School of Public Health Experts on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Local, national, and international news media have been calling on experts from the School of Public Health to speak on topics related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below is a selection of articles and videos featuring our faculty.


A global view of the coronavirus pandemic

Trending Globally | March 25, 2020:
Professor Mark Lurie talks with host Sarah Baldwin about the underlying issues of the coronavirus pandemic: how the virus spreads, what can be done to slow it down, and the different ways it's being treated by countries around the world.


Assisted living and Covid-19: the next Kirkland might not be a nursing home

STAT News | March 25, 2020:
Professor Kali Thomas and colleagues argue that, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts are needed to ramp up infection control in assisted living facilities to protect their nearly 1 million residents from an outbreak.

The Takeaway

In Africa, number of reported coronavirus cases is on the rise

WNYC's The Takeaway | March 19, 2020:
Mark Lurie, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University’s School of Public Health on how the pandemic is playing out across the region, what this outbreak means for existing public health crises there, and more.

Boston Globe

The view from an R.I emergency room: “We can barely keep up”

Boston Globe | March 19, 2020:
Dr. Megan Ranney, associate professor of emergency medicine and health services, policy and practice, on the challenges faced by emergency rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic.

News from Brown

Health care experts issue recommendations for COVID-19 stimulus bills

News from Brown | March 18, 2020:
Dr. Megan Ranney, an associate professor of emergency medicine and health services, policy and practice at Brown, coauthored recommendations detailing a set of public health and financial measures to combat the historic health crisis.

Washington Post

We must release prisoners to lessen the spread of coronavirus

The Washington Post | March 17, 2020:
Opinion piece by Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Josiah Rich: "Authorities should release those who do not pose an immediate danger to public safety, while also reducing arrests and delaying sentencings."

30,000 leagues

Special Edition: What we know about coronavirus, with Dr. Philip Chan

30,000 Leagues Podcast
Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dr. Philip A. Chan on the coronavirus.

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Managing anxiety under COVID-19

WNYC's All of It | March 17, 2020:
WNYC's Alison Stewart spoke to Professor Jud Brewer of the Brown Mindfulness Center about managing COVID-19 anxiety.

Washington Post

Jails and prisons suspend visitation to keep coronavirus from spreading

The Washington Post | March 17, 2020:
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Josiah Rich provided commentary on the unique risk coronavirus poses to the incarcerated population.


Coronavirus health care costs: 4 big questions about paying for COVID-19 care

MoneyWise | March 16, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Dr. Megan Ranney offered commentary on how the costs of getting tested for coronavirus could increase risk.

Infection Control Today

Long-term care facilities particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 (and criticism)

Infection Control Today | March 16, 2020:
Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice David Dosa; Professor of Medicine Stefan Gravenstein; and Adjunct Professor of Medicine Kerry LaPlante authored and article detailing how COVID-19 will disproportionately hit nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

NY Times

A brain hack to break the coronavirus anxiety cycle

The New York Times | March 13, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown's Mindfulness Center, penned this opinion piece offering strategies on dealing with coronavirus anxiety.


The Guardian

Calls mount to free low-risk US inmates to curb coronavirus impact on prisons

The Guardian | March 13, 2020:
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Josiah Rich on coronavirus transmission in prisons.


Global health expert: Federal response to this has been 'so poor'

MSNBC "Morning Joe" | March 13, 2020:
Dr. Ashish Jha, incoming Dean of the School of Public Health, on Federal response to the pandemic.

NY Times

Coronavirus and the Isolation Paradox

The New York Times | March 13, 2020:
MPH student Abdullah Shihipar on "Coronavirus and the Isolation Paradox."


Coronavirus Concerns: Should you stop going to the gym?

WPRI | March 13, 2020:
Professor Angela Bengston on "Should you stop going to the gym?"

Huffington Post

Prisons are ripe for coronavirus outbreak. They’re not ready.

Huffington Post | March 10, 2020:
Professor Josiah Rich on the challenges faced by prisons amid the coronavirus outbreak.

NY Times

How deadly is coronavirus? What we know and what we don’t.

The New York Times | March 7, 2020:
Professor Mark Lurie on detecting and counting coronavirus cases.

NY Times

Nursing homes are starkly vulnerable to coronavirus

The New York Times | March 5, 2020:
Professor David Dosa on how the virus can spread in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The Cut

How to protect yourself against the coronavirus

The Cut | March 3, 2020:
Professor Mark Lurie on how to protect yourself against the novel coronavirus.

Providence Journal

Rhode Island prepares for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease now spreading across the globe

The Providence Journal | Feb 28, 2020:
Professor Mark Lurie on the challenges of understanding and predicting the virus’ course while we are in the middle of an epidemic.


School of Public Health Coronavirus Symposium

Brown University | Feb 12, 2020:
School of Public Health Coronavirus Symposium.


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Latest on Coronavirus -- Brown University Professor Phil Chan joins LIVE.

GoLocalProvidence | March 3, 2020:
Dr. Philip Chan with the latest on the Coronavirus response in Rhode Island.


What you need to know about coronavirus in RI

WPRI | February 28, 2020:
Director of the R.I. Dept of Health, Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott, MPH, and Professor Adam Levine, on how the coronavirus could affect Southern New England.