Healthcare | Research + Perspectives for the Pandemic
EDUCATION | SCIENCE WRITERS
Undark, the acclaimed magazine from our Knight Science Journalism Program, provides ongoing, in-depth journalistic coverage by science writers on SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Economist Jeffrey Harris delivers his findings in a preprint paper
As The Washington Post has reported, "at the heart of the dismal US coronavirus response" is a "fraught relationship with masks." With this series of commentaries, MIT faculty explore the myriad historic, creative, and cultural meanings of masks. One common denominator: that in this pandemic era, wearing a mask means: "I care about you."
THE MEANINGS OF MASKS
"In this pandemic era, what a mask really says is, ‘I care about YOU.’ The mask indicates that you are protecting the health of others during a crisis."
THE MEANINGS OF MASKS
"The mask is one of the most important human artifacts in all of anthropology. It is a tool of transformation that allows its wearers to transcend themselves, taking on timeless roles in ritual dramas, and as actors in a broader social drama."
The new Covid19 Evidence Portal synthesizes rigorous research across health, education, and the social safety net to provide recommendations to state and local leaders responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ECONOMIC IMPACTS + HEALTHCARE ETHICS
New Paper: In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rationing of medical resources has become a critical issue. Nearly all existing triage protocols are based on a priority point system, in which an explicit formula specifies the order in which the total supply of a particular resource, such as a ventilator, is to be rationed for eligible patients.
KSJ Fellow Anil Ananthaswamy writes in The Boston Globe that "We have to ensure that contact-tracing methods that compromise our privacy don’t become the norm."
HEALTH + ECONOMIC IMPACTS | TELEMEDICINE
SHASS News: Physician and MIT economist Jeffrey E. Harris shares insights on healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic and the vital role of telehealth.
HEALTHCARE + ECONOMIC IMPACTS
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has organized an ongoing, evolving response to the Covid-19 pandemic. See initiatives for off-cycle funding rounds for Covid-related research projects.
ECONOMIC IMPACTS + HEALTH
In Governing magazine, MIT health economist Amy Finkelstein writes the economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic is making benefit programs more important than ever.
ECONOMIC IMPACTS | HEALTH POLICY
On Boston Public Radio, Gruber warns that without federal intervention the lack of economic productivity due to workers missing work could lead to a chain of events that ripples through the economy.
HEALTH | ECONOMIC IMPACTS
MIT professor of economics Amy Finkelstein has changed what we know about Medicaid, Medicare, the economics of health care — and, increasingly, medical care itself.
HEALTHCARE + HEALTH ECONOMICS
In a new working paper, Professor of Economics Jeffrey E. Harris writes that New York City’s multi-tentacled subway system was a major disseminator – if not the principal transmission vehicle – of coronavirus infection.
CIVIC PERSPECTIVES | HEALTHCARE
The administration has all the authority it needs to produce medical supplies and prepare for a potential vaccine, argues James E Baker in a recent New York Times opinion piece.
HEALTH | VIRUS ORIGINS
In Scientific American, Wuhan-based virologist and KSJ alumna Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there
HEALTHCARE | STAY AT HOME
Stay at home. This is a disruption unlike anything since "at least the Civil War."
HEALTHCARE | TRUSTED INFORMATION
Study finds that in Liberia, trusted volunteers limited damage from Ebola by distributing information within their own communities.
HEALTHCARE | TRUSTED INFORMATION
In Forbes: Study by Lily L. Tsai, Ford Professor of Political Science and head of the MIT GOV/LAB, and Benjamin S. Morse, a PhD candidate at MIT Political Science, finds that in Liberia, when many did not believe Ebola information from the corrupt government, trusted community volunteers could limit damage from Ebola by distributing information to neighbors.
HEALTH AND MEDICINE | PUBLIC HEALTH
Culturally aware approaches lead to more effective medical interventions.
ECONOMIC IMPACTS | HEALTHCARE POLICY
Federal Reserve Bank Interview Finkelstein's gift for combining data and theory has revealed subtleties of economic behavior that long eluded the profession. And she’s applied this talent to improve understanding and policy in health insurance — one of the most complex, expensive and contentious areas of public discourse.
HEALTH CARE | EQUITY
3 Questions with political scientist Andrea Campbell
Healthcare is both a political and a technical issue
"Any initiative to address health and health care goals must wrestle with and address the enormous disparities that exist in health coverage, access, and outcomes across racial and income groups in the United States. It’s as if poor or black Americans are living in a different country, and in terms of poverty, health insurance, and health care access, effectively they are. This is a political and social problem as much as a technical one."
MIT SHASS News: What do you see as the ideal situation for vaccination and public health, and what efforts do you think will be involved in getting closer to that condition?