Leana S. Wen

Washington, D.C.

Contributing columnist focusing on public health and health policy

Education: California State University, Los Angeles, BS; Washington University School of Medicine, MD; University of Oxford, MSc

Latest from Leana S. Wen

Your questions about covid-19, answered by Dr. Leana Wen

Should you get a second booster? What is the BA.2 variant? Public health expert Dr. Leana S. Wen answers questions about coronavirus vaccines, variants and public health guidance.

May 26, 2022

Should parents boost their children now? There’s no straightforward answer.

The CDC’s blanket recommendation for boosters does not adequately address the nuances of the question.

May 25, 2022

What can be done about the formula shortage? Alyssa Rosenberg and Dr. Leana Wen answered your questions.

Alyssa and Leana's Q&A with readers was at 12 p.m. ET on Monday. Read the transcript.

May 23, 2022

Los inexplicables casos de hepatitis infantil merecen nuestra atención

Del mismo modo que aprendimos con la pandemia de COVID-19, las enfermedades emergentes requieren vigilancia, investigación y monitoreo. Igual debemos hacer con la hepatitis aguda infantil.

May 19, 2022

​​Unexplained hepatitis cases in kids deserve our attention

This is not reason for panic, but it does deserve vigilance.

May 17, 2022

The U.S. has lost 1 million lives from covid-19. Where do we go from here?

The tragic milestone is an opportunity to plan out how to address the pandemic going forward.

May 10, 2022

Moderna’s vaccine is a big relief for parents of young children

Families have waited long enough. The FDA and CDC should review the application without delay.

April 28, 2022

Tenemos que hablar sobre el consumo pandémico de alcohol

No podemos ignorarlo por más tiempo: tenemos que hablar sobre el consumo de alcohol durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Anteriormente, el aumento anual promedio era poco más de 2%. Entre 2019 y 2020 se disparó a más de 25%.

April 27, 2022

We need to talk about pandemic drinking

Alcohol-related deaths have surged in recent years. We need to focus on excessive drinking.

April 19, 2022

Now is not the time to reinstate mask mandates

Case numbers are no longer the metric that should guide pandemic restrictions.

April 12, 2022