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”

Novel animated graphic illustrates lag time between COVID-19 cases and deaths in United States

A Harvard Pop Center working paper presents state-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths (spanning from January 22 until July 8, 2020) in one animated graphic that helps to illustrate the lag time between cases and deaths. The visualization helps to show the relationship between the two metrics, and could be useful to set expectations … Continue reading “Novel animated graphic illustrates lag time between COVID-19 cases and deaths in United States”

How is COVID-19 impacting Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.? This team is going to find out…

The research project AAPI COVID-19 Project launched by the Harvard Sociology Department in partnership with UNESCO will investigate the increase in racism aimed at Asians in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Harvard Pop Center Associate Director Jason Beckfield is serving as co-principal investigator on the team. Learn more in this piece in The … Continue reading “How is COVID-19 impacting Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.? This team is going to find out…”

Professor Subramanian named to multi-disciplinary commission launched to address global COVID-19 response

The Journal of Global Health Science has launched a commission comprised of scientific and social science scholars from a wide range of disciplines to help foster global engagement and cooperation in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, Harvard Pop Center faculty member and professor of population health and geography at … Continue reading “Professor Subramanian named to multi-disciplinary commission launched to address global COVID-19 response”

Special webinar event: “Health, the Hidden Violence of the Race” — inclusion in the time of COVID-19, international webinars addressing racism, discrimination and exclusion

This UNESCO webinar will take place on Wed, June 24 at 4 pm CEST (Paris time) – which is 10 am in Boston and 7 am in San Francisco, etc, and is organized by the UNESCO program on “The Slave Route: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage.” Professor Nancy Krieger will be a participant. 1) INFORMATION ON HOW … Continue reading “Special webinar event: “Health, the Hidden Violence of the Race” — inclusion in the time of COVID-19, international webinars addressing racism, discrimination and exclusion”

David Cutler: “The economy will not regain its footing until the health crisis is addressed”

David Culter, PhD, has written a Commentary in the JAMA Forum that explains why the health care field may not weather a COVID-19 recession as well as it has survived previous economic crises. He also cautions that the economy in general will be impacted if people are hesitant to be exposed to risk, regardless of … Continue reading “David Cutler: “The economy will not regain its footing until the health crisis is addressed””

Age reveals clearer picture of COVID-19 mortality inequities across racial and ethnic groups

A Harvard Pop Center working paper by Mary Bassett, MD, MPH, Jarvis Chen, ScD, and Nancy Krieger, PhD, exposes the “magnitude of mortality inequities” across multiple racial and ethnic groups by analyzing age-specific mortality rates. While COVID-19 mortality rates were higher for racial and ethnic minorities at all ages, the rate for those ages 25-54 … Continue reading “Age reveals clearer picture of COVID-19 mortality inequities across racial and ethnic groups”