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.

June 2020 media mentions

 
Trending Globally

How Racism, Economic Inequality, and Coronavirus Intersect with Dr. Ashish Jha

Trending Globally | June 4, 2020:
Dr. Ashish Jha, incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health explores the ongoing collision of systemic racism, coronavirus, and economic catastrophe.

 
 
The New York Times

The C.D.C. Waited ‘Its Entire Existence for This Moment.’ What Went Wrong?

The New York Times | June 3, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha on the poor performance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 
 
Advisory Board

60,000+ nursing home residents—and 34,000+ staff—have tested positive for the new coronavirus

Advisory Board | June 2, 2020:
This article draws on data collected from the Shaping Long-term Care in America Project being conducted at Brown's Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and supported, in part, by the National Institute on Aging.

 
 
The New York Times

Monster or Machine? A Profile of the Coronavirus at 6 Months

The New York Times | June 2, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha uses a baseball analogy to explain where we are with the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
Washington Post

More than 25,000 nursing home residents and 400 staff have died during pandemic, federal report shows

Washington Post | June 1, 2020:
This article draws on data collected from the Shaping Long-term Care in America Project being conducted at Brown’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and supported, in part, by the National Institute on Aging.

 
 
The Public's Radio

Protesting in the age of coronavirus. What's the risk?

The Public's Radio | June 1, 2020:
This interview with Associate Professor of Medicine and Behavioral and Social Sciences Philip Chan highlights the potential impact of protests on efforts to contain COVID-19.

 
 
CNN

The protests are raising fears of a spike in coronavirus cases

CNN | June 1, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney discusses racism in medicine and COVID-19.

 
 
CBS Sacramento

George Floyd Protests Raising Fears Of Spike In Coronavirus Cases

CBS Sacramento | June 1, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney discusses racism in medicine and COVID-19.

 
 
Catholic News Agency

Religious freedom foes seek to leverage coronavirus controversies

Catholic News Agency | June 1, 2020:
Timothy Flanigan, a Catholic deacon and professor of medicine and health services, policy and practice, helped develop a set of guidelines and recommendations on how churches might start safely reopening and urged churchgoers to follow CDC guidelines.

 
 
The New York Times

U.S. Sends Two Million Doses of Hydroxychloroquine to Brazil

The New York Times | May 31, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha urged protesters to take protective measures against coronavirus.

 
 
The New York Times

Will Protests Set Off a Second Viral Wave?

The New York Times | May 31, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha on how arresting, transporting or jailing protesters increases the potential for the virus to spread.

 
 
CNN

Coronavirus, Protests Roil The Nation

CNN | May 31, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney and Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and the incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health, appeared on this episode of Inside Politics to discuss racism in medicine and COVID-19.

 
 
Stat

Don’t use ‘deaths of despair’ as rationale for reopening the country too soon

Stat News | May 31, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney co-authored this op-ed arguing that tying deaths of despair directly to measures being used to reduce the spread of Covid-19 is wrong.

 
 
The New York Times

Its Coronavirus Caseload Soaring, India Is Reopening Anyway

The New York Times | May 29, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha on the difficulties of social distancing in India.

 
 
Catholic Sentinel

Some experts split from Fauci on Holy Communion recommendation

Catholic Sentinel | May 29, 2020:
Timothy Flanigan, a Catholic deacon and professor of medicine and health services, policy and practice, helped develop a set of guidelines and recommendations on how churches might start safely reopening and urged churchgoers to follow CDC guidelines

 
 
Telegraph (India)

Covid-19, lockdown & the world after the virus

Telegraph (India) | May 28, 2020:
Ashish Jha, incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health, appeared in a web series featuring former Indian Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

 
 
Forbes

Gowns 4 Good: Your Graduation Gown Repurposed As PPE

Forbes | May 28, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney is mentioned in this article for her work with #GetUsPPE and drawing attention to the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals nationwide.

 
 
The Public's Radio

How Alexander-Scott emerged as a rock star in RI state government

The Public’s Radio | May 28, 2020:
Before leading the R.I. Department of Health, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott finished a four-year combined fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at Brown, received a master’s degree in public health from Brown, and became an assistant professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School.

