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Dr. Ashish Jha talks increase in COVID cases

The dean of the Brown University School of Public Health shares what to know to stay safe amid a summer wave of COVID-19 cases and the new strain circulating.
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New York Times

How Scared Should You Be of Bird Flu?

How worried you should be about H5N1, the bird flu virus spreading on dairy farms in the United States, depends on who you are. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described the current H5N1 risk to the general public as low. The risk that the virus poses is tempered by the fact that it doesn’t spread easily among people — yet.
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No one knows when the next pandemic will sweep across the United States. It could be bird flu, or an as-yet unknown infection. But after living through the Covid-19 pandemic, which claimed more than 1 million American lives, left more than 300,000 children orphaned, and shut down workplaces and schools, U.S. citizens should demand that the nation does better next time.
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Outside a farm in Michigan in early May, an RV pulled up and parked. Registered nurse Aracely Nerio and others helped set up a canopy, where nearby farmworkers could find shade or bottles of water, and check their blood pressure and glucose levels. Health care is often out of reach for these laborers.
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News from SPH

Humans in Public Health: H5N1 Bird Flu

In this special bonus episode of Humans in Public Health, we talk with Professor Jennifer Nuzzo, director of the Pandemic Center at Brown University, about the rising concerns about bird flu in the United States.
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A Texas dairy worker has tested positive for the avian flu, marking the first identified human case of an illness in the U.S. that has sickened cattle across several states over the past few weeks.
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News from SPH

The Promise and Challenges of Dual Vaccination

Four years out from the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, a new study explores the extent to which COVID-19 and influenza vaccines are being distributed and employed simultaneously, particularly among high-risk populations.
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Americans who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to stay in isolation for five days, U.S. health officials announced Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its longstanding guidance, saying that people can return to work or regular activities if their symptoms are mild and improving and it’s been a day since they’ve had a fever.
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News from SPH

Behind the Lectern: Jennifer Nuzzo

An expert on global health security, public health preparedness and response, and health systems resilience, Jennifer Nuzzo DrPH, is professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health where she directs the Pandemic Center. We spoke to her about pandemic proofing the future, and how Brown is uniquely positioned to make impact in the field.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may soon drop its isolation guidance for people with COVID-19. The planned change was reported in The Washington Post on Tuesday, attributed to several unnamed CDC officials.
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Time Magazine

What It Will Take to Avoid a Tripledemic This Winter

Over the coming months, more than 100,000 Americans will likely die, mostly unnecessarily, from respiratory infections. Yes, that is the reality we are now facing this fall and winter—and likely every fall and winter for the foreseeable future. Unless we act.
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COVID cases are on the rise and this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that anyone who is six months or older get the new COVID-19 vaccines. Health reporter Lynn Arditi talked about the new vaccines with Doctor Ashish Jha, former White House COVID advisor and current dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.
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New York Times

Vaccines for Fall: a guide to fall vaccine shots

If you’re 60 or over, “you don’t want to get into November without having an R.S.V. vaccine,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the former White House Covid adviser and current dean of Brown University’s public health school.
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Given the late summer wave of COVID infections, you might have questions about how best to protect yourself and others. In The Boston Globe, Professor Jennifer Nuzzo tackles one of the most pressing issues: When should you get your next shot?
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With an updated vaccine, readily available testing, and successful treatments, Dean Ashish Jha writes that COVID-19 isn't the disruptive force that it once was: "The virus no longer needs to reorder our lives and our priorities."
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The Atlantic

How to Lose a Century of Progress

Professor Craig Spencer writes that Americans have been too quick to condemn the field of public health, overlooking its massive achievements in the 1900s and also during the recent pandemic.
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Where does COVID-19 fall among the deadliest viruses of all time? Professor Jennifer Nuzzo breaks down the ways we measure the danger of a virus, as well as the factors that made COVID different from previous outbreaks.
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News from SPH

Meeting the Moment

In tackling monkeypox head on, Brown faculty members bypass the ivory tower in favor of the streets.
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News from SPH

Pandemic-Proofing the Future

The Brown School of Public Health launches a new center dedicated to studying and preparing for pandemics.
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“Every country, whether they have a case or not, is stepping up to do the things that are necessary for containment: vaccinating populations at risk, making testing widely available, investing in therapeutics,” says William Goedel, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at the Brown University School of Public Health
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