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David Banach - University of Connecticut. Farmington, CT, US

David Banach David Banach

Associate Professor of Medicine Head of Infection Prevention Hospital Epidemiologist | University of Connecticut

Farmington, CT, UNITED STATES

Dr. David Banach is an expert in the field of infectious diseases and epidemiology.

Biography

Dr. David Banach is UConn School of Medicine alum who returns to UConn Health as a member of the clinical faculty. He is an infectious diseases physician who leads UConn Health's Infection Prevention Program and serves as hospital epidemiologist.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Coronavirus

Medicine

Health Care Associated Infections

Infectious Diseases

Infections in Immunocompromised Patients

COVID-19

Education (3)

University of Connecticut - Graduate School: M.P.H, Public Health

University of Connecticut - School of Medicine: M.D., Medicine

Mount Sinai School of Medicine - Graduate School: M.S., Clinical and Translational Research

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Faculty Spotlight Winter 2019: Dr. David Banach Profile: Dr. David Banach Why We Wear Masks, featuring UConn's Dr. David Banach More states push for tossing religious exemptions for vaccinations - Fox News

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Media Appearances (11)

Is Connecticut ready for a second wave of COVID-19 this fall?

Hartford Courant  print

2020-09-08

Now, with fall approaching, local experts warn that school reopenings, pandemic fatigue and indoor gatherings could contribute to a spike in Connecticut’s infections that coincides dangerously with flu season. “I anticipate that there will be increases in cases in the fall and moving into the winter,” said Dr. David Banach, an epidemiologist at UConn Health. “The trajectory is still unknown, whether it will be a slow increase or if it will be more rapid, similar to what we saw during the early months of COVID.”

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Dr. David Banach of UConn Health answers your questions about sending your kids back to school during COVID-19

Fox 61  tv

2020-08-21

Interview with Dr. David Banach from UConn Health with Connecticut's Fox 61.

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Who decides when schools close if students, staff contract coronavirus or cases spike locally? Superintendents seek guidance from state

Hartford Courant  print

2020-07-31

Dr. David Banach, an epidemiologist at UConn Health, said there is not a standard “X number of cases” every school can use as a benchmark to shut down. He expects each school to have a different threshold. “A lot of people ask, ‘What’s the number that it’s going to take to close a school?‘ but I wouldn’t just hinge that decision on a single number. A lot of it is, what’s the context of that number?” he said. “Is it linked to an isolated area that can be rapidly managed and quarantined, or is it a number of cases spread throughout different areas of a school, which would imply that there is more widespread transmission occurring in the school?”

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As coronavirus restrictions ease, where are people drawing the line between venturing out and staying safe?

Hartford Courant  print

2020-07-19

Dr. David Banach, an infectious disease physician and the hospital epidemiologist at UConn Health, said the delaying of Phase 3 of reopening “is a reason to pause and heighten awareness of taking that extra layer of caution.” Careful socializing still can be safe, he said, especially outdoors. ”The outdoor environment is preferred. But if you need to do something indoors, the next step is to avoid close contact as the primary measure to prevent transmission. If you are in close contact, wearing a mask is the most important piece,” he said.

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Will UConn play football this year? Public health experts unsure about fall sports during coronavirus pandemic

Hartford Courant  print

2020-07-15

Some sports, of course, are more conducive to social distancing than others. Football, with its large rosters and constant physical contact, falls toward the bottom of that spectrum. “Whether or not we can do football as a traditional season, I’m not sure,” said Dr. David Banach, a UConn Health epidemiologist who has consulted with athletic department staff. “I think there are a lot of additional factors that come into play, particularly how much COVID is in the community.”

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Connecticut has slowed the spread of coronavirus, but dramatic surges in Florida, California and elsewhere pose a growing risk; how safe are we?

Hartford Courant  print

2020-06-26

Experts say surges in states such as Florida, Arizona and Texas pose clear risks for Connecticut, especially as the summer months bring increased travel and the local economy continues to reopen. “There are a lot of forces moving against us,” said Dr. David Banach, epidemiologist at UConn Health. “Notably what’s happening throughout the country and that travel is inevitable and that we’re going to be having people that are traveling to other areas where there are higher rates.”

