COVID-19

The COVID-19 epidemic challenges all of us, both personally and professionally. While it has energized many of us by spotlighting our role as public health professionals, there is an enormous amount of work to be done. The professional challenges include fighting the epidemic itself as well as anticipating and preventing the secondary health effects that follow from anxiety, social isolation, and economic recession. The personal challenges, as we all know, are wide-ranging even in the short term. Nevertheless, the professional contributions being made by our students, staff, faculty, and alumni are extraordinary. Keep up the good work, and above all keep up the recommended risk-reduction practices that help us all stay safe. 

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Our Experts address COVID-19

COVID-19 and Protesting: How to Stay Safe

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COVID-19 can spread in large groups. The Allegheny County Health Department shares some steps you can take to keep each other safe before, during, and after protests.  

What the Allegheny County Health Department is doing to address health disparities. An open letter to the community.

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NEXT PITTSBURGH - Allegheny County, like Minneapolis, has substantial racial disparities that impact all of us. Our communities are starkly divided along racial and ethnic lines. With these lines come distinct differences in access to housing, education, transportation and employment. These differences translate directly to worse health outcomes among our communities of color. In Allegheny County, black people have dramatically higher rates of b... 

‘Desperation science’ slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs, but Angus is speeding it up

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AP NEWS - HPM’s Derek Angus, UPMC’s critical care chief, is using an innovative study using artificial intelligence to help pick treatments. Forty regional hospitals joined more from the United Kingdom to randomly assign patients to one of dozens of possible treatments, adapting treatments based on the results. If a drug looks like a winner, the computer assigns more people to get it. The system “learns on the fly.  

Roberts breaks down 'herd immunity' strategy to combat novel coronavirus (video)

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WTAE NEWS - In the absence of a vaccine, said HPM Chair Mark Roberts, at least 60% of the population must contract and recover from the virus. But 1 percent of COVID-19 cases are fatal. “That’s a huge number of deaths in Allegheny County to achieve herd immunity.” If we continue without vaccine, eventually we will achieve herd immunity, but it comes at a cost of lives lost and overwhelmed hospitals.  

My gym is reopening. Reed isn't sure it’s safe to work out there.

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NPR - If you want to exercise indoors, it’s safer to do it at home, says IDM’s Doug Reed, an immunologist and aerobiologist. If you do go to the gym and you’re breathing heavily, it would be better to double your regular physical distance to 12 feet, because we don’t know exactly how far virus particles travel when people are breathing heavily. The potential for being infected or spreading the infection could be much higher.  

Politics, fear keep some people from disclosing contacts. Maseru talks solutions.

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SPOTLIGHT PA – Contact tracing is crucial to keeping people safe but success relies on cooperation. “The key is building community trust,” said BCHS’s Noble Maseru. “If the people doing this work are known and respected in the community, residents will be more likely to trust that their information is being used for a good purpose.”  

Recent Announcements

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (7/2) 

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (7/2)

Updates from school leadership clarifying how University operating policies and procedures will be implemented at Pitt Public Health and other advice for the upcoming term. (07/06/2020)

Townhall on clinical and community-based research restart 

Townhall on clinical and community-based research restart

On June 15, school leadership led a townhall meeting on restarting clinical and community-based research. Find out more. (06/15/2020)

Fall Term Updates - Town Hall for Current Students 

Fall Term Updates - Town Hall for Current Students

Eleanor Feingold and Jessie Burke gave updates and took questions about what to expect in the fall term. The most important piece of information they had was to remember that things are changing rapidly and a variety of committees are working constantly to keep the University community safe while c... (06/15/2020)

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (6/10) 

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (6/10)

View recent updates from school leadership on navigating ongoing changes. Virtual town halls have been announced including educational updates for new or returning students, clinical and community-based research restart, and fall educational updates for faculty and staff. (06/10/2020)

Coming up: Lessons Learned from the HIV Epidemic and their Application to COVID-19 

Coming up: Lessons Learned from the HIV Epidemic and their Application to COVID-19

Join the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center on Thursday 5/28 at 2 p.m. to learn how the past 30 years of the HIV epidemic relates to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Then, identify key steps in educating health professionals from the HIV epidemic, and discuss how lessons learned from the ... (05/14/2020)

"Conversations about COVID-19" seminar series continues! 

"Conversations about COVID-19" seminar series continues!

Each Friday this May and June, Pitt Public Health experts will have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and then address questions from attendees. The goal of the COVID-19 series is to provide our school community, alumni, and the public with credible information about t... (05/06/2020)
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Share stories about your COVID-19 work

If you are doing COVID-19-related work and would like the school to share your story online, in social media, and other venues, send a short paragraph to phcomm@pitt.edu describing what you are doing or visit publichealth.pitt.edu/share-news