 
 
Financial Times

US relaxes rules for opioid substitutes during lockdowns

Financial Times | May 28, 2020:
Associate Professor of Epidemiology Brandon Marshall offered commentary on "the epidemic within the pandemic."

 
 
The Hindu

A full lockdown is damaging, says Rahul Gandhi

The Hindu | May 27, 2020:
Ashish Jha, incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health, appeared in a web series featuring former Indian Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

 
 
LiveMint

We are entering the age of pandemics: health experts to Rahul Gandhi

LiveMint | May 27, 2020:
Ashish Jha, incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health, on the need for aggressive, customised testing strategy.

 
 
Aleteia

Infectious disease expert supports federal guidelines on reopening churches

Aleteia | May 27, 2020:
Timothy Flanigan, a Catholic deacon and professor of medicine and health services, policy and practice, helped develop a set of guidelines and recommendations on how churches might start safely reopening and urged churchgoers to follow CDC guidelines.

 
 
The New York Times

On Politics: Biden Ventures Out

The New York Times | May 26, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha on state and federal government responsibilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
CNN

What we know — and still don’t know — about the coronavirus

CNN | May 26, 2020:
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney offered insights into the knowledge we have — and don't have — about COVID-19.

 
 
Newsweek

As Wuhan Tests Millions to Prevent Second Wave of Coronavirus, Doctors Warn U.S. Is Not Prepared

Newsweek | May 26, 2020:
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney testified before congress on the need for funding to fight the coronavirus.

 
 
NM Political Report

What parents should know about coronavirus as kids return to babysitters, day cares and camps

NM Political Report | May 26, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha on the dearth of research about coronavirus in children.

 
 
The New York Times

Fear of Covid Leads Other Patients to Decline Critical Treatment

The New York Times | May 25, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown’s Mindfulness Center, offered commentary on why anxiety and uncertainty prompt irrational decisions — like turning down a transplant when an organ becomes available.

 
 
The New York Times

‘This Is Not the Hunger Games’: National Testing Strategy Draws Concerns

The New York Times | May 25, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha on coronavirus testing.

 
 
GoLocalProv

Brown Alpert Medical School’s Ranney on What We Know - And Don’t Know - About Coronavirus

GoLocalProv | May 25, 2020:
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney offered insights into the knowledge we have — and don't have — about COVID-19.

 
 
The Providence Journal

Dr. Megan Ranney: A list of what we “do and don’t yet know about #COVID19.”

The Providence Journal | May 25, 2020:
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney offered insights into the knowledge we have — and don't have — about COVID-19.

 
 
Catholic San Francisco

Follow CDC guidelines for group gatherings, Catholic doctor says

Catholic San Francisco | May 24, 2020:
Timothy Flanigan, a Catholic deacon and professor of health services, policy and practice, helped develop a set of guidelines and recommendations on how churches might start safely reopening and urged churchgoers to follow CDC guidelines.

 
 
The Associated Press

CDC, States’ Reporting of Virus Test Data Causes Confusion

The Associated Press | May 24, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha on difficulties in interpreting coronavirus data from the CDC and from the states.

 
 
Daily Mail

Trump administration is not requiring nursing homes to share how many senior citizens died from COVID-19 before May 8 - meaning the total figure will be tens of thousands lower

Daily Mail | May 23, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Vincent Mor offered commentary on the difficulties researchers will face in getting answers about what factors were associated with coronavirus cases in nursing homes, as well as what strategies were effective in stemming its spread.

 
 
The New York Times

What Role Should Employers Play in Testing Workers?

The New York Times | May 22, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha on the relative importance of coronavirus testing in different workplaces.

 
 
Medpage Today

House Members Concerned About PPE Supplies, China’s Role in COVID-19

Medpage Today | May 22, 2020:
Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney offered commentary on #GetUsPPE and the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals nationwide.

 
 
Legal Reader

Escaping COVID Quarantine Could Mean Criminal Charges

Legal Reader | May 22, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown’s Mindfulness Center, offered commentary on why anxiety and uncertainty might make people feel the need to violate quarantine.

 
 
Wall Street Journal

Nursing Homes Don’t Have to Report Pre-May Covid-19 Deaths to U.S. Officials

Wall Street Journal | May 21, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Vincent Mor offered commentary on the difficulties researchers will face in getting answers about what factors were associated with coronavirus cases in nursing homes, as well as what strategies were effective in stemming its spread.

