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FSPH In The News - for the week of April 26, 2020 - 12:00am

Week of: 
April 26, 2020 to May 2, 2020

FEATURES (COVID-19 broadcast)

COVID-19: Why coronavirus is more deadly, and more dangerous, than the flu

CNN (May 1) quoted Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, in a story on mortality rates of COVID-19 and the flu, contagion, and infections. “When you speak, sometimes you'll spit a little bit," Rimoin said. "You'll rub your nose. You'll touch your mouth. You'll rub your eyes. And then you'll touch other surfaces, and then you will be spreading virus if you are infected and shedding asymptomatically." The story also ran on KITV-TV (ABC affiliate, Honolulu), KAKE-TV (ABC affiliate, Cincinnati), WJW-TV (Fox affiliate, Cleveland), KTEN-TV (Texas), WKTV-TV (CBS affiliate, New York), and Explica.

COVID-19: Politics and pandemics are always related

MSNBC (April 30) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, on what needs to occur before a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available. "Politics and pandemics are always related. But we cannot have vaccines related to politics in terms of timing and how to get rolled out. We have to follow very serious, rigorous testing,” Rimoin said. “We cannot cut corners here."

COVID-19: Chinese study suggests men are more likely to die than women

CNN (April 29) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, on research that suggests the pandemic results in higher mortality among men than women. “In SARS and MERS we saw more cases in males than females and more severe cases,” Rimoin said. “Is this something that is behavioral? Is this something biological? Does it have to do with access to care? We see in many studies that men tend to access care much later than women do in certain situations.”

COVID-19: Los Angeles County program recognizes widespread testing is necessary

MSNBC (April 29, begins at 3:30) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, on the possible impact of Los Angeles County’s new county-wide testing program. “This is terrific news. What we really need is to have widespread testing,” Rimoin said. “This has been the thing that we’ve been looking for, and hoping for, for a long time. It’s important to test not just those individuals who are symptomatic, but also those who are asymptomatic.” The piece also ran on Yahoo News.

COVID-19: Entertainment industry support for UCLA Rapid Response Initiative

KNBC-TV (April 29, NBC affiliate, Los Angeles) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, in a piece about support from actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who both recovered from COVID-19. “They were just so gracious and so willing, and they immediately said `come take our blood, how can we help you’” Rimoin said. “Tom has been so vocal and supportive of our study in bringing so much attention to it, which is really helping us raise money to be able to continue the study … we’re all so grateful for them bringing awareness to what we’re doing.” Hanks and Wilson’s support was also reported by PopCulture and NewsOnMedia.

COVID-19: A deep dive on digital contact tracing

KPCC-FM (April 29, NPR affiliate, Los Angeles, starts at 22:30) interviewed Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, about multiple pandemic-related topics, including the theory and practice of contact tracing as a tool in fighting the pandemic. “It’s done by interviews of the person, who they’ve been in contact with, over the past week or couple of weeks,” Michels said. “This is a very labor intensive process.”

COVID-19: “Right now, we have no idea how many cases there are”

CNN (April 28) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, on what is needed before physical distancing can be relaxed. “We don't have enough testing in place,” Rimoin said. “Right now we have no idea how many cases there are, we don't have the contact tracing in place, we don't have testing in place, testing doesn't come back fast enough, the tests are not all validated, and the results are not always clear … this really needs to be resolved before we move forward.”

COVID-19: The U.S. does not have a national health insurance system

The BBC (April 28, starts at 2:52) interviewed Naderah Pourat, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor-in-residence of health policy and management and associate director of FSPH’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, on the U.S. health care system and employment-based coverage. Pourat said, “The U.S. does not have a national health insurance system, we have a patchwork of different insurance policies – that includes employment-based and public sources of coverage. Public sources of coverage are based on eligibility.”

COVID-19: Fielding School expert answers listeners’ questions

KPCC-FM (April 27, Los Angeles NPR affiliate, begins at 19:39) interviewed Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, on multiple questions related to the pandemic, including the risks of contagion, how to prevent infection, and the importance of physical distancing. “You become contagious the same day or the day after you become infected,” Michels said. “The problem is that people only become symptomatic four, five, or six days after, so you have a period of four or five days where you are contagious to others, but you don’t know you’re infected.”

