Inequities. COVID-19 global crisis. Global Health NOW: Return to Normalcy or ‘National Chickenpox Party’?; Caregivers of Children with Zika Feel Forgotten; and Heat Hot Spots
Oct 6, 2021
Pupils return to school at Copley Academy in
Stalybridge, England. September 9, 2021
Image: Anthony Devlin/Getty
Return to Normalcy or ‘National
has nixed school mask mandates, embracing a more laissez-faire
approach even as cases and COVID-related absences soar among
school-age children, The
New York Times reports.
officials say the numbers support the decision:
90% percent of the
8.4 million students in state-run schools are in class, and
schools are functioning close to normally.
cases are tracking several thousands lower than when schools
opened early last month—thanks largely to high vaccination
coverage among adults.
infections are rising fast among school-age children, and
COVID-related school absences rose 2 thirds in the last 2 weeks of
say kids are being exposed to a “national chickenpox party” sure to
result in infections, long COVID, and deaths. Others say the
government is right to prioritize a return to routine, according to
initiative reached 4.6 million children in ‘crisis within a crisis’
Masks. Sick Kids. Packed ERs. How One District’s First Four Weeks
of School Went Bad. – ProPublica
Wuhan were buying up coronavirus testing equipment
months before the first COVID-19 case was reported to the WHO in
December 2019; new
cyber-security data found Wuhan labs issued 135
contracts containing PCR equipment in 2019, up from 89 in 2018 and
72 in 2017. Newsweek
In the US,
massive employer demand for rapid COVID-19 tests is causing
shortages and driving up costs for state and local testing efforts
deemed crucial for surveillance; industry executives say ramping up
production could take months. Reuters Cause of
COVID toe? A new
study found that the mysterious condition, which causes
chilblain-like lesions on the toes and fingers and most often
affects children and teens, may be caused by the immune system
going on the attack to fight the virus. BBC
research—some tobacco industry-funded—indicating
smokers were somehow protected from severe COVID-19 gained
traction, and it wasn’t until last month that a large
UK study squashed that theory, finding that smokers were
80% more likely to be hospitalized than non-smokers. Bhekisisa
Covid-19 first struck: Analysis of the influence of structural
characteristics of countries - technocracy is strengthened by open
democracy – PLOS
says unvaccinated people are ‘dying unnecessarily’ from Covid as
hospitals fill – CNBC
Reports More Than 900 Coronavirus Daily Deaths in New Record – The
Chikwe Ihekweazu: “It’s a rare privilege” to lead new pandemic hub
Documentary Trailer: Don’t Shoot the Messenger – Vulture
Caregivers of Children with Zika
Brazil’s 2016 Zika outbreak, parents of babies born with the
syndrome stepped up to join studies.
they feel used, accusing researchers of failing to
communicate study results.
the rush to collect data, some researchers concede they fell short
on clearly explaining study limits, expectations, and results to
the researchers, the result is what is published in a well
qualified scientific journal or goes into their resume,” said
Soraya Fleischer, a University of Brasília anthropologist.
Families, meanwhile, need answers and help, or documentation to
Lesson Learned: Researchers
leading new studies must work harder to gain the trust of wary
A Model: Fleischer’s
team returned periodically to visit families, and
created a blog summarizing findings and short stories
aimed at busy parents.
Tips from Ethicists:
intelligence and contributions
studies publicly accessible
“It’s like we were lab rats. They come in nicely, collect
information, collect exams on the child, and in the end we don’t
know of any results,” said Rochelle dos Santos, mother of a child
in a Zika study.
Despite increased media coverage in recent years, fatal police
violence remains underreported in the US government’s vital
registration data, according to a new Lancet
study that offers revised estimates and a method to
remedy skewed numbers.
55.5% of all deaths attributable to police violence were not
Non-Hispanic Black people suffered the
highest mortality rate due to police violence, followed by
Researchers who’ve been compiling police violence data acknowledge
the holes left by relying on government figures: “Our
underreporting of police violence in the [Global Burden of Disease
Study] was both a cause and consequence of structural racism within
our institute and the field of public health, the same structural
racism that influences so many U.S. institutions, including law
write in Think Global Health.
Global Hot Spots
in major cities are exposed to deadly temperatures 3X more often
than in the 1980s—with cities in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle
East bearing the brunt, according to a new analysis of 13,000+
study combines the detailed observations of weather stations with
the global reach of satellites to give an unusually detailed look
at how rising temperatures impact city-dwellers around the world,
with an interactive
map showing hot spots.
India alone makes up more than half of the global increase
in urban heat exposure.
change is part of the problem—but so is poverty and explosive
population growth, and heat-absorbing urban concrete and pavement
also play a role.
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Nearly 1 in
4 young people feel hesitant about COVID-19 vaccination,
putting them at risk for severe disease.
How can public
health officials reach adolescents and young people?
What messages in social media and elsewhere
resonate with them?
How are journalists reaching younger
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