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  • New Orleans officials warn public about omicron, stop short of re-imposing mask mandate, Susan Hassig, an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, comments on the concern about the omicron variant and Louisiana's increase in cases. WWNO Radio, November 29, 2021.
  • Vaccine Requirement for Louisiana Schools Drawing GOP Anger, Susan Hassig, an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Tropical medicine, said vaccines do offer substantial protection, particularly against the most severe outcomes of a disease. US News, November 23, 2021.
  • How to tell when the COVID pandemic is nearing its end, Susan Hassig, an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says she suspects the threshold of 100 deaths per day in the U.S. due to COVID-19 may be what the CDC will aim for as an indication that the pandemic is nearing an end, however she is not certain that this is the most morally responsible approach. Popular Science, November 22, 2021.
  • FDA Gives OK for Fully Vaccinated Adults to Get COVID-19 Boosters, Thomas LaVeist, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says states such as Louisiana have shown that it’s possible to distribute COVID-19 vaccines in an equitable way and notes that planning a distribution method that makes access to vaccines easy for all is key. Healthline, November 19, 2021.
  • Louisiana's hospitalization rate now lowest in the country, Susan Hassig, epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says she thinks Louisiana could still experience another surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations since many residents are still not vaccinated. 4WWL, November 18, 2021.
  • What the CDC Got Right and Wrong with Its COVID-19 Vaccine Programs, Kenneth L. Campbell, assistant professor and interim director of the online Master of Health Administration Program at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, discusses the lessons learned during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the U.S. Healthline, November 17, 2021.
  • History As It Happens: Heading toward herd immunity, Distinguished Scholar John Barry of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine explains why at least 90% of the US population could have at least some immunity to COVID-19. The Washington Times, November 10, 2021.
  • Costa Rica requires all children to get a coronavirus vaccine, Arachu Castro, Samuel Z. Stone Endowed Chair of Public Health in Latin America at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says that Costa Rica’s decision to require coronavirus vaccinations for everyone under 18 “helps normalize the vaccine.” The Washington Post, November 8, 2021.
  • Why Black teens are getting vaccinated at higher rates than white teens across the South, Thomas LaVeist, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, comments on the increase in vaccination rates among the Black community in the South and attributes the change to health departments in the South working to address a long history of distrust. WWNO, November 4, 2021.
  • In Alaska Native villages and across communities of color, the enduring silence of grief, Stress causes a rush of neurological and hormonal signals in the bloodstream – overexposure to these hormones “weathers” the body faster. The pandemic “is a weathering event,” says Thomas LaVeist, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The Washington Post, November 4, 2021.
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