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"Socializing During Coronavirus: What to Know and How to Reduce Risks"

Teen Vogue interviewed Mienah Sharif (MPH '09, PhD '16), researcher at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health, about the lack of recreation resources for young people in many neighborhoods. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

We’re currently navigating a confusing landscape. The novel coronavirus has stayed with us through the start of summer, and states and individuals are reacting very differently to this reality. Tens of thousands of people joined recent public protests over police brutality, most of them wearing masks and taking precautions; stories have also proliferated of revelers contracting COVID-19 after maskless nights out at bars and parties. Some states that reopened early, like Florida and Arizona, have shut down bars and imposed new restrictions as infection rates soar.

Teen Vogue spoke to public-health experts about the best — and worst — social activities to engage in this summer as stay-at-home orders change, all the while considering that individual decisions impact the health of communities more generally.

“People are already making decisions about risks every day, regardless of where they live,” says Julia Marcus, an infectious disease epidemiologist and assistant professor of population medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Of course if their area is reopening, that might give them more options and more decisions to make about risks.”