COVID-19: UCLA epidemiology study focuses on health care workers

Fox News (April 26) interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, on a study she leads of Los Angeles health care workers and paramedics. “We have enrolled several hundred health care workers so far (and) we hope to have some preliminary results in the coming months,” Rimoin said. “The sooner we can really understand, (the) sooner we will able to have policies informed by science and we really need to understand this is a new virus, it’s totally new to humanity, so we can make all sorts of assumptions, but we don’t have answers yet.” The piece also ran on Yahoo News and MSN.

 

FEATURES (COVID-19 text and on-line)

COVID-19: These researchers aren’t waiting for COVID-19 answers, they’re finding them

The Los Angeles Times (May 2) quoted Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, in a piece by columnist Steve Lopez about the UCLA COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative, an epidemiological study of health care workers and firefighters in Los Angeles County led by Rimoin. “We have a moral duty” to protect those workers, Rimoin said. “The first thing about people on the front lines is that they’re terrified, they’re living in hotels, they’re making out wills, they’re living in garages not knowing about their status.” The column also ran on Yahoo News, and Rimoin’s work was referenced in related stories by the Butler County (PA) Eagle, the Wyoming Tribune, and UpNewsInfo.

COVID-19: Wide differences between—and even within—states play out regarding restrictions

The Wall Street Journal (May 1) quoted Dr. Jonathan FieldingUCLA FSPH distinguished professor-in-residence of health policy and management, about the decisions states are now making to reopen certain parts of their economies. “When you see examples of restrictions being relaxed, everyone else says, ‘Why not me?’” Fielding said. “That definitely makes compliance harder.”

COVID-19: “The entire concept of herd immunity assumes something about COVID-19 we don’t know is true”

The Los Angeles Times (May 1) interviewed Dr. David Eisenman, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor-in-residence of community health sciences and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, on the risks of pursuing a “herd immunity” strategy, especially since it is unclear if immunity to COVID-19 actually develops and lasts in those who have recovered from the disease. “We have huge inequities between rich and poor, black and white, and entire swaths of the country without insurance and access to doctors,” Eisenman said. “If we allow this disease to run through the population, it will no doubt take the poor and the most marginalized people in the society.”

COVID-19: Success of contact tracing in immigrant communities unclear

The Guardian (May 1) interviewed Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, on how California’s effort to use contact tracing in order to fight the pandemic may be received by the state’s immigrant communities. “The systematic biases in our society leave Latino workers most vulnerable to the coronavirus, (and) these are the people who are going to be hardest to contact trace,” said Hayes-Bautista, who added that immigrants worry that if they share information about their status and location, “it will come back to haunt them … it makes sense that people are scared.”

COVID-19: Asian Americans in Orange County are targets

The Orange County Register (May 1) interviewed Gilbert Gee, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of community health sciences, on bias and scapegoating of Asian Americans during the pandemic. “Racism can make people sick … as in, literally, sick,” Gee said.

COVID-19: The aftermath of Sacramento’s efforts to flatten the curve

The Sacramento Bee (May 1) extensively interviewed Gerald Kominski, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management senior fellow at FSPH’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research on the impact of the pandemic on the health care workforce in Sacramento. “A month ago, we were looking at and preparing for what would be the equivalent of a tsunami or a flood of possible admissions to hospitals all over the country,” Kominski said. “The flood has not been quite what we anticipated, which is good news, but the down side of that is you’ve got hospitals that have lost a lot of revenue.”

COVID-19: Quarantine drinking getting out of control?

Well+Good (May 1) interviewed Dana Hunnes, adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, on the importance of moderating alcohol consumption during the pandemic. “It is best to get approximately seven to nine hours of sleep depending on your body, and if you have alcohol in your system, you’re less likely to get REM, or regenerative sleep,” Hunnes said. “It takes approximately 1.25 hours for your body to process each drink, so if you have two drinks, it’s best to stop drinking at least 2.5 hours before bed.”

