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COVID-19



  • Give Kids the "Summer Slowdown" They Need

    by David M. Perry

    Many parents, teachers and academics included, may wonder what they can do to fix the damage of COVID on kids' emotional health. The author suggests considering doing little. 



  • What the Pandemic Has Stolen from Black America

    Longtime DC activist Howard Croft died from COVID complications in June 2020. His surviving relatives found a trove of papers and artifacts about civil rights struggles in the District and beyond, but feel the lack of his voice to explain what the pieces mean. 


  • Paying People to Get Vaccines is an Old Idea Whose Time has Come Again

    by Margaret DeLacy

    John Haygarth devised a system for rewarding working-class residents of Chester for receiving the risky smallpox inoculation and maintaining social distance afterward. The effort was largely superseded by the more effective and safer Jenner vaccination, but was a foundational public health experiment that pays dividends today.



  • How Cruelty Became the Point of Our Labor and Welfare Policies

    by Gail Savage

    The persistence of Malthusian thinking in social welfare debates is leading to policies that create needless suffering and a corrosion of the common bonds of humanity that sustain a society.



  • Biden Will Allow Undocumented Students To Access Pandemic Relief

    by Sarah R. Coleman

    The reversal of the Trump administration's exclusion of the undocumented from aid programs helping students meet basic needs is one step toward reconsidering the connection between immigration policy and the American social safety net, where students have often been on the front lines. 



  • Anti-Vaxxers are Claiming Centuries of Jewish Suffering to Look like Martyrs

    by Sarah E. Bond

    "Anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers would have us believe that the evil of being encouraged to get a vaccine is the same as the project of ethnic labeling and cleansing undertaken by the Third Reich. It appears at first a farcical analogy, but it’s not without its dangers."



  • Breaking Evangelical Resistance to Coronavirus Vaccines will be Hard

    by Matthew Avery Sutton

    COVID vaccination documents are the latest phenomenon that Evangelicals have integrated into an apocalyptic reading of scripture. This means up to a quarter of the US population may need extensive convincing to take the vaccine. 


  • COVID Protesters Must Stop Exploiting Symbols of the Holocaust

    by David M. Perry

    "We all need to keep asserting basic truths: vaccinations are safe, public health measures are often complicated and require tradeoffs that we need to be transparent about, and these people cosplaying Holocaust victims are dangerously trivializing the history of the Holocaust."



  • Fauci Donates Model to Smithsonian’s COVID-19 Collection

    Dr. Anthony Fauci's model of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been a prop in numerous informational sessions since the beginning of the pandemic. Now, the plastic germ will reside in the Smithsonian's collections. 


  • Teaching: More Pandemic-Driven Innovations Professors Like

    "The themes running through all of these innovations are flexibility and engagement: The more ways in which people can participate in the classroom, contribute to discussions, and share their ideas, readers found, the more learning improves."



  • How US History Explains Vaccine Passport Skepticism

    Opposition to requiring documentary proof of vaccination to participate in some activities is rooted both in the weak traditions of public health in the United States and legitimate fears that such "passports" will work to disadvantage the poor, minorities, and others who are less able to access vaccination.