The trend in new daily U.S. cases of COVID-19 looked like it was improving during April and May and then took a sudden turn in what some started calling the “second wave.” The first graph (A) shows the trend in new cases for the U.S. overall that gave the impression that the U.S. was beating COVID-19.Continue Reading
Population Health Research Brief Series
COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania have been concentrated in eastern urban counties this far (counties with relatively low prevalence of the chronic health conditions that increase risk of death from COVID-19).Continue Reading
- COVID-19 physical distancing creates challenges for preventing heat-related deaths this summer.
- Adults age 65 and older experienced the highest risk of heat-related death.
- Heat-related death rates are highest in the most urban and rural areas of the U.S.
- State and local governments must develop age- and place-appropriate interventions to prevent heat-related deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although New York State’s rural counties have experienced lower rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality thus far than their urban counterparts (thanks in large part to their lower population density), several of NY’s rural counties are at risk of high COVID-19 fatality rates should infections start to spread.Continue Reading
New York City, with a population of over 8.3 million, has borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.1 As of June 19, 2020, there were nearly 210,000 confirmed cases, over 54,000 hospitalizations, and 17,546 confirmed deaths.2Continue Reading
Down syndrome is a genetic disorder resulting in a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. On average, people with Down syndrome die at younger ages than those without this disorder. However, prior studies do not consider possible age differences in cause of death patterns between adults with and without Down syndrome.Continue Reading
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shock the globe and disproportionately affect Black communities, an additional long-running U.S. epidemic has rapidly gained domestic and global awareness: disproportionate police brutality against the Black community. Being killed by the police is a leading cause of death for Black men in America.1 Blacks are 3.5 times more likely than Whites to be killed by a police officer in the U.S.2Continue Reading
While the re-opening of the U.S. economy promises a return to work for some, this may not be the case for many displaced workers with disabilities. Workers with disabilities are often the first fired and last hired.1 The COVID-19 labor market is no exception to this rule. Recently released data suggest that employment rates between March and April 2020 decreased 18% for the general population, but 24% for workers with disabilities.2 While the “new normal” of virtual work has created more inclusive and flexible online work environments,3 people with disabilities are losing, instead of gaining, traction in the labor market. But, why?Continue Reading