An Epidemic and a Pandemic Collide: How COVID-19 has impacted the ongoing opioid epidemic

Written by Sarah Roberts, Emily Leventhal, Dipika Pujara, & Sai Reddy The Coronavirus pandemic exacerbated a number of pre-existing healthcare crises within the United States, namely the opioid epidemic which has ravaged the country for over two decades. Few places in America have been hit by the opioid epidemic as hard as the state of Ohio—so-called “ground-zero” for this crisis. On top of troubling trends … Continue reading An Epidemic and a Pandemic Collide: How COVID-19 has impacted the ongoing opioid epidemic

Intimate Partner Violence, COVID-19, and Technology

Recapping a Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Panel Written by Kira Nagoshi and Hiranya Atreyapurapu Notice for victims of IPV: If you or a loved one is being impacted by intimate partner violence, please do not hesitate to reach out to the following resources. Sourced from the CDC. National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224. Love is Respect National Teen Dating … Continue reading Intimate Partner Violence, COVID-19, and Technology

Role of Structural Vulnerability and the Existing Hierarchies During the Pandemic

Written by Cecilia Rogers One year ago, the United States began to implement lockdown measurements to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this past year, everyone across the United States has experienced the hardships of living through this global pandemic; however, certain populations have been disproportionately affected by this disease. But, what has led to the rise of these vulnerable populations? High risk populations are … Continue reading Role of Structural Vulnerability and the Existing Hierarchies During the Pandemic

The Philippines’ Vaccine Crisis

Written by Catherine Xu, Dipika Pujara, and Jhanvi Desai On February 8th 2021, the Malacanang spokesman announced that the Covid-19 vaccination plan would kickstart on February 15th, 2021. This announcement should be good news, considering that the Philippines has recently surpassed 500,000 cases, ranking second in southeast Asia for the worst response to the pandemic. Preceding this announcement, the government had only given the range … Continue reading The Philippines’ Vaccine Crisis

Vaccine Distribution: Whose Lives are Being Saved

Written by Olivia Young 118,016,389. That’s the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases that have been reported worldwide as of March 9, 2021. 2,617,600 of those cases were fatal. These cases continue to increase everyday, but the world is looking towards vaccines as their source of hope. However, access to vaccines is currently locked in bidding wars with wealthy countries leading the pack. Per 100 people, … Continue reading Vaccine Distribution: Whose Lives are Being Saved

Who Has the Power to Cultivate Scientific Knowledge: A Question So Deeply Ignored

Written by Varshini Odayar and Ria Parikh A simple Google search for “papers on the COVID-19 vaccine” reveals pages of numerous journal publications in highly-cited journals such as Nature, Lancet, and New England Journal of Medicine among others. As one may expect, the production of such highly influential scientific knowledge also brings much acclamation and honor for the contributing authors. Such an array of journals … Continue reading Who Has the Power to Cultivate Scientific Knowledge: A Question So Deeply Ignored

Mask On: Life-saving Local Decision Making in Austin

Written by Ananya Kodali, Dipika Pujara, Priya Mahableshwarkar On March 3, 2021, Texas’ mask mandate, which had been in place for eight months, was repealed by Governor Greg Abbott. This means that there is no longer a government incentive in place for businesses in Texas to require face coverings on their premises. In the 20 days that followed, Abbott’s decision elicited a mixed reaction from … Continue reading Mask On: Life-saving Local Decision Making in Austin

Immigrant Detention Facilities and COVID-19

Written by Kira Nagoshi and Akila Muthukumar Introduction Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s hostile immigration rhetoric and harsh family separation policies met a wave of public outrage in 2016-2018 as human rights violations at the U.S.-Mexico border came to light. However, this temporary spike in widespread media coverage of detention centers has dissipated in the last few years despite persistent abuse and mistreatment. Although other … Continue reading Immigrant Detention Facilities and COVID-19

How Racism is Killing America’s Unborn

Written by Segen Ghebrendrias and Zainab Faisal Racism is often perceived as a force that can reach individuals as soon as their lives begin. The pervasive nature of racism disproportionately favors some communities, preventing them from experiencing life to its fullest. Racial inequalities have been at the forefront in analyzing healthcare disparities plaguing America’s healthcare system. But why do we often ignore the effects of … Continue reading How Racism is Killing America’s Unborn

The Dark Past of Clinical Trials and what that Means for Science Today

Written by Blair Hoeting Research is an integral part of science. It is how we learn more about the world around us and what will get us through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, over the course of history, and as recent as less than 50 years ago, some research studies have committed horrible atrocities against its victims. This includes atrocities committed against minorities and low-income populations. … Continue reading The Dark Past of Clinical Trials and what that Means for Science Today