 
 
Huffpost

Experts Worry Trump’s Hydroxychloroquine Claims Could Have Major Consequences

Huffpost | May 21, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney on the side effects of hydroxychloroquine.

 
 
PBS Newshour

Congress Hears Tales of Front-Line Workers Risking It All

Courthouse News Service | May 21, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney on the importance of testing patience for COVID-19.

 
 
PBS Newshour

Essential workers testify on effect of COVID-19 pandemic

PBS Newshour | May 21, 2020:
In a U.S. Congress briefing held virtually, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney urged federal lawmakers to ramp up the manufacturing and distribution of personal protective equipment for essential workers and health care professionals on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 
Associated Press

‘Invisible demon’: Virus hits even top-rated nursing homes

Associated Press | May 21, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Vincent Mor offered commentary on how research indicates the numbers of nursing home residents testing positive for the coronavirus and dying from COVID-19 are linked to location and population density — not care quality rating.

 
 
Alexander City Outlook

Infection control experts take tour of Chapman Healthcare

The Alexander City Outlook | May 20, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Vincent Mor on the relationship between the size of long-term care facilities and coronavirus transmission.

 
 
Rhode Island Catholic

U.S. Catholic Bishops recommend limiting participants, following health guidelines in reopening public Masses

Rhode Island Catholic | May 20, 2020:
Timothy Flanigan, a Catholic deacon and professor of medicine and health services, policy and practice, helped develop a set of guidelines and recommendations on how churches might start safely reopening.

 
 
KTAR

Three free months of virtual anxiety help now available for all Arizonans

KTAR News | May 20, 2020:
BCBSAZ is providing all Arizonans with 90 days of free access to Unwinding Anxiety, an anxiety-management app developed by Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown's Mindfulness Center.

 
 
World Atlas

Six Reasons Self-Isolation Is So Difficult For The Average American

World Atlas | May 19, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at the Brown Mindfulness Center, offered commentary on how, during times of stress, many people react with rebelliousness.

 
 
Good Morning America

Katy Perry surprises doctor and mom of two

Good Morning America | May 18, 2020:
During a segment of “Good Morning America,” Katy Perry joined the Zoom call with T.J. Holmes to surprise and offer praise to Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney.

 
 
Fox Business

Coronavirus sees these states lead working from home drinking

Fox Business | May 18, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown’s Mindfulness Center, provided commentary on why people are more likely to drink during catastrophic events.

 
 
Psychology Today

Antibody Testing Isn’t a Reason to Take Risks

Psychology Today | May 18, 2020:
This column references tweets by Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and the incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health.

 
 
MSNBC

Trump says that virus testing may be ‘overrated’

MSNBC | May 15, 2020:
Dr. Ashish Jha, incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health, appeared on “Morning Joe” to discuss President Trump’s commentary that COVID-19 testing efforts may be overrated.

 
 
Boston Globe

As calls for release continue, extent of coronavirus outbreaks behind bars remains unclear

Boston Globe | May 15, 2020:
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine Jody Rich provided commentary on why aggressive coronavirus-testing efforts in jails and prisons is crucial for ending the pandemic.

 
 
MassDevice

Study: PPE shortages persist nationwide

MassDevice | May 15, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney offered commentary on #GetUsPPE and the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals nationwide.

 
 
Raw Story

Trump flunked ‘Disease Outbreak 101’ by questioning need for COVID-19 tests: public health expert

Raw Story | May 15, 2020:
Dr. Ashish Jha, incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health, discusses President Trump’s commentary that COVID-19 testing efforts may be overrated.

 
 
Boston Globe

The science behind why some people are eating their way through the pandemic

Boston Globe | May 12, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown’s Mindfulness Center, provided commentary on how food affects emotion.

 
 
Bloomberg Law

Wariness Greets Talk of Reopening Nursing Homes to Visitors

Bloomberg Law | May 13, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Vince Mor offered commentary on COVID-19 in nursing homes.

 
 
Quartz

Can symptom surveys predict the next Covid-19 hotspot?

Quartz | May 12, 2020:
Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences Philip Chan offered commentary on symptom-tracking tools.

