COVID-19: Expert Review of Relevant and Emerging Literature

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

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

The prevalence of mental health issues usually increases during times of crises and uncertainty and the current pandemic hasn’t proved otherwise.   This article states that a Medline literature search was conducted in late September and this search resulted in over 23,000 articles related to COVID-19 with over 1,400 of the articles that addressed Health Psychology.  Research related to stress and psychological distress has dominated the COVID-19 literature.  Highlighted below are groups of the population that are most vulnerable to mental health consequences.

Pre-Existing Mental Illness

This week, we revisit some recurring topics as more evidence emerges on important questions of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected student learning and the labor force participation of mothers of school-age children.

Learning Progress in the Time of COVID-19

Specific Messaging Strategies to Increase Preventive Behaviors

This week, the New York Times reported how effective health messages cannot simply focus on telling people what not to do, but they also must tell people what they can realistically do to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Drawing from the field of psychology, researchers recommend offering practical messaging that reduces risk while keeping in mind the social nature of humans. Specifically, they recommend to:

Indiana University’s mitigation testing strategy has been one of the major reasons why many students, faculty, and staff have been able to return to offices, dorms, and classrooms this fall.  The WISE Indiana team recently sat down with Erika Cheng, PhD, MPA, the Deputy Director of Mitigation Testing for IU’s COVID-19 Medical Response Team to learn about IU’s decision to return to campus this fall, and why the mitigation testing has been so successful.

As we settle back into our desk chairs after a holiday week, it’s important to note that we are headed into the 10th month of this pandemic. These 10 months have created a dramatic shift in our daily lives and our work lives. Another demographic that has seen major changes are college students. WISE Indiana wanted to explore how exactly the pandemic has affected the traditional college experience. We had the opportunity to sit down with two Indiana University students for them to tell us about their experiences during the pandemic. These two students were Student A, a sophomore female

This week’s post focuses on recent research on the role of school closures as a non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) in curbing COVID-19 spread, and survey results from educators on how the pandemic has shaped and shifted teaching and learning.

School Closures and COVID Spread

A new study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour is garnering a lot of attention. The authors explore relationships between various NPIs and infection rates, and find school closures are one of the strategies most associated with curbing COVID-19 spread. The authors say:

COVID-19 Vaccine

Multisystem Imaging Manifestations of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages and many government officials and school administrators are making tough decisions about in-person schooling, some new summaries characterize the risk of COVID spread in schools, and new evidence on the early childhood care and education sector has emerged.

COVID Spread in Schools

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