COVID-19: AIDS Healthcare Foundation support for UCLA Rapid Response Initiative

Yahoo Finance (May 1) reported on a $250,000 donation from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to support the COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative epidemiology study of healthcare workers, led by Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health. “We are providing an essential service to our health care heroes in L.A. and gathering research evidence that will inform important infection control and return-to-work policies regionally and across the country,” Rimoin said. “We are deeply grateful for AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s leadership gift to this critical study and excited to partner with them to protect our vulnerable health workforce and flatten the curve of this pandemic.” The donation was also reported by MyNewsLA, WorldNews, and the Odessa American (Odessa, Texas).

COVID-19: What will a ‘safe building’ mean in a post-pandemic world?

The Daily Commercial News (May 1) quoted Dr. Jonathan FieldingUCLA FSPH distinguished professor-in-residence of health policy and management, about a panel formed by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). “This timely effort will mine the scientific literature to identify enhanced opportunities for the built environment to improve population health,” said Fielding, a co-chair of the IWBI team.

COVID-19: “As we mull leaving lockdown, is Sweden’s model the way forward?”

Real Clear Politics (May 1) published a commentary by Christina Ramirez, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of biostatistics, giving perspective on how the results of Sweden's strategy regarding COVID-19 compare with some other European nations. “It is too early to make definitive judgments on the relative merits and risks of the different national approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ramirez wrote. “Furthermore, given differences in population composition, culture, health care infrastructure and other factors, successful approaches in one country or even one region might not enjoy equal effectiveness elsewhere.

COVID-19: Why we need more demographic data

MedicalXPress (May 1) published a Q&A with Ninez Ponce, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, on the need to collect data on underrepresented groups and what this means for navigating COVID-19 and future public health crises. “In a pandemic, we're all at risk, and timely access to health care is crucial in order to diagnose, control and treat patients affected by the disease,” Ponce said. “Like other public health crises, this one is testing the ability of our health care system to handle the heightened demand for services. It also ran on myScience.

COVID-19: A quick quarantine ‘glow up’ may be both unachievable and unhealthy

The Daily Bruin (May 1) interviewed William McCarthy, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, on the trend. “What you think of as yourself is really a super-organism that indeed contains human cells, but it also contains a lot of stranger cells (called) microbial cells that are not human,” McCarthy said. “No one has total control, because we are dependent. We are interdependent with these microbes and in fact with our fellow humans.”

COVID-19: Plans to feed older adults in California falling short

CalMatters (May 1) cited data from FSPH’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s California Health Interview Survey on the number of California’s seniors who qualify for Governor Gavin Newsom’s program for free restaurant meals per day. According to the data, 2.4 million may qualify, raising concerns for local costs and other state funding capabilities.

COVID-19: UCLA Fielding School of Public Health efforts spotlighted in ASPPH Friday Letter

The ASPPH Friday Letter (May 1) reported six items related to UCLA Fielding School of Public Health experts and the pandemic. Under “Preparedness and Response,” these included the April 24 Luskin Summit, Two Deans on the State of COVID-19, a discussion between UCLA Fielding School of Public Health dean and professor of biostatistics Ron Brookmeyer and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Gary Segura; under “Members in the News,” an op-ed by Brookmeyer, "Predictions about where the coronavirus pandemic is going vary widely. Can models be trusted?” in the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times interview of Dr. Marc Suchard, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of biostatistics; and under “Academic Resources and Tools,” the Breaking the Chain webpages, featuring the Spanish and Korean language materials; and under “Events,” the Letter listed the May 5 UCLA Fielding Focus Public Health in a Pandemic: COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations discussion series webinar, featuring four faculty members from the FSPH Department of Community Health Sciences, including associate professor Jessica Gipson; Linda Delp, director of the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program and adjunct associate professor; Chandra Ford, founding director of the UCLA Fielding School’s Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health and associate professor; and Randall Kuhn, associate professor.

