College campuses reopen as the Delta variant spreads. Experts say that can put students of color at risk, Dr. Alyssa Lederer, assistant professor at Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and lead author of "More than Inconvenienced: The Unique Needs of College Students during the Covid-19 Pandemic," told Insider that students have not merely been inconvenienced by the public health crisis; they've been dealing with issues like food and housing insecurity, loneliness, and grief. Insider, August 31, 2021.
Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba’s Vaunted Health System Is Reeling, Dr. Arachu Castro, Samuel Z. Stone Endowed Chair of Public Health in Latin America, studying Cuba’s response to Covid-19, said the country had one of the best coronavirus responses in Latin America in the early stages of the pandemic. But the situation shifted sharply after November when tourists were allowed back into the country. The New York Times, August 17, 2021.
Is it okay to ask if someone is vaccinated? Susan Hassig, an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, explains that certain contexts are reasonable for asking about vaccination status. 4WWL, August 11, 2021.
Link between cases and deaths greatly weakened in delta surge, Susan Hassig, an epidemiology professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says that individuals in older age groups who would have been more vulnerable to deadly COVID-19 cases are mostly vaccinated now. Washington Examiner, August 1, 2021.
Delta variant poses high risks for the unvaccinated, Susan Hassig, an epidemiology professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, discusses the potential reasons for the recent spike in Covid-19 hospitalizations for children under 17. Washington Examiner, July 22, 2021.
COVAX Effort to Vaccinate the World Is Faltering, Valerie Paz-Soldan, Director of Tulane Health Offices for Latin America, comments on the lack of trust among people in Peru after a political scandal involving vaccines that were intended for clinical trials. Scientific American, June 16, 2021.
CNN Transcript, Distinguished Scholar John Barry of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine comments on whether the worst of the pandemic is over in this country, CNN, May 31, 2021.
US moves toward coronavirus herd immunity, Susan Hassig, epidemiology professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says some states in the Northeast are close to herd immunity, Washington Examiner, May 28, 2021.
What the science says about lifting mask mandates, Susan Hassig, epidemiology professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says it is rare that a public health intervention, such as wearing a mask, is widely accepted without some type of enforcement mechanism, Nature, May 25, 2021.
COVID risk outdoors is low, indoors much higher, Chad Roy, director of infectious disease aerobiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center and alumus of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, discusses what settings are considered high and low risks for contracting COVID-19. WWLTV, April 28, 2021.
New COVID-19 cases plummet at Louisiana’s nursing homes, Susan Hassig, epidemiology professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says that COVID-19 cases reported in nursing homes have substantially decreased since many of the homes’ residents have been vaccinated, and it is an indication that that community is reaching herd immunity. AP News, April 26, 2021.
Cancellation of Care Came Mostly From Patient Side Early in Pandemic, Kevin Callison, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, co-authored a study that suggests the decline in non-COVID-19 medical care last spring can mostly be attributed to patients’ decisions to avoid healthcare settings where they might contract COVID-19. Medscape, April 26, 2021.
CDC says racism is a ‘threat to public’s health,’ School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Dean Thomas LaVeist discusses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledging racism as a threat to the public’s health, Fox News, April 9, 2021.
City-run walk-up testing helped achieve COVID testing equity goals, study finds, Julie Hernandez, associate professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, discusses a study she led that found walk-up COVID-19 testing sites significantly increased testing in low-income and minority neighborhoods, Nola.com, April 8, 2021.
New COVID wave may not be as deadly, Susan Hassig, an epidemiologist at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says that impatience with following COVID-19 protocols among some people could be a factor in the next wave of #COVID19 cases in the U.S. Washington Examiner, March 31, 2021.
Congress grills Big Tech CEOs on vaccine misinformation, Susan Hassig, epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says attention on rare cases of side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine and misinformation about them have cut into the bigger picture of vaccine progress. WWLTV, March 25, 2021.
