Tagged: COVID-19

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Hobby School of Public Affairs Surveys Texans on Opinions of Winter Storm and Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

In an attempt to understand the impact that Winter Storm Uri had on Texas, the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs conducted a survey of adults living in the 213 counties served by the Texas Electrical Grid. The survey gathered information on Texans’ experiences during the storm, as...

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WHO: A Study of SARS-CoV-2 Origins in China

In WHO-convened Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part released by the World Health Organization (WHO), SARS-CoV-2 surveillance data and virus cases reported in China are analyzed as far back as late 2019. Specifically, surveillance of morbidity due to pneumonia in and around Wuhan. Molecular sequence data suggests the...

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National Strategy Needed to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation and Disinformation

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has released National Priorities to Combat Misinformation and Disinformation for COVID-19 and Future Public Health Threats: A Call for a National Strategy. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a dangerous influence of health-related misinformation and disinformation. The abundance of access-enabling technology such as social...

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World Happiness Report 2021

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network has released the World Happiness Report 2021.  While it is their ninth World Happiness Report, this piece is unlike any other due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world.  Using the Gallup World Poll as the foundation, this report examines...

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Coronavirus Relief Fund for Counties Around the Nation: A Review

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 included the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), which gave immediate financial assistance to state and other local governments.  The National Association of Counties (NACo) petitioned the National Academy of Public Administrators (NAPA) to conduct an independent review of...

Masked protestors hold up signs that say, "No Covid Vaccine" and "Wake up America" showing their distrust in the government and public health decisions

Origins of Institutional Distrust and COVID Vaccine Disinformation

In their report, A Contagion of Institutional Distrust: Viral Disinformation of the COVID Vaccine and the Road to Reconciliation, the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), along with Rutgers University, delves into mapping out where disinformation originates and why there is distrust about the COVID-19 Vaccine and coinciding health policy mandates...

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In Focus: Disaster Fatigue

New In Focus now available on the Disaster Fatigue. A collection of resources focused on disaster fatigue of first responders. Described by Fresno County Director of Behavioral Health Dawan Utecht, “Disaster fatigue is a term used to really describe a collision of many disasters.” Back-to-back crises can lead to the decomposition...

FEMA Community Vaccination Centers Playbook Update

As of February 2021, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has claimed over 500,000 American lives.  While mitigation efforts such as social distancing and masks are effective preventative tools, the widespread administration of COVID-19 vaccines remains critical in the battle against this pandemic. FEMA  recently released their updated  Vaccination Centers Playbook with...

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Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race

In a recently released report from the DFRLab of the Atlantic Council of the United States, researchers analyzed the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disinformation being spread about the disease. Titled Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race, the study “focuses...