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.
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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.
What to expect when the first COVID-19 vaccine arrives, The United States is expected to see the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine soon, with healthcare workers the first to be vaccinated, said Charles Stoecker, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Tulane News, December 14, 2020.
How to Understand the Data Officials Use for Lockdowns, Susan Hassig, epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says sometimes it’s challenging for local and state government officials to have concrete data benchmarks when determining a lockdown. Healthline, December 11, 2020.
What will it take for Americans to get a COVID vaccine? Thomas LaVeist, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, comments on what it will take to get people, particularly the Black community, to feel trusting of a COVID-19 vaccine. Marketplace, December 4, 2020.
Episode 4: Race & Public Health: Tuskegee to COVID-19, Thomas LaVeist, Dean of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, shares how public health is moving towards a more sophisticated understanding of racial disparities. Health In All Matters Podcast, December 1, 2020.
Why The Press Downplayed the 1918 Flu, John Barry, author of The Great Influenza and professor at Tulane's SPHTM, discusses how America forgot about the pandemic of 1918. On the Media, November 27, 2020.
Can the right technology end health inequalities? Janna Wisniewski, assistant professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, comments on her research that found Black patients are more likely to wait longer for a primary doctor’s appointment. Open Access Government, November 27, 2020.
What Fans of ‘Herd Immunity’ Don’t Tell You, A proposal to let people with low risk of infection live without constraint could lead to a million or more preventable deaths. John Barry of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine writes in The New York Times, October 19, 2020.
Research supports airborne spread of COVID-19 indoors, Changwei Li, MD, epidemiology professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is co-author of a study that linked a COVID-19 outbreak in China to a patient who was riding a bus and likely spread the virus through the bus’s air conditioning system. Healthcare Purchasing News, October 5, 2020.
History tells us what a virus can do to a president, John Barry, professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, writes an opinion piece on President Trump’s recent #COVID19 diagnosis and discusses late President Woodrow Wilson’s illness during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Washington Post, October 4, 2020.
Some people are leery about a COVID-19 vaccine; a local expert says messaging will be key, Charles Stoecker, a Tulane University health economist at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and who has worked at the Centers for Disease Control and does research on vaccination policy, talks about how it is important that the public is convinced that a COVID-19 vaccine has been thoroughly developed and tested. Fox 8, September 11, 2020.
Louisiana may have passed the worst of its second COVID-19 surge, Susan Hassig, epidemiology professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says it’s encouraging that Louisiana’s COVID-19 positivity rate is not rising even though the number of tests is declining. The Washington Examiner, August 13, 2020.
What to Pack for the Beach to Avoid Covid-19, A way to establish a safe physical distancing while at the beach is to bring an oversize spread and stake out a hefty chunk of territory, advises Thomas A. LaVeist, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane. The Healthy, August 11, 2020.
Covid-19 Clinical Trials Aren’t Very Diverse and That’s a Problem, Black & Latino people have suffered far more from the novel coronavirus than other races, but are just a fraction of the participants in human clinical trials of treatments & vaccines. That's a problem, dean of Tulane School of Public Health Thomas LaVeist tells Bloomberg. July 30, 2020.
Looking to the past to peer into the future, Professor and historian John M. Barry, author of 'The Great Influenza,' looks to the lessons of the 1918 flu pandemic for insight on confronting COVID-19, John Hopkins Hub, July 27, 2020.
The Pandemic Could Get Much, Much Worse. We Must Act Now. In an opinion piece, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s John Barry writes that the U.S. must get its COVID-19 cases to manageable levels, similar to that of some European countries, in order for the economy and schools to reopen. The New York Times, July 14, 2020.
How Safe Are Hotel Pools This Summer? Susan Hassig, epidemiology professor at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, discusses how safe it is to swim in hotel pools during the COVID-19 pandemic. MSN, July 10, 2020.
Florida emerges as world's new epicenter for COVID-19, Richard Oberhelman, MD, associate dean for global health at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, notes that some common interactions of young people present opportunities for COVID-19 to spread. The Hill, July 9, 2020.
Tulane med students helping businesses stay open safely during the pandemic, One of our rising Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences students in the Tulane MD/MPH program, Stephanie Shea, was on WWLTV News last night talking about her work with BRACE to help work with local businesses to provide community education for #COVID19 business resilience. WWLTV, July 9, 2020.
What Media Aren’t Telling You About Reopening Risks, Susan Hassig, Tulane epidemiology professor at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine says workers in their own private office space can safely unmask, but workers in an open office space need to wear masks at all times. Fair, July 2, 2020.
How COVID-19 Affects Your Mental Health, Dr. Lichtveld, chair of the Environmental Health Sciences department at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, spoke about the significance of the psychosocial effects of COVID-19, as well as the New Orleans communities, such as marginalized groups and children, that are most vulnerable to them. June 11, 2020, Where Y'at Magazine.
Some authors retract articles that said hydroxychloroquine was dangerous, Patty Kissinger, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, discusses how science articles suggesting that the drug hydroxychloroquine didn't work on hospitalized COVID-19 patients and was dangerous have been retracted and how this has effected the study she is working on. June 5, 2020, WWL TV.
What COVID-19 Prison Outbreaks Could Teach Us About Herd Immunity, Susan Hassig, an epidemiologist at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, discusses the important public health lessons to be learned from prison outbreaks, how 95 percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 were asymptomatic. June 1, 2020, The Marshall Project.
