Health Sciences

COVID-101: Medical students get a crash course in coronavirus

When physicians-in-training at the Perelman School of Medicine were sent home for remote work and virtual learning due to the pandemic, 80 fourth-year students immersed themselves in a crash course on COVID-19 virology, epidemiology, therapies, vaccines, and related topics.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Stress from COVID-19 has led to a surge in teeth grinding, dentists say

Thomas Sollecito of the School of Dental Medicine commented on teeth grinding during the pandemic. “The stress and distress of the world’s events will affect things like sleep and someone’s clenching and grinding,” he said. “If we’re constantly under that duress, the frequency and intensity of clenching and grinding is just going to continue.”


Business Insider

A Chinese city says it tested 3 million people for COVID-19 in 2 days, showing how much the U.S. and Europe still lag behind in testing capability

Carolyn Cannuscio of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on the U.S. ability to test for COVID-19. “We have a broken testing system, and that sets us up for failure in contact tracing because people are waiting so long to get their test results that we have missed a critical period for counseling those people to stay home and avoid infecting others,” she said.


The Hill

Advocates plead for housing aid as eviction cliff looms

Michael Levy of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the dangers posed by evictions during a pandemic. “Larger households are dangerous for infectious disease because you have more people so there's more avenues of ingress of the virus,” he said. “The worry was even a fairly modest change in the household size structure in a population could have kind of an outsized effect on an epidemic on a city scale.”


The New York Times

Can Trump really speed approval of COVID treatments?

Susan Ellenberg of the Perelman School of Medicine said she’d want to see clinical trial data before deciding whether to trust a coronavirus vaccine that was approved under Emergency Use Authorization. “If it looked to me like it was very effective, and I didn’t see any safety problems, then definitely,” she said. “I think I would recommend people getting it. I would get it myself.”


The New York Times

Why a hospital might shun a Black patient

Amol S. Navathe and Harald Schmidt of the Perelman School of Medicine proposed a more equitable payment model for hospital care. “Because a vast majority of programs that tie payment to cost and quality goals aren’t focused on disadvantaged populations, they create incentives for hospitals to avoid patients from these groups,” they wrote.