VA to host UF infectious diseases expert for Q&A

A University of Florida infectious disease specialist will present current trends in COVID-19 and answer questions about the topic as part of a VA View event on Tuesday.

“We run VA Views on various health related topics every 2 weeks,” said Melanie Thomas, a spokesperson for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

The Aug. 3 event is scheduled for 1 p.m. and features UF Dr. Alaina Ritter, who is an assistant professor of medicine with the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine.

Ritter will cover the COVID-19 delta variant and answer participant questions.

Last month the delta variant became the dominant strain of the pandemic, fueling a spike in infections and a subsequent increase in hospitalizations

According to Ritter’s biography, she “attended medical school at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Ritter serves as the VA site director for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and is an Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the NF/SG Malcom Randall VA Health System.

“Dr. Ritter will discuss the COVID-19 delta variant in depth,” Thomas said. “Attendees can expect to hear about the current prevalence and trends of COVID-19 and will learn about how to reduce the spread of the virus. Dr. Ritter will also address the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine and the importance of wearing a mask.”

To register for the event in advance visit bit.ly/VAView-Aug3 and use the password VAView%Aug3.

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