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April 3, 2020

Science needs to guide us, says Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Gianrico Farrugia on “Face the Nation”

By Advancing the Science contributor
Dr. Farrugia stands with his arms folded over his chest.
Mayo Clinic President and CEO Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

Mayo Clinic President and CEO Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., shared his perspective on next steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic on CBS News' "Face the Nation" program that aired March 29, 2020.

In his interview with "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan, Dr. Farrugia said the focus needs to be on saving lives because “there is no direct end in sight,” and he emphasized that the multi-faceted approach has to be “driven by the science, not by conjecture.”

Dr. Farrugia also underscored that research and innovations that are happening across the country will improve the way health care providers test and track the outbreak on both macro and micro levels, to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections faster and help those in greatest need.

He praised health care workers and gave thanks for the heroic work they are doing around the clock to save lives and prevent further spread of the virus.

The full transcript of the interview can be found here. The latest news about COVID-19 from Mayo Clinic can be found here.


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