COVID-19: Expert Review of Relevant and Emerging Literature

COVID-19: Expert Reviews of Relevant and Emerging Literature2020-08-17T11:22:55-04:00

Combatting COVID-19 Misinformation

The majority of communication-related articles this week focus on the effects of COVID-19 misinformation and offer recommendations for addressing it.

Duration and determinants of SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses in individual healthcare workers

MUST READ POLICY PIECES: This week, the New Yorker published “The Plague Year” by Lawrence Wright, a tour-de-force piece of reporting on the nation’s pandemic response. Having read a great deal of policy-related reporting on the outbreak, I believe this piece (along with this thread of 10 pieces by The Atlantic’s Ed Yong) could serve as the Covid-19 epidemic’s version of The Swine Flu Affair report, which was published two years after the 1976 Swine Flu epidemic and its associated, highly flawed vaccine rollout. You also may find of interest Yong’s look at what’s to come

Viral Load and COVID-19

Researchers very recently released two studies—both generating a lot of attention—providing new evidence on the role of in-person schooling in community spread of COVID-19. This emerging research advances our collective understanding of schools and COVID-19 spread as the most rigorous efforts to date to establish a causal link between school reopening mode and COVID measures. Both studies find similarly little to no relationship between in-person schooling and COVID-19 health outcomes at low pre-existing levels of community cases. With high community case rates, however, in-person schooling does contribute to increases in COVID-19 health measures.

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When making a sword, quenching meant you were hardening the steel while tempering removed a controlled amount of that rigidity or hardness to make it more flexible and resilient. COVID-19 has been the tempering process for data visualization and analytics. We have spent decades preparing and building capabilities for data visualization and analytics, and frequently those solutions were not flexible. That effort helped us be ready to take the next step in our evolution as a nation. Over these last months we began rolling out new tools that made it easier than ever before for you, an individual,

COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Young Adults

Effectiveness of Baricitinib and Remdesivir in COVID-19 Treatment

Messaging Strategies

This week, WISE Indiana’s own Dr. Ross Silverman and an interdisciplinary team of researchers at IUPUI explored the use and effectiveness of metaphors when describing the COVID-19 vaccine. From war to travel to even gaming, the researchers noted that the metaphoric description of risk and the proposed solution to mitigate that risk must match. They urge political leaders, health care providers, and the media to be cautious with their metaphor use because metaphor “fit” is crucial to effectiveness.

This week’s post focuses on schools as a source of free- and reduced-price meals for children, and the disruption the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on that function, just as families with children are facing increased levels of food insecurity.

Innovation in Feeding School Children

Tailoring Messages to Specific Population Needs

As the fall term of the 2020–21 school year draws to a close, the evidence on students’ academic progress amidst pandemic disruptions and on COVID spread in schools is mounting.

Learning Losses

Sociodemographic Characteristics

This retrospective time series analysis examined health services inequalities among the elderly population residing in urban and non-urban areas in Florida.  Specific health services factors analyzed in the study were emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19.  Patient records were used as the primary source of data.  Adjusted incidence of COVID-19 cases and associated rates of the health services factors were calculated using both logistic and Poisson regression models.  Below are the key findings:

COVID-19 Vaccines & Distribution Strategies

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