COVID-19


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Heat Wave and COVID-19 Clash: Tens of Millions of People at Risk in States Seeing COVID Spikes

, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

A major, long-lasting heat wave is spreading through the country over the next week. Many of these states are also in the throes of a dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases. Read more >

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“Fattening” the Curve: Funding Equitable Scientific Research After the Pandemic

Barbara Allen, Professor, , UCS

After the pandemic subsides, we need to build reliable knowledge on the ground about successes and failures in “flattening the curve” in the hardest hit communities during the early phase of the pandemic. What social rhythms were disrupted and what suggested behavior modifications were difficult?  Were they related to infrastructure (i.e. running water, transportation), patterns of financial support (i.e. hazardous employment, paydays), extended family living and caregiving, distrust of government, religious commitments, or other culturally specific activities? Read more >

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Investing in Dietary Guidelines Will Leave Us Better Prepared for the Next Pandemic

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

As US cases of COVID-19 near 1.7 million, we continue to learn more about the nature of the disease, including the factors that influence susceptibility to COVID-19 and the severity of symptoms.

Some of these risk factors, like age and certain health conditions, are beyond our ability to control.

Others, we have a shot at improving. Read more >

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Temporada peligrosa de huracanes comienza en medio de pandemia COVID-19

, climate scientist

COVID-19 nos tomó por asalto, pero probablemente no será la única amenaza que veremos este año. Read more >

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The First COVID-19 Era Hurricane Season Is Here. Are We Ready?

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Today NOAA announced its 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecast and projected an above average year, with a likely range of 6-10 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes expected. This year, we also face hurricane season amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and a worsening economic downturn—yet another example of compound risks that are part of our new normal. Our nation’s ability to keep people safe is going to be severely tested, and in large part depends on how well the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state and local authorities work together under these unprecedented circumstances.

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