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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
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
COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Young Adults It has been shown that age and comorbidity influence outcomes of those hospitalized with COVID-19.  Specifically, older patients are more likely to experience severe adverse effects of the disease and numerous studies have corroborated this.  Read More
COVID-19 Vaccines  The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine received an Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for use in adults. On Saturday, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which offers guidance to the CDC concerning vaccine policy, unanimously 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
Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Receives Emergency Use Authorization & ACIP Use Recommendation for People age 16 and older On Friday, December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a Covid-19 Vaccine Read More
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 A new report from McKinsey & Company, released Read More
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 Read More

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