Rural hospitals are under siege from COVID-19 – here's what doctors are facing, in their own words

Hospitals are losing staff to quarantines as rural case numbers rise, and administrators fear flu season will make make it worse. And then there's the politics.

Lauren Hughes, Physician, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~9 min

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While spending holidays at home, here are a dozen more things you can do to help stop COVID-19

Inaction over the next few months could cost tens of thousands of lives. Here are things you should do now to stay safe and to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Pamela M. Aaltonen, Professor Emerita; Immediate Past President, APHA, Purdue University • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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As CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel, here are a dozen more things you can do to help stop COVID-19

Inaction over the next few months could cost tens of thousands of lives. Here are things you should do now to stay safe and to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Pamela M. Aaltonen, Professor Emerita; Immediate Past President, APHA, Purdue University • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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A new data-driven model shows that wearing masks saves lives – and the earlier you start, the better

The model provides county-level analysis and simulates the benefits of mask-wearing in terms of illnesses and deaths.

Biplav Srivastava, Professor of Computer Science, University of South Carolina • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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An epidemiologist explains the new CDC guidance on 15 minutes of exposure and what it means for you

New guidance from the CDC says that 15 minutes of exposure – regardless of whether that occurs at one time – can result in transmission of the coronavirus.

Ryan Malosh, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Sick of COVID-19? Here's why you might have pandemic fatigue

It's draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.

Jay Maddock, Professor of Public Health, Texas A&M University • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Cloth masks do protect the wearer – breathing in less coronavirus means you get less sick

In places where everyone wears a mask, cases of COVID-19 seem to be less severe. Evidence from labs and outbreaks suggests that masks protect not only others, but the person wearing the mask, too.

Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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'Morality pills' may be the US's best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist

Rather than a vaccine to beef up your immune system, a psychoactive substance could boost your cooperative, pro-social behavior – curtailing the selfish actions that spur on coronavirus's spread.

Parker Crutchfield, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law, Western Michigan University • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 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 to make sure you're wearing your mask right

Masks are only effective if you follow certain principles when wearing them.

Joy Pieper, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

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