COVID-19: “No good data” that UV in sunlight makes any difference in infection rate

The Los Angeles Times (April 30) interviewed Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, on whether the ultraviolet radiation from sunlight has a significant difference impact on infection rates. Most important, she said, is how many people are present and whether they can practice proper physical distancing. “People don’t stay apart enough,” she said, “and so that is also an argument to be a little concerned.” The story also ran in Yahoo News, the Bakersfield (CA) Californian, Lake Havasu (CA) News Herald, Hagerstown (MD) Herald-Mail, Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle, Finger Lakes (NY) Times, Walla Walla (WA) Union-Bulletin, Janesville (WI) Gazette, and Press Stories.

COVID-19: When will it be safe for fans to attend and teams to take the field?

The Los Angeles Times (April 30) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor-in-residence of epidemiology and community health sciences, on when the NCAA could start the college football season, using the Bruins’ scheduled season opener at the Rose Bowl August 29 as an example. Kim-Farley said the potential for another wave of infections is greater the larger the crowd, so capacities could be limited to lower the risk, venues could institute temperature checks to help minimize the spread of the virus, and the use of cloth face coverings should continue, Kim-Farley said. The story also ran in the Reading (PA) Eagle and Hastings (NE) Tribune.

COVID-19: Reopening California by summer will not be simple or quick

The Los Angeles Times (April 30) interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor-in-residence of epidemiology and community health sciences, on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan for reopening public spaces in California. Kim-Farley said a full re-opening may not be possible until 2021, although some loosening of the rules may come earlier, depending on the number of coronavirus cases. The story was also referenced by California Healthline.

COVID-19: UCLA expert speaks at North Coast virtual town hall

The Wild Rivers Outpost (April 30, Del Norte County, CA) reported comments by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology Dr. Timothy Brewer at a telephone town hall hosted by State Sen. Mike McGuire (Senate District 2, Northern California). Brewer cited the Japanese island of Hokkaido, which succeeded in bringing their caseload of 66 down to nearly zero, but relaxed their safety measures too soon, he said. “About three weeks after they did that, they saw a rebound in cases. At one month afterward they were (up) to almost 300 cases,” Brewer said. “As long as the virus is transmitting anywhere in the country, we are at risk.”

COVID-19: Most nutritious takeout options during a pandemic

Mel (April 30) interviewed Dana Hunnes, adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, on the best choices, from a nutrition standpoint, of common takeout food options. “All restaurant foods will have more salt than what you might make at home, thereby potentially decreasing their healthfulness,” Hunnes said. “I still like to recommend brown rice and vegetarian options wherever possible.”

COVID-19: How to handle the pandemic at work

The Los Angeles Times (April 29) interviewed Linda Delp, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health adjunct associate professor of environmental health sciences and director of the UCLA-Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, about workplace safety in the pandemic, including workers going to management as a group with concerns. “If there’s any overarching principle … it would be: Don’t go it alone,” Delp said. The story also ran on Yahoo Finance.

COVID-19: “Don’t endanger your friends and family. Patience please”

The Los Angeles Times (April 29) quoted Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, in a piece by columnist Steve Lopez about the continuing importance of social distancing. “As people begin to back off the isolation and social distancing now in place … we will see an increase in cases and in deaths,” Rimoin said.

COVID-19: Tom Hanks donates his plasma to UCLA

The Los Angeles Times (April 29) referenced Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, in a piece about actor-producer Tom Hanks’ support of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative epidemiology study of healthcare workers led by Rimoin. “Hey, folks, LA First Responders and Healthcare Workers need testing - are they safe to work or not? Data for research needs collecting,” Hanks tweeted. “UCLAFSPH is leading the way.” Similar items ran in LAist, People, Yahoo News, ENews, PageSix, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, the Solano (CA) Daily Republic, Pittsburgh Tribune-News, KARE-TV (NBC affiliate, Minneapolis) KSDK-TV (NBC affiliate, St. Louis), WINS-AM (New York), WTHR-TV (NBC affiliate, Indianapolis), WKMG-TV (Florida), GulfNews, The Dad, TDS, Technorati, Newsherder, BreakingNews, the Loop, CBR, Prevention, Honey Celebrity, AceShowBiz, the Evening Standard (UK), Bury Times (UK), ClickLancashire (UK) Celebrity News (Australia), Move Noticias (Brazil), Hello! (Canada), Kosmos (Germany), Teol (Hungary), Kumparan (Indonesia), the Irish Mirror, TicinoOnline (Italy), RTVSlovenija (Slovenia), ElConfidencial (Spain), NewsYakut (Russia), GossipVzla (Venezuela), 24 Emirates (UAE), and Today Line (Indonesia), among others.