 
 
McKnight's Long-Term Care News

New guidelines for protecting residents cover airborne transmission protocol

McKnight's Long-Term Care News | May 12, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice David Dosa helped develop new COVID-19 preparation guidelines emphasizing stringent infection prevention and control to reduce mortality risk among eldercare community residents and staff.

 
 
Hartford Courant

State plans to test all nursing home patients for the coronavirus by the end of May

Hartford Courant | May 11, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Vince Mor spoke at an Alliance for Health Policy webinar on Friday about COVID-19 in nursing homes.

 
 
McKnight's Long-Term Care News

‘The only hope we have is for testing,’ top nursing home analyst says

McKnight's Long-Term Care News | May 11, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Vince Mor spoke at an Alliance for Health Policy webinar on Friday about COVID-19 in nursing homes.

 
 
The Week

All ill, No will

The WEEK | May 10, 2020:
Associate Professor of Epidemiology Mark Lurie on Trump’s decision to freeze funding for WHO.

 
 
The Washington post

The pandemic exposed a painful truth: America doesn’t care about old people

The Washington Post | May 8, 2020:
This column references a previous interview with Ashish Jha, the incoming dean of Brown's School of Public Health.

 
 
WKRN

Opioid crisis sees impact of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee

WKRN | May 8, 2020:
Associate Professor of Epidemiology Brandon Marshall will be a presenter during a webinar that’s part of the 2020 Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health Virtual Annual Meeting.

 
 
New England Journal of Medicine

The Urgency of Care during the Covid-19 Pandemic — Learning as We Go

New England Journal of Medicine | May 7, 2020:
A research paper by Joseph W. Hogan, Constantine Gatsonis: Physicians caring for patients with Covid-19 are faced with important therapeutic choices. Should they use widely available agents such as hydroxychloroquine or azithromycin?

 
 
Providence Journal

Brown undergrad organizes Community For COVID, giving students across U.S. a chance to help during the pandemic

Providence Journal | May 7, 2020:
Undergraduate student Maddie McCarthy launched Community for COVID, an organization aimed at enlisting undergraduates at Brown and elsewhere in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. McCarthy's mentor is Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney, who provides commentary in this article.

 
 
WFAE Charlotte

North Carolina’s Coronavirus Testing Rate Is One Of The Worst In Nation

WFAE Charlotte | May 6, 2020:
Associate Professor of Epidemiology Mark Lurie offered commentary on COVID-19 testing in North Carolina.

 
 
Washington Post

Arizona halts partnership with experts predicting coronavirus cases would continue to mount

Washington Post | May 6, 2020:
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Josiah Rich provided commentary in this article.

 
 
The New York Times

Open States, Lots of Guns. America Is Paying a Heavy Price for Freedom.

The New York Times | May 5, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney on similarities between lockdown protests and the debate on gun violence.

 
 
HuffPost

Rand Paul Says He’s Immune To COVID-19 Despite Lack Of Research

HuffPost | May 5, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney provided commentary on research surrounding COVID-19 immunity and the need to wear a mask.

 
 
MedicineNet

Healthcare Workers Have Virtual March for PPE

MedicineNet | May 5, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney helped lead a nationwide "virtual march" today to demand adequate supplies of personal protective equipment.

 
 
The New York Times

Don’t Skip Vital Care, Babies’ Shots, Doctors Warn

WebMD | May 5, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney on how the Coronavirus pandemic is causing people to delay or avoid getting regular health care.

 
 
WPRI

U.S. Bishops’ Conference releases recommendations on how to safely reopen churches

WPRI | May 5, 2020:
Timothy Flanigan, a Catholic deacon and professor of health services, policy and practice, helped develop a set of guidelines and recommendations on how churches might start safely reopening.

 
 
Mac Observer

Assoc. Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Jud Brewer – TMO BGM Interview

Mac Observer | May 4, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of innovation and research at the Brown Mindfulness Center, appeared on this podcast episode to discuss mindfulness, breaking bad habits and how to cope with the isolation and stress of the pandemic.

 
 
NYTimes

The Covid-19 riddle: Why does the virus wallop some places and spare others?

The New York Times | May 3, 2020:
Ashish Jha, the incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health, weighs in on the spread of the coronavirus with a baseball analogy.

