28: Understanding the path to a COVID-19 vaccine

AHCJ webcast, May 21: Freelancing during COVID-19: Tips from AHCJ members

AHCJ webcast, May 13: How to cover health disparities and COVID-19

May 8: Misinformation pandemic is like COVID-19 itself

AHCJ webcast, May 7: How COVID-19 will impact rising insurance premiums

AHCJ webcast, April 30: Responsible coverage of coronavirus preprint research

AHCJ webcast, April 27: Understanding health evidence — A COVID-19 case study

April 27: Health, Science and Business Writers on Covering the Pandemic | video

AHCJ webcast, April 21: COVID-19: How to cover dwindling health resources, workforce burnout

AHCJ webcast, April 14: How will health researchers evaluate COVID-19 response?

AHCJ webcast, April 10: Battling COVID-19 in senior care settings

AHCJ webcast, April 3: Explaining coronavirus testing for your audience

AHCJ webcast, March 27: Covering COVID-19: Two experts offer up-to-date answers

AHCJ webcast, March 10: Covering COVID-19: What do you need to know?

Will we see a COVID-19 surge in winter 2022-23? Watch this video Q&A with epidemiologist and EpiMonitor CEO Katelyn Jetelina and Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of the department of medicine at University of California, San Francisco to learn more about the state of RSV, influenze and COVID-19 as of early December 2022 and expectations for a COVID-19 surge this winter. The conversation covers variants, boosters, masks, "triple-demic," long Covid, and scientific communication. This was hosted by the University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine on Dec. 1, 2022.

The National Press Club and Project Health Minds convened: “From Newsrooms to Boardrooms: The Mental Health Revolution Arrives” on Sept. 30, 2022. This discussion includes a conversation between four journalists and a therapist discussing how reporting on and experiencing trauma, including the COVID-19 pandemic, has impacted their mental health and what they have done to support themselves and cope. The video is worth watching to hear some tips on coping mechanisms. Video begins at about 8 minutes and ends at the 1 hour point.

Looking for a short video explaining how the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines work? Check out this video produced by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which is less than 2 minutes, and uses great visuals to explain exactly how the vaccine works.

If you want to watch an absorbing documentary profile of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the public health face of the calm and wisdom throughout the pandemic, watch this video from National Geographic. It requires a subscription to Disney and is worth your time.

COVID-19 Immunology 101 for Non-immunologists by Akiko Iwasaki, Ph.D.

Looking for a brief description of how the immune system works? Check out this video with Yale University School of Medicine professor of immunology Akiko Iwasaki and produced by BioRender, a life sciences communication company. In 8 minutes, Iwasaki walks the viewer through the body’s immune response and how T-cells, B-cells and antibodies fight off viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

Mental health toll of COVID-19 – a briefing for journalists – May 12

The lasting effects of the pandemic-imposed pressures on mental health—sickness, isolation, fear, loss—are still emerging. Watch this SciLine-hosted media briefing to help with your coverage of current and potential long-term mental health consequences of COVID-19 on adults and children and the race-based and other mental health disparities exacerbated by the pandemic. Expert panelists took questions on the record and can be quoted. 

Breakthrough COVID-19 infections and booster vaccines

How do the leading COVID-19 vaccines work? Science explains

This about 5-minute video with Science Senior Correspondent Jon Cohen explains how each of the leading COVID-19 vaccines work and can protect people from severe illness—and what understanding the details of immune responses could mean for the future of human trials.

Military-grade camera shows risks of airborne coronavirus spread

To visually illustrate the risk of airborne transmission in real time, The Washington Post used a military-grade infrared camera capable of detecting exhaled breath. Numerous experts — epidemiologists, virologists and engineers — supported the notion of using exhalation as a conservative proxy to show potential transmission risk in various settings.

Airborne Transmission, Ventilation and School and Workplace Reopenings
In this 40-minute  Q & A from Dec. 11, 2020, Joseph Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings program, and Associate Professor of Exposure Assessment Science in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard's TH Chan School of Public Health walks viewers through questions about COVID-19 and airborne transmission and how individuals, businesses and schools can think about creating safe indoor environments to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s well worth the watch, or reading the transcript of the interview which accompanies the video.

America's medical supply crisis
If you want to learn more about understanding the nation’s medical supply chain and what went wrong with it during the pandemic, watch this episode of Frontline. Reporters with the Associated Press worked with Frontline to investigate the Trump administration’s response to the shortage of personal protection equipment - such as masks and gowns - and raises lots of questions about why the U.S. outsourced the manufacturing of PPE’s to factories outside the country. See the video here.

