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public health



  • Last Week Tonight: The World Health Organization

    The weekly comedy-investigative program includes an assessment of the World Health Organization's past work eradicating disease in the developing world and the Trump administration's attacks on the agency (includes some vulgar language and jokes).



  • What Fans of "Herd Immunity" Don't Tell You

    by John M. Barry

    Prolonged isolation measures to fight COVID-19 do cause harm--social, emotional, and economic. But advocates of "herd immunity" are not offering a practical or safe plan to protect the vulnerable if the virus spreads on a mass scale. 



  • In Fights Over Face Masks, Echoes of the American Seatbelt Wars

    The fight over seatbelt laws in the United States was fraught with trying to strike a balance between individual and public interests. Those concerns have also been reflected in similar matters of health and safety, including vaccinations, helmet laws — and masks.


  • An Open Letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci

    by Martin Halpern

    A history professor who also has a background in public health research urges Dr. Anthony Fauci to resign so that he can freely speak out about the Trump administration's response to the COVID pandemic. 



  • Fearing a Fear of Germs

    by Heather Murray

    Will responses to the Coronavirus, like early public health steps taken in response to HIV, foster suspicion and mistrust? 


  • "Follow the Science," but Explain and Apologize

    by Susan M. Reverby

    Governments need to establish trust so that their public health announcements are credible and persuasive, but have undermined that trust by conducting ethically questionable studies. A model of apology is part of the solution. 



  • When 194,000 Deaths Doesn’t Sound Like So Many

    by Rebecca Onion

    Historian Jacqueline Wernimont explains that the rise of quantification helps to obscure the human beings behind the numbers and makes the COVID-19 toll seem more acceptable. 



  • The Dark Side of Campus Efforts to Stop COVID-19

    by Grace Watkins

    While colleges have a legitimate interest in suppressing virus transmission on campus, it is dangerous to expand the surveillance powers of campus police. 



  • The Summer Sun Didn’t Stop Covid-19. Here’s Why.

    by Janet Golden and Christian Warren

    The misguided hope that the summer sun would stop COVID-19 in its tracks is one of a long series of claims made about the health benefits of the sun. They all reflect how magical thinking can leap into the gaps of scientific certainty.