COVID-19: Rising temperatures probably won't end the pandemic

LAist (April 29) interviewed Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, on the possibility that warm weather might weaken the virus. “Now, what we do know is that in the southern hemisphere, they also have the virus and they also have a problem. But in fact, they have less of a problem,” Michels said. “Now that may be due to the fact that they have other good strategies of containment. So that's why we are really uncertain."

COVID-19: We are at risk

The Eureka Times Standard (April 29) quoted UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology Dr. Timothy Brewer on how long the pandemic restrictions should remain in place. “So as long as this virus is transmitting anywhere in California or anywhere in the country, we are at risk,” Brewer said. “And so it will be important to stay in step with the rest of the state, and ideally the rest of the country, so we can all get through this together.”

COVID-19: We don't need a pandemic for people to breathe clean air.

E&E News (April 29) quoted Yifang Zhu, professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for academic programs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about improvements in air quality in southern California after the stay at home orders. "I don't want people to see this as a silver lining amid the pandemic. Clean air is everybody's right," she said. "We don't need a pandemic for people to breathe clean air. This should be the air we breathe every day."

COVID-19: The science behind the virus

The Daily Bruin (April 29) interviewed UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology Dr. Timothy Brewer about the science behind the virus, including the possibility of mutations. “And so the question is, will there be some meaningful mutation that either makes the virus more or less deadly, or more easy or less easy to transmit?” Brewer said. “That certainly is possible, but we haven’t seen any real evidence for that yet.”

COVID-19: Going forward — a US Perspective

The Hill (April 28) published a commentary by Dr. Jonathan FieldingUCLA FSPH distinguished professor-in-residence of health policy and management, on how the U.S. should go forward in responding to the pandemic. “Most critical is to not be ill-prepared for an epidemic with a novel pathogen and not mismanage the response. Thousands of lost lives could have been avoided by mounting a whole of government approach in a timely manner,” Fielding wrote. “It is tragic that our delayed, uncoordinated response provides so many examples of what not to do.” The piece was also referenced by Kaiser Health News.

COVID-19: The elderly in multi-generational households face higher risks

U.S. News & World Report (April 28) quoted Steven P. Wallace, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of community health sciences and associate director of FSPH’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, about the impact of the pandemic on aging first-generation Americans. “They're more embedded in their family networks, which is good – until you have an epidemic where being close to people increases your risk,” Wallace said. “And if you're low income, taking care of grandchildren in a two-bedroom house with five people, all of a sudden you've gone from a supportive family unit to a risky family unit." The article was originally produced by American Heart Association News, and run by the Fairfield (CT) Citizen, Medical Xpress, Medicine Net, HealthDay, and other outlets.

COVID-19: One automaker has had more deaths than the others

The Detroit Free Press (April 28) interviewed Julia Heck, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health adjunct associate professor of epidemiology, on differing mortality rates from the pandemic among employees of the Big Three automakers. Heck suggested it could stem from several factors, including whether those working at various plants differ in their average ages, the ratio of male and female workers, and the racial and ethnic background of workers. The story also ran on FenderBender.

COVID-19: What's the best way to prevent its spread?

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune (April 28) cited UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology Dr. Timothy Brewer on how to protect against the pandemic. Brewer said the precautions used to fight influenza are the same ones that people should be using to stave off coronavirus, including washing your hands regularly; covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze; and staying home from work or school when you’re sick.

COVID-19: Impact on vulnerable communities

Sojourner Truth (April 28) interviewed Chandra Ford, founding director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health and associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, on the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities. ”This is a reflection of historical racism, historical imperialism and ongoing racism and racialized dynamics,” Ford said.

