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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TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?

Anjana Susarla, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic

The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.

Heidi Peltier, Research Professor in Political Science; Faculty Research Fellow at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus deaths in San Francisco vs. New York: What causes such big differences in cities' tolls?

Why one city suffers significantly more deaths than another isn't always obvious. A simple experiment shows how failing to consider certain factors can point policy makers in the wrong direction.

Brian W. Whitcomb, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus is spreading through rural South’s high-risk population – reopening economies will make it worse

Southern governors are starting to reopen their economies at the same time COVID-19 cases are spreading through the rural South.

Meagen Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration, University of Mississippi • conversation
April 24, 2020 ~7 min

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Why there isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan for states to reopen their economies

How and when the US economy reopens will look different state to state, and for good reasons. This Q&A explains why, and why some states are working together.

Hilary Godwin, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Washington • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~7 min

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What does a state of emergency mean in the face of the coronavirus?

The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.

Marian Moser Jones, Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Family Science, University of Maryland • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~6 min

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