Public Health

COVID-19 Impact on Children and Adolescents

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most shared experiences has been one of isolation, quarantine, and social distancing. But how much of this experience can we truly say is shared? During an era that requires skillsets of rapid adaptation and resilience, the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have presented a monumental challenge…

COVID-19’s mRNA Vaccines: How They Work and How They are Modernizing the Field of Vaccine Research

With its first case reported in December 2019 and over 110 million cases and 2.5 million deaths officially reported worldwide, COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 [3]. In an attempt to flatten the curve, countries have severely restricted travel, closed down businesses and schools and instituted a mask policy when…

What Will Healthcare Look Like Under Biden’s Presidency?

Healthcare was one of the most important topics in this year’s presidential election. Within healthcare, each candidate’s COVID-19 plans also became a hot topic during their debates. Now that Biden has become the president-elect, many are wondering what Biden’s healthcare plans will look like. Although Trump “has significantly ramped up [COVID] testing since the spring,…

How Can We Promote Preventative Care to The Underserved?

With cancer as the second leading cause of death, bureaucratic and financial support for preventative care is needed now, more than ever. Indeed, an estimated 42% of cancers are preventable; however, underserved communities are characterized by “inadequate access to, or reduced utilization of, high quality cancer prevention, screening and early detection, treatment, and/or rehabilitation services”…

Politicization and Polarization of COVID-19

“You stay completely apolitical and non-ideological. I’m a scientist and I’m a physician. And that’s it.”  Anthony Fauci, the scientist-turned-public health activist who has run the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the past 36 years, shared his wisdom on how to function in a highly politicized and polarized nation. Fauci has worked…

Breathing Through a Pandemic

As most people have probably experienced by now, testing for COVID-19 can be uncomfortable, expensive, time-consuming or a combination of all three. The current standard for testing involves a nasal swab to collect a sample from the back of the nose and throat, which is then analyzed for SARS-CoV-2 RNA by a reverse transcriptase polymerase…

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