Can big countries realistically eliminate COVID-19 without a vaccine? Four experts discuss

New Zealand has managed it, but densely population, highly infected countries face a bigger challenge.

Lakshmi Manoharan, Medical Epidemiologist, University of Oxford • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus disease-control coronavirus-insights

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

Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus death economics pandemic social-distancing recession cost-benefit-analysis job-loss value-of-life

COVID-19 messes with Texas: What went wrong, and what other states can learn as younger people get sick

Texas hospitals are filling up with new COVID-19 cases, and many of the people falling ill are young.

Tiffany A. Radcliff, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

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COVID-19 messes with Texas: What went wrong and how the state can turn it around

Texas hospitals are filling up with new COVID-19 cases, and many of the people falling ill are young.

Tiffany A. Radcliff, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic leadership social-distancing behavior texas

Can people spread the coronavirus if they don't have symptoms? 5 questions answered about asymptomatic COVID-19

There is a lot of confusion and concern around asymptomatic spread of SARS-C0V-2. An infectious disease expert explains how many people are asymptomatic and how they can spread the virus.

Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus transmission sars-cov-2 viruses questions-answered masks asymptomatic

How 'vaccine nationalism' could block vulnerable populations' access to COVID-19 vaccines

Should the US be able to pre-order vaccines for its citizens when other populations around the globe are at greater risk?

Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor of Law, Saint Louis University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus vaccines sars-cov-2 united-nations human-rights nationalism international-law gavi

Quarantine bubbles – when done right – limit coronavirus risk and help fight loneliness

People are turning to quarantine bubbles as a way to see friends and family while limiting the risk from the coronavirus. Research shows that this can work, but it's not easy to be in a quaranteam.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: health public-health mental-health anxiety pandemic transmission isolation friendship risk-management harm-reduction lonliness

People are getting sick from coronavirus spreading through the air – and that's a big challenge for reopening

SARS-CoV-2 can be spread through the air. But just how much of a factor that is has been hard to determine. Recent evidence suggests it is common, posing problems as public places begin to reopen.

Douglas Reed, Associate Professor of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

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Coronavirus shows how ageism is harmful to health of older adults

Prejudice toward older Americans can impact their physical and emotional health.

Phillip W. Schnarrs, Associate Professor of Population Health, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  aging  nursing-homes  prejudice  older-adults  living-longer-2020  older-people  ageism  senior-citizens

How to protest during a pandemic and still keep everyone safe from coronavirus: 6 questions answered

It's nearly impossible to avoid close contact when protesting, and easy to forget the risks. An infectious disease expert answers key questions about how to avoid spreading the coronavirus to family.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

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