Wearable fitness devices deliver early warning of possible COVID-19 infection

Fitness information like resting heart rate collected by wearable devices can't diagnose diseases, but it can signal when something is wrong. That can be enough to prompt a COVID-19 test.

Albert H. Titus, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~9 min

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The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

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Does coronavirus linger in the body? What we know about how viruses in general hang on in the brain and testicles

Some viruses can hide out in the body and reemerge at later times. Which viruses do this, and can the new coronavirus do this too?

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
July 31, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health medicine brain viruses eye testes

Test positivity rate: How this one figure explains that the US isn't doing enough testing yet

Test positivity rates measure the success of a testing program. Even though the US performs a huge number of tests, high test positivity rates across the country show that that it still isn't enough.

Ronald D. Fricker, Jr., Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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How California’s COVID-19 surge widens health inequalities for Black, Latino and low-income residents

California’s COVID-19 disparities are sobering. Everyone is at risk, but low-income, Black and Latino residents are dying at higher rates.

Andrea N. Polonijo, Medical Sociologist, University of California, Riverside • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

Telehealth has seen massive increases in use since the pandemic started. When done right, remote health care can be just as effective as in-person medicine.

Jennifer A. Mallow, Associate Professor of Nursing, West Virginia University • conversation
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

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Random testing in Indiana shows COVID-19 is 6 times deadlier than flu, and 2.8% of the state has been infected

A team of researchers from Indiana University performed random testing for SARS-CoV-2 across the state. The results offer some of the most accurate data to date about important aspects of the virus.

Nir Menachemi, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Indiana University • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~11 min

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How the coronavirus pandemic became Florida's perfect storm

A close look at Florida's economy shows just how vulnerable the state and its population are to a pandemic, and some of the reasons state officials hesitate to take action.

Murray J. Côté, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Why the coronavirus pandemic became Florida's perfect storm

A close look at Florida's economy shows just how vulnerable the state and its population are to a pandemic, and some of the reasons state officials hesitate to take action.

Murray J. Côté, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~8 min

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For Florida, the coronavirus pandemic was a perfect storm

A close look at Florida's economy shows just how vulnerable the state and its population are to a pandemic.

Murray J. Côté, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~8 min

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