The World Health Organization’s Pan American Health Organization hosted a briefing for the media on covering COVID-19 vaccines and how to form a responsible and evidence-based approach.

Preserving the Scientific Integrity of Getting to COVID-19 Vaccines: From Clinical Trials to Public Allocation
This symposium, from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington, brings together experts to explore these issues and put forward a concise plan for protecting the scientific integrity of these lifesaving efforts, featuring insights from global leaders in vaccine science, health metrics, policy, regulation, and communications.

Health Conditions and an Older Population Increase COVID-19 Risks in Rural America
Kenneth Johnson, Senior Demographer, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, discusses his latest research brief and examines the likely influence that age and incidence of pre-existing health conditions have on the risks of those exposed to COVID-19 in rural and urban counties in the United States. The rural population is at higher risk from COVID-19 because it is older and has higher rates of pre-existing health conditions. As of late August, Rural areas had lower COVID-19 case and death rates, but these rates are rising faster than in urban areas.

What is an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA?
Emergency use authorizations (EUAs) are one of several tools the FDA is using to help make important medical products available quickly during the COVID19 pandemic. But what exactly is an EUA?

Aug. 7, 2020: Five former heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Tom Frieden, Julie Gerberding, Richard Besser, David Satcher and Jeffrey Koplen) weigh in on the single biggest mistake the US has made in responding to COVID-19: all agree the mistake is lack of leadership and clear messaging from President Trump.

Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, shared advice on lowering U.S. covid-19 cases during a Washington Post Live interview on July 24. (The Washington Post)


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided an update to media on June 25 on the COVID-19 response. Transcript | [MP3 – 6 MB] | COVID-19 Digital Press Kit

Media briefing to discuss the New Laboratory Data Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Testing

As the country begins to reopen, access to clear and accurate data is essential to communities and leadership for making decisions. This call will discuss a new Guidance that specifies what additional data must be reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by laboratories along with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results. The Guidance standardizes reporting to ensure that public health officials have access to comprehensive and nearly real-time data to inform decision making in their response to COVID-19. WHEN: Thursday, June 5

  • Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health and lead for COVID-19 Testing Efforts

  • Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, PhD, Director of the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy and lead for the COVID-10 Lab and Diagnostics Task Force

  • Don Rucker, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

  • Shannon Sartin, Chief Technology Officer, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

Recording of the call.

March 19: SciLine Media Briefing: Covering COVID-19

March 18: Media Briefing on Coronavirus: KFF Experts Explore Public’s Views and Nation’s Response

March 18-20: Alliance for Health Policy miniseries

March 6: How Are Cities and Counties Preparing for Coronavirus?

March 6: WHO Regional Director leads media briefing on COVID-19 in the Americas

60 Minutes - ongoing coverage of COVID-19: In these 41 videos, there are stories from why it matters that the National Institutes of Health canceled a coronavirus research grant to how an Amazon worker tracks cases of the virus from home.

"The answer is yes"
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he considers institutional racism to be a contributing factor to the disproportionate coronavirus death toll for black Americans.

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is launching Reporting and Covid-19: Conversations for Journalists, a Zoom-based webinar / discussion series about  the challenges of reporting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Freedom Forum's Power Shift Project has a series of webinars titled "Taking care of journalists and journalism," which collects ideas and best practices from journalism leaders.

The University of  California San Francisco Medical School chair Bob Wachter leads a discussion on April 16, 2020, in which four UCSF experts provide an update on what we’ve learned about the epidemiology and treatments for COVID-19 in the last few weeks. They also highlight emerging evidence regarding health disparities of Covid-19 and the impact of the virus on the homeless. There is also a presentation from a UCSF physician who is part of a volunteer group of 20 faculty and nurses now working in New York City. 

Don’t Touch Your Face, A podcast covering all aspects of the coronavirus: Episodes examine media coverage of the coronavirus, risk groups, conspiracy theories and misinformation and managing mental health.

Tradeoffs with Dan Gorenstein: An episode that looks at how keeping older adults safe through isolation also may make their health worse.

In these Science on Screen presentations for the rampant-virus films Contagion, 12 Monkeys, and 28 Days Later, infectious disease experts discuss why epidemics happen, what we've learned from past contagions, and how our species survives despite an ongoing onslaught of dangerous microbes.