 
 
Medscape

‘Virtual March’ Demands Immediate Federal Action on PPE

Medscape | May 2, 2020:
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney helped lead a nationwide "virtual march" today to demand adequate supplies of personal protective equipment.

 
 
The Associated Press

Most states fall short of coronavirus testing thresholds

The Associated Press | May 2, 2020:
Incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health Ashish Jha on the relative dangers of opening up without enough tests.

 
 
Mind Over Money

Training Your Brain to Work For You with Dr. Jud Brewer

Medscape | May 2, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown's Mindfulness Center, appeared on this podcast episode to discuss everyday addictions and adjusting habits.

 
 
Brown

Brown COVID-19 Research Seed Fund Awardees

Research at Brown | April 30, 2020:
School of Public Health faculty researchers have received grants from the University’s new COVID-19 Research Seed Fund

 
 
STAT

We need the real CDC back, and we need it now

STAT | April 29, 2020:
Ashish Jha, the incoming dean of the Brown School of Public Health, penned this column arguing that one essential element is missing from the fight against coronavirus: strong, effective leadership from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 
 
Boston Globe

How to show care for older adults during social distancing

Boston Globe | April 29, 2020:
Robert Linscott, a mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor at the Brown School of Public Health, spoke about the experience of older adults right now, and how younger people can best support family and friends who might be isolated and hearing scary health news.

 
 
NYTimes

Rhode Island Pushes Aggressive Testing, a Move That Could Ease Reopening

The New York Times | April 28, 2020:
Associate Professor of Epidemiology Mark Lurie, incoming dean Ashish Jha, and director of the R.I. Department of Health Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MPH are quoted in this article on the aggressive coronavirus testing efforts in Rhode Island.

 
 
MSNBC

Dr. Ashish Jha: We must ‘gear up’ for a resurgence of coronavirus in the fall

MSNBC | April 28, 2020:
Incoming Public Health dean Ashish Jha tells MSNBC that the U.S. is still shut down because the Trump administration “failed to get coronavirus testing in place.”

 
 
NYTimes

We Can’t Police Our Way Out of a Pandemic

The New York Times | April 27, 2020:
Professor Brandon Marshall and Master’s of Public Health candidate Abdullah Shihipar provided commentary on punitive responses to COVID-19.

 
 
Government Accountability Project

Study Projects Significant Impact on Immigrants and Local Health Care if ICE Detention Populations are not Decreased

Government Accountability Project | April 27, 2020:
Brown Professor Jody Rich and researchers from four other institutions led a study estimating the number of COVID-19 cases within ICE detention facilities at varying levels of virus transmissibility, as well as the capacity of local hospitals to care for additional ICE detainee patients over 30-, 60-, and 90-day time horizons.

 
 
Providence Journal

Our Turn: Kaiya Letherer and Alice Hamblett: The ACI will become a coronavirus epicenter — Raimondo must act before it’s too late

Providence Journal | April 24, 2020:
Public Health graduate student Alice Hamblett co-authored this opinion piece about the spread of COVID-19 in prisons.

 
 
CNN Politics

Fact check: Trump dangerously suggests sunlight and ingesting disinfectants could help cure coronavirus

CNN Politics | April 24, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Megan Ranney offered commentary warning against Trump's suggestion that UV exposure and ingesting disinfectants could cure coronavirus.

 
 
National Catholic Register

COVID Ops: Catholics Battle Fear, Isolation, Coronavirus in US Hospitals

National Catholic Register | April 22, 2020:
Catholic deacon and Professor of Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Timothy Flanigan discusses the best ways, in matters of health and faith, to deal with COVID-19.

 
 
Jerusalem Post

Synagogues are planning for a socially distanced High Holidays

The Jerusalem Post | April 22, 2020:
Professor of Epidemiology Stephen Buka provided commentary on the factors that play into lifting restriction on in-person gatherings.

 
 
Teen Vogue

The Stress of Coronavirus Means We Should Get Rid of Grades and Use Universal Pass

Teen Vogue | April 21, 2020:
Abdullah Shihipar, a Master’s of Public Health candidate, penned this op-ed arguing that schools should move to a universal pass system to account for the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 
New York Times

Doctors and Governors Vie for Masks in Cloak-and-Dagger Deals

New York Times | April 20, 2020:
Professor Megan Ranney brings attention to shortages of PPE supplies in New England hospitals.