New Orleans African American Community suffers due to Covid-19. Dean Thomas LaVeist discusses The Skin You're In, a pioneering initiative to combat the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the African-American community in New Orleans, and Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, which is looking at how health inequities are affecting communities that are most impacted by COVID-19. May 27, 2020, WGNO.
Paid sick leave mandates hold promise in containing COVID-19, Paid sick leave mandates hold promise in containing COVID-19, study co-authored by Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management Kevin Callison finds. May 19, 2020, Phys Org.
Messages and Messengers in Public Health Crises, How does culture shape reactions to a pandemic like COVID-19? How do cultural differences change how people act in such crises? Julie Hernandez of Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine provides some insight after working on Central & Western Africa's ebola outbreaks. May 17, 2020, 64 Parishes.
What coronavirus outbreaks have in common, Thomas LaVeist, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, recommends that individuals shouldn’t let their guard down in protecting themselves against COVID-19, even when outdoors. May 14, 2020, Mashable.
White House Cases Show How Easily COVID-19 Can Invade a Workplace, Susan Hassig, professor and director of the Master of Public Health Program in Epidemiology, discusses how COVID-19 tests can draw false negatives and how workspaces, including open-plan spaces, can be dangerous for spreading COVID-19. May 14, 2020, Healthline.
African countries ease Covid-19 measures amid warnings of possible rebound, Tulane SPHTM Alumni and current Tulane School of Medicine student, Dr. Adora Okoli, dicusses a difficult balance between fighting the pandemic and mitigating the devastating economic impact on millions of people who “depend on working daily to survive” in African countries. May 13, 2020, La Prensa Latina Media.
Battling COVID-19 in the lab, Laura Scott, Ph.D. student at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, was written about in Citizen Potawatomi Nation for her current studies of wastewater to gain a greater understanding of how COVID-19 can live and spread and for volunteering as an epidemiologist for the City of New Orleans at the pandemic’s onset. May11, 2020, Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
Librarian Volunteers Help WHO Make Sense of COVID Information, Elaine Hicks of the Matas Library and Lina Moses, assistant professor at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, were featured in an article on how librarians are bringing their information triage, vetting, and organization skills to bear on the current #COVID19 crisis. May 11, 2020, Library Journal.
Will Warm Weather Slow Coronavirus? School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine professor and author John Barry wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, discussing what the 1918 flu pandemic can tell us about a second wave of COVID-19. April 30, 2020, New York Times
Commentary calls for attention to pregnancy during pandemic, Dr. Pierre Buekens and colleagues at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine have published a comment in Lancet Global Health calling for increased surveillance and research into the ways pregnant women may be impacted by COVID-19. April 24, 2020, Tulane News
3 Simple Ways to Stay Active While You’re Stuck at Home, Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH, department of epidemiology, prevention research center at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, said outdoor exercise has many benefits. April 16, 2020, Health Line
U.S. allies, encouraged by Washington, said goodbye to their Cuban doctors. As coronavirus surges, some are arguing for their return. First year doctoral student at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Carina Vance Mafla, was interviewed about the Cuban medical missions in Latin America. Carina Vance Mafla was once the Ecuadorian Minister of Health and comments on the ending of the medical cooperation agreement Ecuador had with Cuba. April 10, 2020, Washington Post
Official Counts Understate the U.S. Cornavirus Death Toll, Geraldine Ménard, MD, chief of general internal medicine at Tulane Medical Center, says she is sure some patients who were diagnosed with pneumonia had COVID-19, however no one knew because it was before COVID-19 testing was available. April 5, 2020, The New York Times
Venezuelans’ Health Shouldn’t Be a Bargaining Chip, David Smilde of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts comments on the U.S.’s recent drug trafficking indictments of Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela president, and other leaders in an opinion piece in Bloomberg. April 3, 2020, Bloomberg
Louisiana hospitals, medical staff stretched thin amid virus, David Becnel, MD, pulmonary critical care doctor at the Tulane School of Medicine, says hospitals are looking at using one ventilator for more than one person or retrofitting other breathing devices into ventilators as the amount of supplies decrease. April 3, 2020, AP News
New COVID-19 test gives results in four hours, The test, available to patients at Tulane Medical Center (TMC) and University Medical Center, was made possible through the joint efforts of the Tulane School of Medicine, the LSU School of Medicine, TMC, LCMC Health and Roche Diagnostics. March 31, 2020, Tulane News
Why Won’t the Federal Government Release Immigrant Children?, Professor Laila Hlass of Tulane School of Law tells Slate there is no reason for immigrant children to be detained in jail settings in the first place, and the coronavirus threatens to turn detention centers into a “tinderbox scenario.” March 31, 2020, Slate
New Orleans’ ‘Let the good times roll’ now ‘Wash your hands’, Richard Oberhelman, chair of Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, says Mardi Gras could have created the perfect breeding ground for COVID-19. March 22, 2020, AP News
The Single Most Important Lesson from the 1918 Influenza, John Barry, an adjunct professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and author of The Great Influenza: the story of the deadliest pandemic in history, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times. March 17, 2020
Letters: Improve paid sick leave to better protect from viruses, Dr. Katherine Theall, professor in the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences department and Director Mary Amelia Women’s Center, and Phyllis Raabe, Adjunct professor of the department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, co-wrote an opinion letter to the Baton Rouge Advocate, March 11, 2020
The 1918 flu pandemic, a cautionary tale, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s John Barry discusses the flu of 1918 and how information about it was disseminated at the time. March 8, 2020.
Can this virus be contained? Probably not.John M. Barry is the author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” and adjunct faculty at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, January 31, 2020.