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

Resource Allocation

This article by Ehmann et al. provides operational recommendations to address resource allocation during a public health emergency. The recommendations were developed through a consortium of five health systems in Maryland, representing over half of all hospital in the state. Building on the foundation of existing ethical guidance, the recommendations focus on practical application. Finding that no single algorithm was universally applicable for all resource types, the authors include operational algorithms for several different potentially scarce resources:

This week’s articles explore hesitancies towards vaccines and other COVID-19 preventive behaviors and communicative strategies for encouraging uptake of these actions.

Expanding Vaccine Administration Work Force

One major impediment to research on the relationship between K-12 schooling modes and COVID-19 health metrics—and to better understanding the effects of schooling modes on many outcomes of interest—is the lack of comprehensive, detailed data on school operations and policies. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently announced a systematic effort to collect representative data on the status of in-person learning. On the heels of President Biden’s Executive Order on school and childcare operations, the survey is intended to provide data to support safe school reopening and continued operations, and to inform future policies

Vaccination, Quarantine & Travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its Interim Clinical Considerations to address what those who have been fully vaccinated should do in cases when they have been exposed to the virus. According to the CDC:

Vaccinated people with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

Age Structure and Policy

This week’s review will be more roundup than blog post, pointing you to new studies, analysis, and essays from the past week:


Risk Factors

Persistent Post-COVID Syndrome (PPCS)

As school district administrators and policymakers turn to planning for the future, they are increasingly focused on potential interventions for remediating learning and developmental setbacks due to pandemic-caused schooling disruptions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication

Using Communication in Multiple Ways During the Pandemic

In this commentary, the authors reviewed recent literature about the health effects of quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many of the effects may be negative, communication channels can help to re-establish social relations that may be weakened by isolation. Technology, cyberspace, the Internet, and virtual social networks have altered cultural values of family and relationships, but effective communication using these tools can help establish social connections that may have been lost with the lack of face-to-face communication.

Sequelae in adults six months after COVID infection

Vaccination Allocation & Equity

This will be another big week for vaccine policy, law, and ethics.

Mental Health

The national conversation over K-12 schooling in the context of the pandemic continues fervently, including then President-Elect Joe Biden’s December pledge to reopen most school buildings for in-person instruction as swiftly as possible. New evidence from parent surveys provides an updated snapshot on how current schooling modes match parent preferences, and the CDC released much-anticipated updated guidance for the safe return to in-person schooling.

Parent Perspectives on Schooling

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