 
 
WPRI-TV logo

Harvard doc: RI farther on path to reopening than Mass.

WPRI-12 | April 20, 2020:
Ashish Jha, incoming dean of Brown’s School of Public Health, praised Rhode Island's coronavirus testing capacity and provided commentary on what's still needed to reopen the economy.

 
 
The CUT logo

Has the Coronavirus Peaked in the U.S.?

The Cut | Updated April 20, 2020:
This Q&A interview with Associate Professor of Epidemiology Mark Lurie focuses on "flattening the curve" and how epidemiologists track data and make predictions about a virus's peak.

 
 
WPVI-TV logo

How to decrease screen time while in quarantine during coronavirus pandemic

WPVI (Philadelphia) | April 18, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown’s Mindfulness Center, offered commentary on avoiding screen burnout while self-isolating.

 
 
Associated Press

No plan in sight: Test troubles cloud Trump recovery effort

Associated Press | April 18, 2020:
Professor Megan Ranney points out the inefficiencies and problems with coronavirus testing.

 
 
NYTimes

At least 14 N.Y. nursing homes have had more than 25 virus deaths

The New York Times | April 17, 2020:
Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice David Dosa provided commentary on nursing homes' response to COVID-19.

 
 
ABC-6

Latino community makes up 45% of coronavirus cases in R.I.

WLNE ABC-6 | April 17, 2020:
Professor Jasjit Ahluwalia, MD, of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown School of Public Health commented for this piece on the alarmingly high rates of COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island's Latino community.

 
 
KCUR

‘Finger Wave Queen’ of Kansas City, Kansas, is among residents being returned to COVID-19 infected rehab

KCUR radio | April 17, 2020:
Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice David Dosa provided commentary on the pressure to swiftly move COVID-19 patients through the health care system.

 
 
NPR

Coronavirus Panic: How To Get Your Thinking Brain Back Online

FiveThirtyEight | April 16, 2020:
In this podcast, Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown's Mindfulness Center, discusses what's going on in the brain when we're anxious, how to get our "thinking brains" back online, and how not doing anything can actually be helpful to those around us.

 
 
elconfidencial

How Trump’s ‘America First’ put the world on a plate for China (and the coronavirus)

El Confidencial | April 16, 2020:
Omar Galárraga, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice gives his views on Trump's recent WHO defunding.

 
 
The Marshall Project

Infected, Incarcerated—and Coming to an ICU Near You?

The Marshall Project | April 16, 2020:
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine Jody Rich provided commentary on the accreditation of prison health care facilities.

 
 
Detroit Free Press

Infection rate at Michigan prison exceeds New York, Chicago jail hot spots

Detroit Free Press | April 16, 2020:
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine Jody Rich provided commentary on the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons.

 
 
FiveThirtyEight

How COVID-19 Is Wreaking Havoc On Our Ability To Make Things — Including Vaccines

FiveThirtyEight | April 15, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney provided commentary on how COVID-19 has forced health care professionals to become supply chain experts on the fly.

 
 
The Appeal

A public health focus on coronavirus shouldn’t sideline overdose prevention efforts

The Appeal | April 14, 2020:
Associate Professor of Epidemiology Brandon Marshall and public health research assistant Jacqueline Goldman penned this column positing that recent successes in stemming the opioid crisis could be reversed if public health budgets are cut or the crisis is seen as secondary to the pandemic.

 
 
IFL Science

Hydroxychloroquine hype is dangerous, experts warn

IFL Science | April 14, 2020:
Professor Megan Ranney on hydroxychloroquine hype: “to tell Americans ‘you don’t have anything to lose,’ that’s not true. People certainly have something to lose by taking it indiscriminately.”

 
 
The Nation

These students took care of each other when their universities didn’t

The Nation | April 13, 2020:
Abdullah Shihipar, a Master’s of Public Health candidate, penned this column about student efforts nationwide to support fellow students during the pandemic.

 
 
Psychiatric Times

PsychPearls: Altruism During Self-Isolation

Psychiatric Times | April 13, 2020:
Jud Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown's Mindfulness Center, discusses the benevolent effects of altruism during the coronavirus pandemic and tools to cope with self-isolation.

