Christmas in August: Polio and Nursing in Kentucky, 1944, by Naomi Rogers
In August 1944 Louisville’s Fourth Street toy store advertised “Christmas in August” offering toys on sale for parents desperate to entertain their children who had been cooped up at home, banned from movie theaters, swimming pools and all public gatherings. The reason was polio. Kentucky’s largest epidemic had started in late June; it ended with 718 reported cases and 37 counties classified as epidemic areas. Showing how confusing polio’s transmission was, health officials in Louisville investigated cases by asking when children had gone swimming, been visited by “infected” friends, had a tonsillectomy, played with nearby animals and fowl, or eaten water, milk, butter, ice cream, candy and other foods.
#FitForTheFrontLine Challenge Unites Nation’s Top Medical Centers in Support of Frontline Health Care Workers
Medical centers across the United States, including Yale New Haven Health, are joining forces to start a countrywide movement of physical activity to honor and support frontline health care workers who have worked tirelessly to save lives.
Strong Public Health Response in China Slowed Coronavirus Transmission, YSPH Study Finds
Swift isolation and quarantine policies as well as city lockdowns imposed by the Chinese government in late January 2020 significantly decreased the transmission rate of COVID-19, new research led by the Yale School of Public Health finds.
In progress: A tool to help policymakers safely re-open the economy
Yale economist Fabrizio Zilibotti is working with Hong Kong-based researchers Rongzhu Ke and Zheng Song to develop a predictive model for guiding policymakers as they try to restart economies safely. An expert in inequality in children’s education, Zilibotti is also studying the unequal effects of pandemic-related school closures on children.
Stress, Anxiety, or Depression? Treatment Starts With the Right Diagnosis
Wherever constant stress lives, so too does its more agitated and debilitating cousin: anxiety. About 31% of Americans will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. What’s more, anxiety often goes hand-in-hand with depression.
Virtual Event Inspires and Entertains
The virtual event, Stay Strong in Harmony & Solidarity, has inspired and entertained hundreds of viewers since it premiered on May 15th. Organized by Erin Taylor, MD, a senior chief resident in the Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Department at Yale School of Medicine, the event honored workers at Yale New Haven Hospital, and all frontline workers, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Country Is Reopening—Now What?
“There is nothing magically ‘safe’ about May 20, and very little difference in epidemiologic risk between May 19 and May 21," says Jaimie Meyer, MD, MS, a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist. Only a public health approach that is data-driven will dictate a slow and measured reopening.”
Pandemic Likely to Cause Long-Term Health Problems, Study by Yale School of Public Health Finds
The coronavirus pandemic’s life-altering effects are likely to result in lasting physical and mental health consequences for many people—particularly those from vulnerable populations—a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds.