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January 2021

New Orleans’ historic architecture is uniquely suited to pandemic living
National Geographic

“Early Louisiana home designs aimed to maximize ventilation mostly for the purposes of everyday comfort, especially in summer,” says geographer and author Richard Campanella, associate dean for research at the Tulane School of Architecture.

It’s back to school — again — for many of Minnesota’s youngest students
MPR News

A study out of Tulane University found hospitalizations did not go up when schools welcomed students back in person — as long as hospitalization rates were already relatively low.

High Demand For COVID-19 Vaccine Strains Health Departments In South
NPR

The state-by-state approach breeds confusion and mistrust, says Thomas LaVeist, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. He says it's not surprising that states are overwhelmed with such an enormous mission.
 
Walter Isaacson on how to navigate current political situation
CNBC

Walter Isaacson, history professor at Tulane University, says what we’re seeing in politics is unprecedented. He also talks about how mRNA vaccines are a breakthrough for the future of medicine.

Can ‘Covid Counseling’ Save Your Relationship?
Glamour

“It took you how long to get into the issue with your marriage? It's not going to take two hours to get out of it,” says Candice Beasley, doctor of social work, a clinical assistant professor at Tulane University, and practicing couples counselor.

Report: COVID-19 in communities of color could cost Texas $2.7 billion in excess medical spending
Houston Chronicle

“It’s not consistent with the values of society,” said Thomas LaVeist, the dean of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and a co-author of the report.
 
COVID cases among teachers appear to be rising. What does that mean?
Chalkbeat

“One possibility is that, as more elementary schools reopened, more elementary teachers got sick as a result. Another possibility is that as more elementary schools reopened, elementary teachers were especially likely to get tested at the first sign they were feeling sick,” said Douglas Harris, a Tulane University researcher who recently published a national study on schools and COVID spread.

Number of Districts Safe for In-Person Learning Shrinking, New Study Suggests
The 74 Million

“As of mid-December … 58 percent of counties were below that threshold, so in the safe zone,” Douglas Harris, a professor at Tulane University who co-authored the study, told The 74.
 
Newell: Biden admin to shake up US vaccination strategy - will it work?
Radio.com

Newell invited Dr. Thomas A LaVeist onto the program Monday to discuss. Dr. LaVeist is the Dean of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

US faces spread of UK coronavirus strain, raising stakes for vaccine distribution
Washington Examiner

“I think if it were a bigger driver of the current surge in various parts of the country, we would have found more cases,” said Susan Hassig, an epidemiology professor at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Tulane University designated to distribute COVID-19 vaccine
AP News

“As the largest private employer in New Orleans, allowing us to participate in the distribution of the vaccine helps to make the entire community safer,” Tulane President Michael Fitts said.

The question we want to ask is not whether we open schools but when
Yahoo! Finance

Engy Ziedan, Tulane professor and healthcare economist joins the Yahoo Finance Live panel to discuss the report on the effects of school reopenings on COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Where Is It Safe To Reopen Schools? New Research Offers Answers
NPR

Their findings tell two different stories, says Engy Ziedan, a Tulane economist on the team. First, for communities where hospitalization rates were already relatively low, "when [schools] opened in-person or hybrid mode, we did not see increases in hospitalizations post-re-opening."
 
As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, medical students help with inoculations
AAMC

At Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, volunteer coordinator Christina Thomas had dozens of students eager to work on the rollout’s first shifts. “It’s been so hard as we’ve watched the front-line workers taking the brunt of the pandemic. We’ve wanted to help, but we don’t have enough clinical experience,” says the second-year student.
 
Coronavirus, vaccine, revenue remain college football concerns as rocky season comes to end
USA Today

“We have at least as difficult a six months ahead as what we just experienced,” Tulane athletics director Troy Dannen said.

As Virus Surges, New Studies Suggest Warning for School Reopening
The Intercept

One of the studies, published Monday by two economists and one epidemiologist at Tulane University, looked at the effects of school reopening on Covid-19 hospitalization rates.

Do schools spread COVID? It may depend on how bad things already are around them
Chalkbeat

“It appears that, when hospitalizations rates are low, it is safe to reopen schools in person,” said Douglas Harris, a professor at Tulane University who co-authored one of the studies, which examined national data.

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