COVID-19: What exactly is this disease?

Seekers “Sick!” podcast (April 28) interviewed UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology Dr. Timothy Brewer on how the pandemic compares to past outbreaks, including the 1918-20 influenza pandemic. “We haven’t been in a situation like this in over 100 years,” Brewer said. “No one has experienced a virus that had this combination of ease of transmissibility and mortality.”

COVID-19: How long does it remain infectious on different surfaces?

The Daily Bruin (April 28) interviewed UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology Dr. Timothy Brewer on long the novel coronavirus may last on some surfaces. “(If these particles) impact on a surface, they can survive there for a while,” Brewer said. “So it is important for individuals to wash their hands after touching surfaces or frequently cleaning surfaces where there may be a lot of potentially infectious individuals.” The article was picked up the Newstral aggregator, as well.

COVID-19: Psychiatric hospital patients vulnerable amid pandemic

Newsday (April 27) interviewed Dr. Peter Katona, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health adjunct professor of epidemiology, on the issue of protecting patients in psychiatric hospitals during the pandemic. “They are repeatedly exposed to high concentrations of virus, often without any regard for proper infection control or social distancing measures,” Katona said.

COVID-19: Health impact of unemployment during pandemic

Healio Primary Care (April 27) interviewed Michael Prelip, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences, on the issue of food insecurity driven by pandemic-related unemployment. “COVID-19 is demonstrating yet another weak place in our social health fabric,” Prelip said. “People who are food insecure are more likely to be unhealthy and more likely to have chronic conditions.”

COVID-19: Will high temperatures reduce the spread?

Xinhua (April 27) interviewed Yifang Zhu, professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for academic programs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about if higher temperatures will end the pandemic. Zhu said that while summer in the northern hemisphere might reduce the virus, it also remains unknown whether the pandemic will stage a comeback during winter.

COVID-19: Tom Hanks: “UCLA FSPH is leading the way”

BGR (April 27) referenced the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative, led by Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health. The story quoted actor Tom Hanks, who has supported the research project. “Hey, folks, LA First Responders and Healthcare Workers need testing - are they safe to work or not? Data for research needs collecting,” Hanks stated in a tweet. “UCLA FSPH is leading the way.”

COVID-19: Companies need to consider new health standards

Benzinga (April 27) referenced Dr. Jonathan FieldingUCLA FSPH distinguished professor-in-residence of health policy and managementin an item that cited a task force to research the health burden from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. Fielding serves as co-chair of the panel formed by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The item also ran on Yahoo.

 

FEATURES (Other)

Study: Gas-powered appliances may be hazardous for your health

Treehugger (May 1) quoted Yifang Zhu, professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for academic programs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about a report that found that after an hour of using a gas-fired stove or oven, levels of nitrogen dioxide inside California homes reached levels that exceeded both state and national ambient air-quality standards. "California’s state agencies often focus on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts, but there has been much less focus on how fossil fuel use in household appliances can adversely impact indoor air quality and public health,” Zhu said. The story also ran on Flipboard.

Study: Gas-powered appliances may be hazardous for your health

Grist (April 30) quoted Yifang Zhu, professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for academic programs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about a report that found that after an hour of using a gas-fired stove or oven, levels of nitrogen dioxide inside California homes reached levels that exceeded both state and national ambient air-quality standards. “The goal of this report is to provide information to Californians on how pollution from gas-fired appliances affects the air they breathe, and the related health effects,” Zhu said. A similar story ran in Elektrek.

Data mining: a promising technique in the field of nutritional epidemiology

UroToday (April 28) referenced a study co-authored by Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research, which examined the use of data mining as a technique in the field of nutritional epidemiology, especially in regards to the analysis of diet and bladder cancer (BC). The study was originally published in the British Journal of Nutrition (April 23).

Tuberculosis treatment strategy might be a preferable alternative

Physician’s Weekly (April 28) referenced a study co-authored by Dr. Vahe Khachadourian, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health scholar, on the effectiveness of self-administered drug intake supported by a family member versus in-clinic, directly observed therapy for tuberculosis.