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”
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.”
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.
In today’s Boston Globe, David Bloom and David Canning, both Harvard Pop Center faculty members, call for conducting COVID-19 tests on a representative sample of the population, leveraging already collected data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, along with additional information currently being culled by the COVID-19 Symptoms & Social Distancing Web Survey … Continue reading “Professors Bloom and Canning pen op-ed proposing a scientific, cost-effective way to get needed data on COVID-19 infection rate”
Harvard Pop Center faculty member Nancy Krieger is an author of a pre-print article that examines the U.S. county by county to identify those most vulnerable to the risks of COVID-19 and in greatest need of interventions aimed at minimizing the epidemic’s toll on people’s health and its burden on the healthcare infrastructure.
Harvard Pop Center faculty member Alexander Tsai, MD, PhD, is an author of an article that reports finding social distancing to be associated with a decrease of 3,090 cases at 7 days, and 68,255 cases at 14 days, after these measures were implemented. Other authors of the article include Mark J. Siedner, Guy Harling, Zahra … Continue reading “This time-series analysis shows state-level social distancing slows growth of U.S. COVID-19 epidemic”
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 created a 5-minute survey that can be taken by U.S. residents age 18 and over to help gather information on COVID-19 symptoms and social … Continue reading “PGDA joins fight against COVID-19 with symptoms and social distancing web survey”
On Bloomberg.com, Harvard Pop Center Associate Director and Sociologist Jason Beckfield points to the deep structural problems with the organization of our society as the Covid-19 pandemic blatantly exposes workforce inequality.
In this blog post, Professor Ann Forsyth, PhD, urban planner and architect, examines three smaller scale habitats and the built environment—cities and regions, neighborhoods, and the home—in the context of infectious disease.