COVID-19 statistics by Congressional districts across the United States

Professor of population health and geography S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, and his colleague Priyanka N deSouza have published a paper that presents the first estimates of COVID-19 cumulative cases, deaths and case fatality rates across the 436 policy-relevant Congressional districts in the U.S. Image: Wikimediacommons

WBUR reports: MA home-based child care providers hit hard as a result of COVID-19

Harvard Pop Center faculty affiliate Stephanie Jones, PhD, the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and her colleagues compiled research focused on the status of families and young children in Massachusetts during the spring of 2020. The findings of this collaboration between HGSE and Abt Associates, … Continue reading “WBUR reports: MA home-based child care providers hit hard as a result of COVID-19”

ENOUGH: Nancy Krieger looks back (and forward) as country grapples with convergence of multiple crises

Harvard Pop Center faculty affiliate Nancy Krieger, PhD, has written an editorial published in the American Journal of Public Health that sheds light on the nature of the inequities exposed by COVID-19. Krieger also shares words of inspiration and encouragement—her own, as well as those of notable historical figures—that call for us to stay strong … Continue reading “ENOUGH: Nancy Krieger looks back (and forward) as country grapples with convergence of multiple crises”

How much does age contribute to the wide variation in COVID-19 case fatality rates across nine countries?

Recent Bell Fellow Nikkil Sudharsanan, PhD, and Harvard Pop Center faculty member Till Bärnighausen, MD, PhD, ScD and their colleagues have published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that finds… “Selective testing and identifying of older cases considerably warps estimates of the lethality of COVID-19 within populations and comparisons across countries.” The findings … Continue reading “How much does age contribute to the wide variation in COVID-19 case fatality rates across nine countries?”

Study shines light on how caregivers are faring during COVID-19

Our Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Sung S. Park, PhD, has authored a paper published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B that examines the physical and mental health of caregivers (those offering short-term and long-term care) vs. non-caregivers during the early stages of COVID-19. Findings point to caregivers, in general, faring worse than … Continue reading “Study shines light on how caregivers are faring during COVID-19”

In wake of COVID-19 and home quarantine, symptoms of anxiety and depression are weighing down many adults in Bangladesh

Harvard Pop Center research assistant Enryka Christopher is an author of a study published in International Journal of Environmental Health Research that finds that one-third of surveyed home-quarantined adults were suffering from symptoms of anxiety, while over one-half were experiencing symptoms of depression. “These findings warrant the consideration of easily accessible low-intensity mental health interventions … Continue reading “In wake of COVID-19 and home quarantine, symptoms of anxiety and depression are weighing down many adults in Bangladesh”

Children living on edge of malnutrition in India at greater risk of “food shocks” during national lockdowns to curb COVID-19

With one out of two children in India suffering from one form of malnutrition, there are many more who are hovering just above that threshold. The findings of this paper published in the Journal of Global Health Science estimate that even a slight shock to body weight could result in a significant uptick in cases … Continue reading “Children living on edge of malnutrition in India at greater risk of “food shocks” during national lockdowns to curb COVID-19″

The numbers are in; Eating disorders cost US $65 billion annually, affect 10% of population, and take a life every 52 minutes

Faculty affiliate S. Bryn Austin and colleagues have penned an op-ed in The Hill calling for government agencies and policymakers to ramp up data collection and research funding in order to tackle these costly and preventable disorders.

How accurately have prediction models forecast cases and deaths during previous epidemics?

A review published in the European Journal of Epidemiology finds that during the Ebola epidemic, for example, when there was in increase in forecasting studies, the number of cases and deaths were overestimated by most of the studies. “Only once COVID-19 is behind us will we know whether prediction models did better than their counterparts … Continue reading “How accurately have prediction models forecast cases and deaths during previous epidemics?”

Weighing the value of crowdsourced versus official COVID-19 data in India

A piece on natureindia.com written by researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center — Weixing Zhang, Rockli Kim and S.V. Subramanian— highlights the importance of timely data on COVID-19 infection rates in order to slow the spread of the virus. Crowdsourced data, although not verified by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has the … Continue reading “Weighing the value of crowdsourced versus official COVID-19 data in India”