 
 
Mother Jones

A Doctor on ICE’s Response to the Pandemic: “You Could Call It COVID-19 Torture”

Mother Jones | April 13, 2020:
This article highlights a letter Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Jody Rich co-authored and sent to federal lawmakers, warning that if ICE continues to hold migrants and transfer them between facilities, as is common practice, the agency could be contributing to the spread of the coronavirus.

 
 
Providence Journal

FBI Discovers Promised Stockpile of 39 Million Medical Masks Was a Scam

Newsweek | April 11, 2020:
Dr. Megan Ranney on price gouging of N95 masks.

 
 
Providence Journal

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott is leading Rhode Island’s fight against coronavirus

The Providence Journal | April 11, 2020:
Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MPH, director of the R.I. Department of Health, “embodies the ideal of public health: highly intelligent, focused, compassionate, strategic and extremely effective.”

 
 
Futurism

This Smart Ring Uses AI to Spot COVID-19 — Before Symptoms Begin

Futurism | April 11, 2020:
Professor of Epidemiology, Surgery and Medicine Simin Liu provided commentary on the need for aggressive symptom monitoring and the need to improve public health through doing more work concerning the validity and cost-effectiveness of new technologies.

 
 
Boston Globe

Rhode Island’s top doctor steps up to the podium amid the pandemic

The Boston Globe | April 10, 2020:
Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MPH, director of the R.I. Department of Health, has been standing alongside Gov. Gina Raimondo during each day’s televised updates on the coronavirus crisis, providing the latest data on deaths, positive tests, and hospitalized patients.

 
 
CGTN

U.S. needs practical solutions to tackle COVID-19, without haste

CGTN | April 10, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney provided commentary on the side effects of hydroxychloroquine and criticized Trump's touting of the drug.

 
 
Capital & Main

Immigrants in Detention Centers ‘Sitting Ducks’ For COVID-19

Capital & Main | April 10, 2020:
This article highlights a letter Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Jody Rich co-authored and sent to federal lawmakers, warning that if ICE continues to hold migrants and transfer them between facilities, as is common practice, the agency could be contributing to the spread of the coronavirus.

 
 
Ladders

Brown researchers say this could really help with physician burnout

Ladders | April 9, 2020:
This article discusses Unwinding Anxiety, an app developed by Jud Brewer, director of research innovation at Brown's Mindfulness Center, that may help soothe physician burnout.

 
 
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The Psychological Reason Why Some People Aren’t Following COVID-19 Quarantine Orders

Forbes | April 8, 2020:
Professor Jud Brewer shares several reasons why people aren’t staying home right now.

 
 
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COVID-19 could wreak more havoc on Asia than the West (Vietnamese language)

VNExpress | April 8, 2020:
Professor Mark Lurie expressed concern with the situation in Mumbai city of India, where there are many slums of poor people. Lurie said that the densely populated population would make it difficult for policies to isolate communities. Globally, Lurie assesses the number of infections that surpassed one million in April 3 as a “grim moment.” He predicts the actual case is much higher than official statistics because countries do not have enough testing equipment or patients “do not yet qualify for testing.”

 
 
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“This is the most distressing, anxiety-producing and exhausting thing that most of us have ever been through.”

CNN Newsroom | April 6, 2020:
ER physician Dr. Megan Ranney on working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
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Conversations on COVID: Flattening the curve in jails and prisons

News from Brown | April 6, 2020:
Stemming the tide of COVID-19 cases in jails and prisons isn’t just about protecting those who are incarcerated; it’s also about saving the lives of those living outside prison walls, says Brown professor Josiah Rich.

 
 
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How We Get Our Lives Back

Wall Street Journal | April 6, 2020:
Incoming School of Public Health dean Ashish Jha says people likely won't see Red Sox games this year but “we can get 90% of our lives back if we have a really well-deployed testing infrastructure in place.”

 
 
NYTimes

Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine

The New York Times | April 5, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney provided commentary on the side effects of hydroxychloroquine and criticized Trump’s touting of the drug.

