In India, women face higher risk of death from COVID-19 than men

The findings of a study published in the Journal of Global Health Science show that women In India , particularly in certain age groups, do not have the biological advantage over men of fighting off COVID-19. The authors suggest that social determinants of health, such as access to healthcare, and health and nutritional status, could … Continue reading “In India, women face higher risk of death from COVID-19 than men”

Mental health status check of young adults in U.S. during first wave of COVID-19 pandemic

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Cindy H. Liu, PhD, and colleagues have published a study in Psychiatry Research that found that nearly half of the U.S. young adults (18-30) in the study showed high rates of depression and anxiety, and nearly a third showed high levels of PTSD symptoms. Family support was associated with lower … Continue reading “Mental health status check of young adults in U.S. during first wave of COVID-19 pandemic”

What’s one (big) reason that it’s important to know which groups have been hardest hit by the coronavirus?

To better direct resources (temporary housing, PPE and testing) to those most vulnerable during the next wave of COVID-19, according to Jarvis Chen, one of the authors of the Harvard Pop Center working paper recently published using state public health data obtained by The Boston Globe.  Listen to Dr. Chen being interviewed on NPR, or … Continue reading “What’s one (big) reason that it’s important to know which groups have been hardest hit by the coronavirus?”

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina on less obvious possible health impacts of COVID-19

Data from a longitudinal study of survivors of Hurricane Katrina could be helpful in predicting the more indirect health stressors of a pandemic. Ethan Raker, a Harvard Pop Center graduate student affiliate, Meghan Zacher, and Sarah Lowe, have published a study in PNAS that draws from their work on the RISK project. Their findings suggest … Continue reading “Lessons from Hurricane Katrina on less obvious possible health impacts of COVID-19”

Why are more women than men dying of coronavirus in Massachusetts? Berkman, Krieger provide some possible reasons…

Globally and nationally, the gender divide is clear; more men than women are dying of the coronavirus. The Boston Globe spoke with Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member Nancy Krieger, PhD, to uncover why Massachusetts is experiencing a different trend.

Novel study reveals an unequal surge in COVID-19 mortality rates in Massachusetts by poverty level, race and crowded housing

A Harvard Pop Center working paper reveals the findings of an analysis of State-provided public health data by Harvard T. H. Chan School researchers Jarvis Chen, Pamela Waterman, and Nancy Krieger. The Boston Globe obtained the data and shared it with the researchers in order to generate this novel analysis. Read more in The Boston … Continue reading “Novel study reveals an unequal surge in COVID-19 mortality rates in Massachusetts by poverty level, race and crowded housing”

How could we get a more accurate picture of prevalence of COVID-19 without universal testing?

Professor S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, has co-authored a letter published in Lancet Global Health in which he and co-author K.S. James suggest that a random-sample-based population surveillance framework like the Demographic Health Survey (DHS), or in India’s case, the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), could be cost-effectively leveraged to help establish the prevalence of … Continue reading “How could we get a more accurate picture of prevalence of COVID-19 without universal testing?”