Amid a raging pandemic, the US faces a nursing shortage. Can we close the gap?

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on another US medical emergency: a serious shortage of nurses.

Rayna M Letourneau, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of South Florida • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19

Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.

Steve Davis, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management and Leadership, West Virginia University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Sketchy darknet websites are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic – buyer beware

The global pandemic has fueled illicit online sales of COVID-19 commodities, some of which are dangerous or illegal. Researchers are assessing the size and reach of this underground market.

David Maimon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia State University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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Healthcare is still hooked on single-use plastic PPE, but there are more sustainable options

The UK alone may use 10 million disposable items each day, though more sustainable alternatives are available.

Chloe Way, PhD Researcher in Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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COVID-19 has resurrected single-use plastics – are they back to stay?

Pandemic precautions have given new life to disposable plastic products, which the industry claims are more 'hygienic' than reusables. But critics say there's no scientific evidence this is so.

Kate O'Neill, Professor, Global Environmental Politics, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~9 min

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Masks help stop the spread of coronavirus – the science is simple and I'm one of 100 experts urging governors to require public mask-wearing

Recommendations around mask usage are confusing. The science isn't. Evidence shows that masks are extremely effective to slow the coronavirus and may be the best tool available right now to fight it.

Jeremy Howard, Distinguished Research Scientist, University of San Francisco • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~10 min

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Graduate School of Design begins PPE production for area hospitals

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) began production of personal protective equipment (PPE) on Sunday.

Travis Dagenaos • harvard
April 7, 2020 ~5 min

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Disaster expert outlines how first responders will handle COVID-19

With cases of COVID-19 multiplying, a Massachusetts General Hospital preparedness expert discusses existing challenges and the ways first responders can get ready to meet the new coronavirus.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 12, 2020 ~10 min

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