Moritz Z. Kayser, Christina Valtin, Mark Greer, Bernd Karow, Jan Fuge, and Jens Gottlieb
Georgi T. Popov, Magdalena Baymakova, Virsavia Vaseva, Todor Kundurzhiev, and Ventsislav Mutafchiyski
Katherine Anderson and Sharon F. Terry
Parsa P. Salehi, Sina J. Torabi, Yan Ho Lee, and Babak Azizzadeh
Irene Borgen, Martha C. Romney, Nicole Redwood, Belynda Delgado, Patricia Alea, Brian H. George, Jennifer Puzziferro, and Lina Shihabuddin
Richard L. Hasen
This important new article highlights the three pathologies of American voting rights illuminated by the pandemic that existed before it and are sure to outlast it. First, the United States election system features deep fragmentation of authority over elections. Second, protection of voting rights in the United States is marked by polarized and judicialized decision making. Third, constitutional protections for voting rights remain weak.
Anita Patel, Maryann M. D'Alessandro, Karen J. Ireland, W. Greg Burel, Elaine B. Wencil, and Sonja A. Rasmussen
Personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects healthcare workers from infection is a critical component of infection control strategies in healthcare settings. During a public health emergency response, protecting healthcare workers from infectious disease is essential. This article reviews lessons learned from responses to prior public health emergencies from a PPE supply chain and systems perspective and examines ways to improve PPE readiness for future responses.
Hesam Khodadadi, Évila Lopes Salles, Abbas Jarrahi, Fairouz Chibane, Vincenzo Costigliola, Jack C. Yu, Kumar Vaibhav, David C. Hess, Krishnan M. Dhandapani, and Babak Baban
In this new study, researchers investigate the potential protective role for CBD during ARDS that may extend CBD as part of the treatment of COVID-19 by reducing the cytokine storm, protecting pulmonary tissues, and re-establishing inflammatory homeostasis.
Xiaoyun Zhou, Centaine L. Snoswell, Louise E. Harding, Matthew Bambling, Sisira Edirippulige, Xuejun Bai, and Anthony C. Smith
In this article substantial evidence is presented supporting the effectiveness of telemental health in the areas of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Factors such as fear of exposure, isolation, loss of income, reduced autonomy, and the absence of a cure for coronavirus infection are contributing to increased stress. The authors emphasize that the provision of mental health support, especially via telehealth, will help patients maintain their psychological well being.
Moderator: Debra Furr-Holden
Participants: Olivia Carter-Pokras, Mary Kimmel, and Charles Mouton
The impact of COVID-19 on underserved and vulnerable populations, including persons of color, is addressed in this new roundtable discussion.
Willy A. Valdivia-Granda and Jürgen A. Richt
As new CoVID policies and responses are implemented to lessen the impact of the virus, it is imperative (1) to consider additional mitigation strategies critical for the development of effective countermeasures, (2) to promote long-term policies and strict regulations of the trade of wildlife and live animal markets, and (3) to advocate for necessary funding and investments in global health, specifically for the prevention of and response to natural and manmade pandemics. This document considers some of these challenges.
Karen S. Kmetik, Alexis Skoufalos, and David B. Nash
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the growing chronic disease crisis in America. Available data suggest that underlying chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among other factors, may put individuals at higher risk for complications and a more severe course of illness if they contract COVID-19. In this new article, researchers discuss how the health care community will require a renewed mindset to make prevention of chronic disease for all people a top priority.
Matiram Pun, Rachel Turner, Giacomo Strapazzon, Hermann Brugger, and Erik R. Swenson
The rapid transmission, increased morbidity, and mortality of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has exhausted many health care systems and the global economy. Large variations in COVID-19 prevalence and incidence have been reported across and within many countries worldwide; however, this remains poorly understood. In this review, reasearchers critically examine these factors and attempt to determine based upon available scientific and epidemiological data whether living in high-altitude regions might be protective against COVID-19 as recent publications have claimed.
The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has substantially damaged population health, social fabrics, economies, and health systems across the world. In the United States, many of these costs are overwhelmingly borne by racially marginalized populations. In its May/June 2021 issue, Health Security will be devoting an open access special feature to examining how systemic racism is manifested in the practice of health security in the United States and how it has affected preparedness for, responses to, and recovery from COVID-19.
Certain groups within the United States, such as those living in poverty, minorities, the elderly, those suffering from immune and respiratory disorders, the obese, and persons living in areas with increased air pollution, are at an increased risk for experiencing disparities related to the disease. We are inviting manuscript submissions related to the challenges seen in these populations during times of a pandemic.