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This week’s post focuses on employment effects of pandemic-induced school closures, a topic covered previously in October and December posts. COVID-19 disruptions have created a difficult balancing act for working parents, and evidence shows that the challenges are particularly acute Read More
Resource Allocation and Social Inequities This article by Schmidt, Roberts & Eneanya critiques the use of facially neutral (or “colorblind”) criteria for the allocation of scarce resources such as ventilators. Such neutral frameworks are designed to maximize utility, typically lives Read More
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 Read More
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 Read More
Resource Allocation This article by Kerr & Schmidt provides a review of existing literature related to ventilator rationing protocols with a focus on disadvantaged populations’ views on appropriate principles. While the authors identified a large number of ventilator triage guidelines Read More
Resource Allocation The National Academy of Medicine joined eight other national organizations in calling for governors, state health departments, and health system partners to prepare for implementation of crisis standards of care (CSC) during COVID-19 surge. The NAM recommendation comes Read More
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 Read More
Disparities This article by Ogedegbe et al. examines racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 hospitalization and mortality among patients of a large New York City health system. Consistent with other existing data, this study found that Black and Hispanic patients were more Read More
CDC 10-Step Pandemic Policy Response Plan, Recommends Enforcing Mask Mandates On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control released a new, evidence-based “urgent battle plan” offering recommendations to local policymakers and public health agencies on how to respond to a COVID-19 Read More
Crisis Standards of Care This report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security analyses the experience of hospitals across New York City during the surge of COVID-19 patients in the city from April to June 2020 with a focus Read More

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