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?”

Follow-up: Results of first round of COVID-19 survey released

Professors David Bloom and David Canning, along with Rashmi Dayalu (all associated with the Program on Global Demography of Aging (PGDA) at Harvard, and Boston University Assistant Professor Mahesh Karra, have released the results of the first round of their survey focused on social distancing behavior and COVID-19 symptoms. Are older people practicing social distancing … Continue reading “Follow-up: Results of first round of COVID-19 survey released”

Working paper shows people living in most disadvantaged U.S. counties have highest COVID-19 death rates

A Harvard Pop Center working paper by Jarvis Chen and Nancy Krieger provides critical public health monitoring data—missing until now—on the unequal economic and social burden of COVID-19 in the United States. The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) Working Paper Series provides a flexible and timely outlet for affiliates to publish their … Continue reading “Working paper shows people living in most disadvantaged U.S. counties have highest COVID-19 death rates”

A call to decode human immune system to help protect our global aging population

Harvard Chan School Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD, has co-authored a Perspective in The New England Journal of Medicine that calls for more longitudinal studies in aging populations to better understand the “mechanics of immunity” in this vulnerable, growing sector of our global community.  Learn more in this news item by Harvard T.H. Chan School … Continue reading “A call to decode human immune system to help protect our global aging population”

Social scientist David Williams says COVID-19 is a call to action for a ‘Marshall Plan’ for disadvantaged communities

The Chicago Sun Times reports on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation teleconference with Professor David Williams, PhD, during which he explained how the coronavirus is bringing to light the health disparities that “reflect longstanding policies that have created pervasive social and economic inequalities in the United States.”

The New Yorker magazine features social epidemiologist’s perspective on health inequalities exposed by COVID-19 pandemic

Nancy Krieger shares her perspective as a social epidemiologist in this Q&A in The New Yorker on everything from the difference between inequities in health status vs. inequalities in health care (and what happens when they collide) to the eco-social theory of disease distribution, to the history of social epidemiology, dating back to 1848.