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Covid-19 Profits and Profiteering

During this time of pandemic, new markets have opened, and profit-driven schemes, legal and illegal, have proliferated, highlighting the gain of a few even while many lost much.

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Should We Mandate Vaccines for All?

The triumph of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the development of safe, effective vaccines in mere months.  Vaccines are costly and slow to develop, and yet we had two, from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, available within about eight months of the arrival of Covid-19 in the US, each with more than 90% efficacy. That is a remarkable

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Mismanaging Messages

Pandemic vaccine communication has been fraught with lies and premature optimism as the messengers at the federal level have struggled to provide clear and consistent communication that state and local public health staff rely upon.

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False Confidence and Our Covid-19 Failings

How much of our Covid-19 failure was due to our overconfidence, informed by recent pandemics that were not that consequential? Could it have been averted by a more honest reckoning with our vulnerabilities?

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A Hard Weight

The arrival of Covid-19 has shed a new light on obesity, a longstanding health risk.

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When Do We Stop Counting?

When might we turn our attention back to the full range of illness around us, and balance the risk from Covid-19 with that from other diseases?

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Can Contact Tracing Work Here?

Have we now learned something about how to better perform the ancient public health function of contact tracing so we can do better the next time around?

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Does Today Matter more than Tomorrow?

We are charged with creating health for as many people as possible throughout their life-course, which requires a need to focus on the present, but also to move beyond that moment to focus on the future as quickly as possible.   

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The Caring Infrastructure

Covid-19 has exacerbated long-ignored challenges we face in caring for the elderly, the disabled, and younger children.

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