 
 
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This Mindfulness App Could Provide Relief For Anxiety And Burnout Among Physicians

Thrive Global | April 5, 2020:
This article discusses Unwinding Anxiety, an app developed by Jud Brewer, director of research innovation at Brown’s Mindfulness Center, that may help soothe physician burnout.

 
 
NYTimes

Peaks, Testing, Lockdowns: How Coronavirus Vocabulary Causes Confusion

The New York Times | April 3, 2020:
Professor Mark Lurie points out that the meaning of pandemic statistics may vary from place to place and from time period to time period.

 
 
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Alabama prisons hold more than 1,100 older people at greater COVID-19 risk

Southern Poverty Law Center | April 2, 2020:
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Jody Rich provided commentary about the risks coronavirus poses to the incarcerated population.

 
 
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‘Worry About Tomorrow, Tomorrow’: Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty

Elemental | April 2, 2020:
Jud Brewer on how to balance planning for the future with the uncertainty we all face.

 
 
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Effective Options for Quitting Smoking During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Global Health NewsWire | April 2, 2020:
This article discusses Unwinding Anxiety, an app developed by Jud Brewer, director of research innovation at Brown's Mindfulness Center, that may help soothe physician burnout.

 
 
OneZero

How to Stop the Coronavirus Social Media Anxiety Spiral

OneZero | April 1, 2020:
Director of Research and Innovation at Brown's Mindfulness Center Jud Brewer provided guidance on maintaining mental health during a pandemic.

 
 
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Want to help save hospitals from being overwhelmed? Fill out that medical directive now

The Washington Post | April 1, 2020:
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice Megan Ranney co-authored this column arguing that, now more than ever, medical directives about end-of-life care are essential.

 
 
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The Front Line: Why has U.S. become the new COVID-19 epicenter?

CGTN | April 1, 2020:
Dr. Megan Ranney, a practicing emergency physician and researcher at Brown University, said that she is predicting the need of a million ventilators across the United States, while the current stock is around 160,000.

 
 
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Why Panic Buying Is Not Actually Helpful

Readers Digest | March 31, 2020:
Dr. Jud Brewer on how uncertainty can fuel anxiety.

 
 
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Emergency doctor warns costs for masks ‘have gone up by 10 to 20 times’ amid coronavirus pandemic

Newsweek | March 31, 2020:
Dr. Megan Ranney has warned that the costs of basic personal protective equipment for medical professions have surged amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the price of masks has “gone up by 10 to 20 times.”

 
 
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COVID-19 could peak in RI by mid-April, epidemiologists say

WPRI | March 31, 2020:
Brown has partnered with the state Health Department to develop state-based modeling for COVID-19 projections. Professor of Epidemiology Stephen Buka provided commentary on the modeling and reiterated that its accuracy will depend on accurate and repeated testing, along with stringent isolation and social-distancing measures.

 
 
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When will the coronavirus peak in the U.S.?

The Cut | March 31, 2020:
Q&A interview with Associate Professor of Epidemiology Mark Lurie focuses on "flattening the curve" and how epidemiologists track data and make predictions about a virus's peak.

 
 
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The Impact of COVID-19’s Closure of Meal Sites on Older Adults

Milbank Memorial Fund Blog | March 30, 2020:
Professor Kali Thomas and doctoral student Emma Tucher explain the importance of congregate meals to seniors and how states can use relief funds to minimize the social and nutritional impacts of the coronavirus

 
 
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Flattening the curve: A look behind the numbers and what’s next for Utah and the nation

Deseret News | March 28, 2020:
A good overview of the current coronavirus situation with a Utah perspective and expertise from Professor Mark Lurie.

 
 
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Feeling anxious during coronavirus? Here are ways to cope

Boston Herald | March 28, 2020:
Jud Brewer on how to manage anxiety during the pandemic.

 
 
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Shelter in place? How the COVID-19 pandemic creates challenges for harm reduction work

Marshall Research Lab | March 27, 2020:
Alexandra Collins, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Epidemiology, writes about the challenges community-based harm reduction organizations face amid shelter-in-place directives.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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."

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

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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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."

 
 
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Coronavirus Concerns: Should you stop going to the gym?

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

 
 
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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.

 
 
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How to protect yourself against the coronavirus

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

 
 
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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.

 
 

School of Public Health Coronavirus Symposium

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

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.