Viral Video: Vanderbilt experts reach billions in COVID-19 media appearances

photo of William Schaffner being interviewed on camera from Vanderbilt's broadcast facilityDr. William Schaffner, a professor of health policy and professor of medicine who is an internationally renowned infectious disease specialist, is one of several Vanderbilt faculty members making the rounds on national media during the coronavirus outbreak, providing expert opinions on everything from public health policy to personal hygiene tips. Here Schaffner is interviewed live from the VUStar campus broadcast facility March 10 for a segment about the virus on CNN. To date, Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts have appeared in 28,984 media placements related to COVID-19 since Jan. 15, reaching a cumulative audience of nearly 77 billion. For answers to common questions about the pandemic, watch the “Ask an Expert” video series.