Public Health

COVID-19 checkup

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives and a physician, gave an update on the pandemic during a Perry World House virtual earlier this week. He says summer is a good time to open up in stages but cautions about fall.

Kristen de Groot

Alex Chen’s lessons from Ebola

Alex Chen, a doctoral candidate in anthropology, studies emerging disease preparedness, and how air and airflow is the most powerful tool against disease.

From Omnia

In the News

The New York Times

Cancel sleep away camp

Jill M. Baren of the Perelman School of Medicine and a Columbia University colleague wrote an op-ed proposing the cancellation of summer camps. “Camps are primarily in rural communities where an increasing number of COVID-19 cases are now emerging,” they write. “That local rise in cases increases the risk of transmission into camps, which could overwhelm already fragile hospital systems.”


The New York Times

There are 3 things we have to do to get people wearing masks

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences, Lyle Ungar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and PIK Professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel wrote an op-ed about how best to persuade people to wear protective face masks. “It’s not too late to apply three basic principles from behavioral science: make it easy, understood, and expected,” they write, “and we’ll soon see face masks everywhere, saving lives.”


Boston Globe

Colleges plan for on-campus classes, even as scientists warn of risk for COVID-19

Kevin Volpp of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on the decision to reopen college campuses. “It is a risk-benefit equation,” he said. “It’s impossible to make this zero risk.”



Cruelty to poor is the moral hazard

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education wrote about Republican resistance to increasing food stamp allowances. Americans “take care of each other, so we can care for ourselves,” he wrote. “Shame on anyone—from any party—who forgets that.”



The CDC is a national treasure. Why is it being sidelined?

Jennifer Prah Ruger of the School of Social Policy & Practice wrote about the continued relevance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Penn is training dogs to sniff out COVID-19 in humans

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the Working Dog Center’s efforts to train dogs to detect COVID-19 in humans. “Basically, we are looking at urine samples. We are hoping to look at saliva and breath samples as well,” she said. “We are going to tell basically if there is an odor excreted in these samples.”