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Seasonal tickborne infections can have symptoms similar to COVID-19, doctors say

WTNH  tv

2020-06-16

Doctors at UConn Health in Farmington are starting to treat seasonal tick bites and infections. The issue is that some tickborne infections have symptoms that are similar to coronavirus, so doctors now have to keep that in mind while diagnosing patients. According to Dr. David Banach, Head of Infection Prevention at UConn Health, Lyme disease most commonly has a bullseye rash, but two other infections, carried by the same deer ticks are different.

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Connecticut could see an increase in the spread of COVID-19 after reopening this week, experts say

Hartford Courant  print

2020-05-21

Dr. David Banach, an epidemiologist at UConn Health, said it’s not inevitable that the state’s numbers increase after reopening. What happens next, Banach said, will hinge on factors including weather, the speed of reopening, the spread within nursing homes and other vulnerable sites and the rate of travel in and out of the state.

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Connecticut hospitals explore antibody testing for when coronavirus threat fades, but experts warn of limitations

Hartford Courant  print

2020-04-21

Dr. David Banach, epidemiologist at UConn Health, said the hospital has no plans to use antibody testing for clinical purposes, at least for now. “We’re optimistic about it, but I don’t know if we have a good handle on exactly how it’s going to be implemented," Banach said. "I think we’ll know with time the best way to use that type of testing.”

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More states push for tossing religious exemptions for vaccinations

Fox News  online

2019-05-10

“For decades, we've had sufficient herd immunity so enough people in the community vaccinated that it hasn't led to these outbreaks,” said Dr. David Banach, head of infection prevention and hospital epidemiologist at the University of Connecticut Health. “As we have less and less children vaccinated within communities all it takes is one case to be introduced to spread throughout the community.” Dr. Banach likens vaccinations to a sort of civic duty. “There's a sort of public health obligation for individuals to consider when it comes to vaccination and herd immunity,” Banach said. “I think there is some responsibility that individuals have to the public in order to really reduce the occurrence of these infections.”

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Experts Concerned About Potential 'Second Wave' of Flu

NBC Connecticut  online

2018-04-09

“There is some concern about that but it’s a little difficult to predict,” Dr. David Banach, infectious disease physician at UConn Health, said. Banach confirms it’s a little unusual to be dealing with flu this late in the year.

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Articles (5)

Challenges in identifying Candida auris in hospital clinical laboratories: a need for hospital and public health laboratory collaboration in rapid identification of an emerging pathogen Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

2018 Challenges in identifying Candida auris in hospital clinical laboratories: a need for hospital and public health laboratory collaboration in rapid identification of an emerging pathogen.

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Misidentification of Candida auris by RapID Yeast Plus, a Commercial, Biochemical Enzyme-Based Manual Rapid Identification System Journal of Clinical Microbiology

2018 The misidentification ofCandida aurisusing RapID Yeast Plus, a commercial, biochemical enzyme-based manual rapid identification system.

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Duration of Contact Precautions for Acute-Care Settings Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

2018 Duration of Contact Precautions for Acute-Care Settings. Banach, David B; Bearman, Gonzalo; Barnden, Marsha; Hanrahan, Jennifer A; Leekha, Surbhi; Morgan, Daniel J; Murthy, Rekha; Munoz-Price, L Silvia; Sullivan, Kaede V; Popovich, Kyle J; Wiemken, Timothy L Infection control and hospital epidemiology 2018 Feb;39(2):127-144

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Outbreak Response and Incident Management: SHEA Guidance and Resources for Healthcare Epidemiologists in United States Acute-Care Hospitals Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

2017 Outbreak Response and Incident Management: SHEA Guidance and Resources for Healthcare Epidemiologists in United States Acute-Care Hospitals.

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Graft loss among renal-transplant recipients with early reduction of immunosuppression for BK viremia World Journal of Transplant

2017 To review the incidence of graft loss and acute rejection among renal transplant recipients with early reduction of immunosuppression for BK viremia.

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