Lerner Research Affiliate Dessa Bergen-Cico publishes article in US News: Self-Care for Social Reengagement in the Era of COVID-19

In this US News article, Self-Care for Social Reengagement in the Era of COVID-19, Bergen-Cico writes how reengaging with media and society can feel overwhelming after self-isolating during the pandemic. She suggests that compassion and patience are key as society emerges from coronavirus-induced isolation.

Also read her issue brief: Breaking Isolation: Self Care for When Coronavirus Quarantine Ends.

Lerner Graduate Research Affiliate Kent Cheng published an article entitled: “Influenza-Associated Excess Mortality in the Philippines, 2016-2015” in the journal PLOS ONE.

Cheng and his coauthors find that influenza deaths are dramatically under-counted in Philippines’ national data. About
5,350 Filipinos die from the flu each year. Most deaths occur in the very young and the very old age group. Read the study here:

Lerner Research Affiliate Scott Landes featured in Forbes article on COVID19 related mortality among those with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Landes and colleagues report on their findings after analyzing thousands of people who had COVID-19. They found that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have a greater chance of dying from COVID-19 than those without IDD.

Read the Forbes article: People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities More Likely To Die From Covid-19 and Landes’ recent data slice: COVID-19 Mortality Rates are Higher among People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

Lerner Fellow Xiaoyan Zhang quoted in National Geographic story on raising resilient children during coronavirus

Xiaoyan Zhang spoke with National Geographic about how to help children bounce back from adversities related to COVID-19. Zhang notes the positive long term outcomes of emotionally resilient children and discusses steps caregivers can take to help strengthen children’s coping skills.

Read the National Geographic story End-of-school-year celebrations are canceled. Here’s how your kid can bounce back and Zhang’s brief about how to develop emotional resilience in children.

Sociology Professor Madonna Harrington Meyer was interviewed for this New York Times article about the impacts of COVID-19 on grandparents.

“As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on and child care centers remain closed, many grandparents are split into two groups: those who are quarantined from their families and those who are isolating beside them, according to Madonna Harrington Meyer, a sociology professor at Syracuse University and author of “Grandmothers at Work.” Those providing child care can see tremendous benefits — more physical activity, a healthy emotional life, more socializing — but the additional stressors can also lead to burnout. “It’s simultaneously wonderful and too much,” Meyer said.”  

Also check out her brief about grandmothers at work during COVID-19.

Lerner Center Faculty Affiliate Scott Landes interviewed for Spectrum News

Scott Landes spoke with Spectrum News about how individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at greater risk of serious illness or death related to COVID-19. Landes says that COVID-19 death rates are higher in this population due partly to several underlying health conditions.

Read Landes’ research brief: COVID-19 and Pneumonia: Increased Risk for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities during the Pandemic to learn more.

Read the full story and watch the video here.