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In this special episode, Michael Bell, MD, deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, joins the podcast to share the latest science about infection control and COVID-19 as part of a new initiative called Project Firstline. He tells hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, about the national collaborative led by CDC to provide infection control training and education to frontline health care workers and public health personnel. Topics include the effectiveness of wearing masks and eye protection, the need for air filtration, methodical cleaning and disinfecting, and new cutting-edge technology to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.



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Michael Bell, MD


Michael Bell, MD, is the deputy director of CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion and the lead physician for Project Firstline. Dr. Bell’s career has focused on investigating and preventing transmission of healthcare-associated illnesses for hospital patients and staff alike. He has been instrumental in advancing evidence-based programs for prevention of antibiotic resistance and improvements in safe medical practices.


What questions do you have about COVID-19 and infection control? We want to know! You can email PediatricOn Call at or leave a voice mail at 630-626-6012Some questions will be answered during a future episode with Dr. Bell. 

Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline healthcare workers and public health personnel. AAP is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this program do not necessarily represent the policies of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government 

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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Theme music composed by Matthew Simonson at

*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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