Evidence shows that, yes, masks prevent COVID-19 – and surgical masks are the way to go

Since the coronaviurs first began spreading around the globe, people have debated how effective masks are at preventing COVID-19. A year and a half in, what does the evidence show?

Laura (Layla) H. Kwong, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Sept. 22, 2021 ~8 min

Correctional officers are driving the pandemic in prisons

New research shows correctional officers are vectors of infection, driving COVID-19 rates both inside prisons and in their communities.

Danielle Wallace, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University • conversation
Aug. 18, 2021 ~7 min

Here's why the CDC recommends wearing masks indoors even if you've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The CDC guidance applies to areas with high coronavirus transmission rates – which on the day of the announcement covered 63% of US counties.

Peter Chin-Hong, Associate Dean for Regional Campuses, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
July 28, 2021 ~9 min

Our analysis of 7 months of polling data shows friendships, the economy and firsthand experience shaped and reshaped views on COVID-19 risks

Multiple factors determined whether or not individual Americans adopted COVID-19 safety measures, according to statistical analysis of public opinion data.

Feng Hao, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of South Florida • conversation
July 22, 2021 ~7 min

Can people vaccinated against COVID-19 still spread the coronavirus?

The COVID-19 vaccines are a smash success. But that doesn't mean they keep every vaccinated person completely free of the coronavirus.

Sanjay Mishra, Project Coordinator & Staff Scientist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University • conversation
May 25, 2021 ~11 min

Anxious about going out into the world? You're not alone, but there's help

As more people become vaccinated, many of them are eager to resume their social lives. And yet, many are fearful, and some may not want to return to life as they previously experienced it.

Claudia Finkelstein, Associate Professor of Medicine, Michigan State University • conversation
April 8, 2021 ~9 min

People gave up on flu pandemic measures a century ago when they tired of them – and paid a price

Americans were tired of social distancing and mask-wearing. At the first hint the virus was receding, people pushed to get life back to normal. Unfortunately another surge of the disease followed.

J. Alexander Navarro, Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan • conversation
March 23, 2021 ~9 min

4 steps to reaching Biden's goal of a July 4th with much greater freedom from COVID-19

The president wants Americans to be able to celebrate Independence Day with small gatherings. What will it take to get the virus under control by then? Three public health school deans explain.

Cheryl Healton, Director of the NYU Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH), Dean of Global Public Health, New York University • conversation
March 18, 2021 ~8 min

COVID-19 survivor's guilt a growing issue as reality of loss settles in

What if you passed COVID-19 to someone else? For those living with that guilt, the thought could be devastating.

Mark S. McIntosh, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida • conversation
March 9, 2021 ~6 min

States drop COVID-19 mask mandates but still expect people to mask up – will they?

The COVID-19 case spike in the summer of 2020 and earlier attempts to rely on personal responsibility, like wearing seat belts, showed that mandates make a difference.

Walter Thomas Casey II, Associate Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M University-Texarkana • conversation
March 7, 2021 ~8 min