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Friday: How Artificial Intelligence Plays A Role In Flu Prevention

This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon hour on Friday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Every year health care professionals combat people’s misconceptions about getting the annual flu vaccine. But this year, the coronavirus pandemic complicates things further.

“Of any year that it’s so crucial to get the flu vaccine, it’s this year, just because we don’t know what the effects of influenza and COVID will be,” said Dr. Ravi Johar.

He is Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare of Missouri. He’ll join Friday’s St. Louis on the Air to address common flu and COVID-19 related myths.

Dr. Johar will also touch on how healthcare professionals are using artificial intelligence to “forecast” flu activity in metro areas across the country. The data collected helps medical centers target additional outreach and resources to those hotspots this flu season.

Have a question or comment about the risk of contracting the flu or COVID-19? Tweet us (@STLonAir), send an email to or share your thoughts via our St. Louis on the Air Facebook group, and help inform our coverage.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr.


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