Dramatic drops in ER visits likely led to uncounted deaths

A Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study showed dramatic drops in hospital visits for heart attacks and stroke, which likely led to uncounted deaths at home during the COVID crisis. Perhaps more troubling is the potential for long-term damage to decades’ work to catch conditions in their earliest, most treatable stages.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 22, 2020 ~12 min

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Harvard medical community steps up to fight pandemic

An outpouring of volunteers and equipment from the Harvard medical community have helped a Harvard hospital testing lab meet COVID’s challenge.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

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Assessing where vaccine efforts stand and the challenges ahead

Rising nationalism and global inequity will be hurdles to the distribution of COVID vaccines, despite the comparatively “lightning” fast scientific response to the pandemic so far, a Harvard infectious disease expert said Thursday.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Wilderness medicine fellows return to lend a hand

Wilderness medicine fellows were among those whose attention has been turned homeward, where they’re pitching in to fight COVID-19 in the ER.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 6, 2020 ~12 min

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How to ease loneliness and feel more connected

Harvard experts suggest using creativity and looking out for others as ways to get over our own loneliness as keeping socially distanced grinds on.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

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Looking at COVID-19 through healthy-building eyes

Joseph Allen laid out how existing building safety guidelines might be adapted to make workplaces safer in the age of COVID.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 24, 2020 ~6 min

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Rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era

Uncertainty, unemployment, and ill health are combining to feed a rise in concern about America’s mental health as people shelter from the coronavirus and each other, a Harvard Chan School psychiatric epidemiologist said Thursday.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Social-distancing measures may be flattening the curve

A top emergency-preparedness official with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital says recent modeling shows social distancing is working to flatten the curve.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 10, 2020 ~5 min

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Harvard technology provides early boost to Mass. COVID testing

Aldatu Biosciences, a company born in Harvard’s labs and nurtured in its entrepreneurial ecosystem, helps the region ramp up COVID-19 testing.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 31, 2020 ~9 min

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