Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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In Focus: Infodemic

New In Focus now available on Infodemic. A collection of reports focusing on the topic of infodemic, or the “over-abundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it” (WHO). Infodemic can also lead...

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Testing Blueprint: Opening America Up Again

The Trump Administration has released a new Blueprint for Testing Plans and Rapid Response Programs intended to help states implement testing programs laid out in the Opening Up America Again Guidelines. The blueprint describes general responsibilities of Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, in addition to the private sector and...

NIAID Strategic Plan to Combat COVID-19

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a new strategy outlining the institute’s plan for accelerating research to diagnose, prevent and treat COVID-19. As part of its mission, NIAID seeks to develop “safe and effective medical countermeasures that decrease...

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Disinfodemic: Sources and Targets of COVID-19 Disinformation

As the spread of COVID-19 continues to dominate global news sources, it is becoming clear that a parallel pandemic of mis- and disinformation has begun to erode public understanding of the crisis. In addressing this growing threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) described the disinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as...

Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors

National Governors’ Association has released Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors to help states navigate reopening in a way that maximizes the public’s health and well-being. The roadmap expands upon the recently released White House guidance “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again”, incorporating key considerations for governors...

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Senate Releases New Report on Russian Interference

The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the fourth report, “Review of the Intelligence Community Assessment,” on the Committee’s bipartisan investigation of Russian 2016 election interference. Led by the Committee Chairman Richard Buss (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA), the new volume analyzes highly sensitive sources, tradecraft,...

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Ethics of COVID-19 Response and the Way Forward

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University seeks to connect public health expertise to economic, legal, philosophical/ethics expertise. As such, the Center provides teaching and research about pressing ethical issues surrounding the global outbreak of COVID-19. In response to the pandemic, the Center established the COVID-19 Response...

Re-opening Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released recommendations on “Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I.” Recognizing that many areas of the United States might experience decreasing rates of COVID-19-related hospital admissions, CMS has revised the original recommendation to limit all non-essential care. Accordingly, CMS suggest...

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White House Guidelines for Opening American Economy

President Trump issued “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again,” a three-phased plan for reopening of the U.S. economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The approach draws from the advice of public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Primarily, the proposed steps assist state and local...

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FEMA Issues a Guide on Disaster Financial Management

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the “Disaster Financial Management Guide” to support state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions in obtaining necessary resources to establish efficient disaster financial management practices. The Guide identifies foundational Skills and Capabilities that are essential in successful response to emergency situations. Furthermore, the document...