UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag shares his experience with COVID-19 on May 8, 8:30AM

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Tune in to Coffee & Collisions: Homebrew at 8:30AM on Friday, May 8 to hear UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag speak about his experience and insight with COVID-19. Join the audience on Facebook or the Alabama Launchpad website.

Dr. Michael Saag Speaks at Coffee & Collisions

Dr. Michael Saag is a key medical figure when it comes to infectious diseases. Photo via UAB School of Medicine

Tune in to Coffee & Collisions online on May 8 to hear from Dr. Michael Saag, the Associate Dean of Global Health at UAB, Director of the Center for AIDS Research at UAB’s School of Medicine and a renowned Infectious Disease physician and researcher. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Saag has been a key medical figure in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Saag has recently been in the news due to another virus—COVID-19. Dr. Saag recently published an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, hosted a Q+A on C-Span with Dr. Anthony Fauci, and went on CBS Sunday Morning with his son, Dr. Harry Saag. At the same time, UAB Medical is at the forefront of clinical trials to find new drugs to combat COVID-19. Learn more.

Although he knows all about the science behind the virus, he now has a new point of view—Dr. Saag recently contracted COVID-19 and experienced all the symptoms.

Dr. Saag’s Experience

In addition to his substantial knowledge about infectious diseases, Dr. Saag has a personal experience with COVID-19. On March 12, Dr. Saag and his son Harry both contracted the disease. Initially, his symptoms were fairly mild—fatigue, cough, headache, fuzzy thinking and loss of his sense of smell.

Then, on day 6, his symptoms got worse. Each afternoon he experienced chills, fever, muscle aches, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate and numbness all over his body. After two weeks of battling the virus, he finally won—no more symptoms!

To learn more about Dr. Saag’s experience, check out our previous write-up.

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On May 8 at 8:30 AM, Dr. Saag will be discussing his experience with COVID-19, as well as his insights about the disease and the crisis we’re experiencing right now. Afterwards, he will be taking questions from guests to continue the tradition of engaging, thought-provoking discussion that is a hallmark of Coffee & Collisions.

How to Watch

Although the EDPA building may be empty, Coffee & Collisions will go on. Photo via EDPA

Thanks to the beauty of technology, attending Coffee & Collisions is easier than ever. Simply brew up a cup of joe, get comfy and tune in on Facebook to hear from Dr. Michael Saag.

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