How NBA fandom has changed due to COVID-19, Susan Hassig, epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says virus particles can hang around in the air when in enclosed arenas. Yahoo! News, March 18, 2021.
America’s Next COVID Obstacle: Vaccine Deserts, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Dean Thomas LaVeist, who is also co-chair of Louisiana’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, says the task force is finding creative ways to utilize other sites such as schools, community centers and churches to distribute the vaccines in underserved communities. New York Magazine, March 11, 2021.
How Chile built one of the world’s most successful vaccination campaigns, Arachu Castro, the Samuel Z. Stone Endowed Chair of Public Health in Latin America at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, explains that Chile decided to not align the country geopolitically when it came to pre-purchasing COVID-19 vaccine doses from several companies. Vox, March 10, 2021.
COVID clobbers US birthrate with big impacts to come, Dr. Mark VanLandingham, director for the Center for Studies of Displaced Populations at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, discusses how Covid-19 has clobbered the US birthrate. WWL Radio, March 5, 2021.
3 things may make you a COVID-19 ‘super-spreader,’ Chad Roy, director of infectious disease aerobiology at the Tulane University National Primate Research Center, corresponding author of the paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and alumnus of Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine discusses. Futurity, February 11, 2021.
New COVID study offers free coronavirus tests, amazon gift cards, Patricia Kissinger, infectious disease epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, discusses a COMPASS study that seeks to find the prevalence of COVID-19 infections – past and present – in the community.
WWLTV, February 8, 2021.
60 Black Health Experts Urge Black Americans to Get Vaccinated, Thomas LaVeist, the dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and health care equity researcher a Tulane University, is one of 60 Black American members of the National Academy of Medicine who authored a The New York Times opinion piece encouraging all Black Americans to claim in their place in line to get vaccinated. The New York Times, February 7, 2021.
AP Analysis: Racial disparity seen in US vaccination drive, Thomas LaVeist, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is recruiting notable Black Americans to address mistrust of the COVID-19 vaccine among the Black community through his campaign “The Skin You’re In.” AP News, January 30, 2021.
Fighting Misinformation: How Doctors Respond to Vaccine Hesitancy, Charles Stoecker, associate professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, comments on how trusted figures and celebrities who receive the COVID-19 vaccine can be useful in encouraging others to get the vaccine. Courthouse News Service, January 22, 2021.
Herd immunity is the key to getting festivals back, Charles Stoecker, associate professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, explained how herd immunity benefits a community and how it may help New Orleans get back to festing. Nola.com, January 18, 2021.
After slow public rollout, officials describe path — and obstacles — to mass vaccinations, Richard Oberhelman, the associate dean for Global Health, is mentioned in this article for soliciting volunteers from Tulane public health and tropical medicine students and faculty to assist the city of New Orleans Health Department with a vaccination program. While Susan Hassig, a professor of epidemiology who has advised the state’s vaccine plan, said that the lack of a centralized signup tool wasn’t especially surprising, given the resources that would go into making such a tool, and the lack of federal support. The Lens, January 7, 2021.
Where Is It Safe To Reopen Schools? New Research Offers Answers, Here is the new report on impact of school re-openings on COVID-19 by Tulane University School of Liberal Arts economists Douglas N. Harris and Engy Ziedan, joined by Susan Hassig of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. NPR, January 7, 2021.
Battling the Infodemic: LJ's 2021 Librarians of the Year, Librarian Elaine R. Hicks of Tulane University’s Rudolph Matas Library was named one of three Librarians of the Year by Library Journal (LJ) for her work helping the World Health Organization manage the flood of COVID-19 information by founding the Librarian Reserve Corps. The Library Journal, January 5, 2021.
Nevada County introduces Dr. Scott Kellermann as Public Health Officer, Dr. Kellermann received his medical degree from Tulane University with a Master’s in Public Health and Master’s in Tropical Medicine. He will now engage in public health in Nevada County, particularly with an immunization campaign to end the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Union, January 1, 2021.