More families are discussing end-of-life planning as COVID-19 cases rise – here's how to start the conversation

The pandemic is bringing up tough new questions as parents and grandparents develop advance care plans. Here's how to start the conversation.

Lindy Grief Davidson, Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction and Faculty, Judy Genshaft Honors College, University of South Florida • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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With 250,000 US deaths, COVID-19 is triggering more end-of-life planning – and young people want in on the discussions

The pandemic is bringing up tough new questions as parents and grandparents develop advance care plans. Here's how to start the conversation.

Lindy Grief Davidson, Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction and Faculty, Judy Genshaft Honors College, University of South Florida • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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When someone dies, what happens to the body?

A funeral director explains how the bodies of the deceased are prepared for burial or cremation in the United States.

Mark Evely, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Mortuary Science, Wayne State University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~8 min

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I'm a COVID-19 long-hauler and an epidemiologist – here's how it feels when symptoms last for months

Margot Gage Witvliet went from being healthy and active to fearing she was dying almost overnight. An epidemiologist, she dug into the research to understand what's happening to long-haulers like her.

Margot Gage Witvliet, Assistant Professor of Social Epidemiology, Lamar University • conversation
Aug. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Yes, kids can get COVID-19 – 3 pediatricians explain what's known about coronavirus and children

Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.

Shipra Gupta, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease, West Virginia University • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

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How deadly is COVID-19? A biostatistician explores the question

The COVID-19 death toll in the US is now over 130,000. What do 130,000 fatalities look like? A biostatistician provides some perspective.

Ron Fricker, Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
July 10, 2020 ~9 min

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Is the COVID-19 pandemic cure really worse than the disease? Here's what our research found

Putting a dollar value on human lives to compare the costs and benefits of stay-at-home orders can have unintended consequences. These researchers found a different way.

Olga Yakusheva, Associate Professor in Nursing and Public Health, University of Michigan • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

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Herd immunity won’t solve our COVID-19 problem

Without a vaccine, the cost of reaching herd immunity during a pandemic is counted in lives lost, and it won't quickly stop the virus's spread.

Sara Krehbiel, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Santa Clara University • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus reminds you of death – and amplifies your core values, both bad and good

It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.

Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

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Why can't I stop thinking about my dead parents?

Whether we miss them, feel guilty about not having appreciated them more or struggle to forgive them, remembering our parents can hurt. Here's how to move on.

Silvia Panizza, Teaching Fellow, University College Dublin • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~11 min

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