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

Tags: stroke cancer covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell heart-attack beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center emergency-room dhruv-kazi

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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Disaster expert outlines how first responders will handle COVID-19

With cases of COVID-19 multiplying, a Massachusetts General Hospital preparedness expert discusses existing challenges and the ways first responders can get ready to meet the new coronavirus.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 12, 2020 ~10 min

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Connecting the dots between climate change and health care

Bringing climate change into the examining room by discussing links between a warming environment and the everyday health of patients.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 10, 2020 ~16 min

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