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Tip of the Iceberg: Understanding the Bigger Picture of Pandemic Disease Severity

In one of the annual Frieze Lecture Series, Dr. Rebecca Heick, assistant professor of public health at Augustana College, considers the rising death toll of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

While it is understandable that the number of deaths has become a major focus of media reports and intervention efforts, mortality is just the tip of the iceberg. Less severe disease is much more common and is an important component of the bigger prevention picture.

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Lectures will be presented virtually via Zoom. Registered participants will receive the meeting invitation via email.

The annual Frieze Lecture Series is a 23-year partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College. This year's theme is "Global Crises, Past and Present."

The series is named for the 1903 library's frieze, an architectural feature which goes all the way around the top of the building and is engraved with the names of writers. The authors carved into the sandstone are Homer, Longfellow, Emerson, Virgil, Hugo, Shakespeare, Goethe, Burns, Dante, Hawthorne, Esaias Tegner and George Bancroft.

Lectures from some previous years are available on the Augustana Frieze Lecture channel.