Case Report - September 17, 2020

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You're reading Case Report, a digest of our expert network's best research, analysis, and policy recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains a public health crisis first and foremost. Disparities in health outcomes are not going away. Many people are skeptical of forthcoming vaccines. And medical innovation is sorely needed. In this Case Report, SSN members draw parallels to the past and look to the future as they dissect how COVID-19 is impacting our health and what needs to happen from the policy down to the individual level to bring us out of this crisis.

COVID-19 and 1918 ‘Spanish flu’ have one depressing thing in commo

The health disparities of the 1918 influenza pandemic are playing out again amid COVID-19, with the wealthiest and most privileged enjoying the best outcomes, find economists Karen Clay, Brian Beach, and Martin Saavedra in a new study. [MarketWatch]

Scholars Strategy Network: The pandemic has hit older adults particularly hard

In this opinion piece, gerontological health and human services researcher Lenard Kaye lays out how the pandemic has not only meant higher mortality rates for older adults, but also increased financial hardships and social isolation that require policy, programmatic, and individual responses. [Kennebec Journal]

Before You Engage A Vaccine Skeptic, Here's What You Need To Know

With many people feeling skeptical about a potential coronavirus vaccine according to recent polls, anthropologist Emily K. Brunson argues that information from trusted, local one-on-one connections will matter more than official statements. [HuffPost]

How the Civil War drove medical innovation – and the pandemic could, too

Effective federal oversight could help private industry drive a surge in medical innovation in response to COVID-19 similar to developments that took place during the Civil War, argues economist Jeffrey Clemens in this opinion piece. [The Conversation]