Emergency Health Workforce Policies to address COVID-19 series
The Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at George Washington University, an initiative to strengthen health workforce policies in the United States and around the world, has released a series of webcasts. They include episodes on federal and state preparations and 1135 waivers, telehealth to support primary care, expanding scope of practice and the importance of occupational safety standards for airborne pathogens.

COVID-19 Webinar Series
This series from the Alliance for Health Policy, supported by the Commonwealth Fund and the NIHCM Foundation, discuss the trajectory of the pandemic and the risks of a surge in cases. The speakers explain how entities at the front lines are responding and highlight policy levers being deployed to stymie the spread of the novel coronavirus. The package includes video as well as a resources list and a list of experts.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on his Policy Brief on Older Persons and COVID-19.

A Conversation With Dr. Anthony Fauci
During an April 2 episode of The Daily from The New York Times, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, speaks about his experience in the trenches of the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis. “We are in a war. I mean, I actually think this is exactly what generals or leaders in real, you know, violent combat wars feel.”

Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor Noah’s Questions About Coronavirus
The Daily Social Distancing Show
Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci shares what makes COVID-19 so insidious, busts myths about the virus and breaks down why adhering to public health guidelines is paramount.

COVID-19: Where do we go from here?
On April 21, Michelle Williams, Dean, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosted a discussion with Caroline Buckee, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvey V. Fineberg, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Member, Editorial Board, New England Journal of Medicine; Former President of the U.S. Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine), Eric Rubin, Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine; Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Arnold Epstein John H. Foster Professor of Health Policy and Management; Senior Academic Advisor to the Dean; Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Associate Editor, New England Journal of Medicine, on the very latest information about where the world is with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Confronting Coronavirus: A PBS NewsHour Special
Novel coronavirus has, in just a few months, grown into a full-blown pandemic. It has stressed governments and health systems around the globe, ended an era of economic expansion and reshaped public life. PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff and our correspondents will shed light on what health precautions everyone should take, as well as the pandemic’s economic impact. The special will feature interviews with officials, dispatches on the crisis from around the world, plus a virtual town hall.

March 18, Coronavirus Update with Anthony Fauci, M.D.
Diagnostic testing, NSAIDs, ACE Inhibitors, antivirals, and more. Anthony Fauci, M.D. from NIAID discusses latest developments in the spread and clinical management of COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus with JAMA Editor Howard Bauchner, M.D.

March 16, Journal of the American Medical Association video
Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC’s Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases talks about the most up-to-date information on understanding tests and the testing process for COVID-19.

March 6 coronavirus update with Anthony Fauci, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks to Journal of American Medical Association Editor Howard Bauchner, M.D. on March 6, about the latest update on COVID-19. Fauci explains what COVID-19 is, where we are with our ability to test people for the virus that causes the disease, understanding the case fatality rate of the disease, and the what is known about the science of the coronavirus causing COVID-19, and potential for vaccines and treatments.

On Jan. 27, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses what is known about the outbreak of coronavirus 2019-nCoV. On Feb. 6, Fauci spoke again on the latest information about the outbreak in this video.

Feb. 10: Containing the Coronavirus: Challenges to Thwarting the Outbreak
The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense and the Hudson Institute hosted a panel discussion on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and how the U.S. can respond to the growing outbreak effectively.

Feb. 10: Covering Coronavirus: Expert Tips for Journalists and Health Care Communicators
Speakers include Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and the spokesperson for the CDC's response to the coronavirus crisis and Amanda McClelland, a registered nurse and senior vice president Resolve to Save Lives' Prevent Epidemics team.

Feb. 11: The New Coronavirus: The Next Pandemic?
Discussion with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Anthony Fauci, President Obama’s Ebola “czar” Ron Klain, Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Nancy Messonnier, moderated by Stat News’ Helen Branswell.

Feb. 11: 2019 Coronavirus: What We know, What We’re Doing
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat spoke on Feb. 11 at the National Press Club on the latest regarding the coronavirus. She also took questions from reporters and answered a question from one conspiracy theorist, who was in attendance, on the origin of the virus.

"Get the Story on the Coronavirus Crisis”: The Center for Health Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism hosted this briefing with Emily Baumgaertner a medical reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Seema Yasmin a journalist, author, medical doctor and professor Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD). The provide information about how they are writing about the outbreak and the latest information about diagnostic testing of the virus.