THI Responds to COVID-19 Threat
As part of THI’s work to provide you with accurate information around health issues, THI president David L. Katz, MD, MPH, and our Council members with expertise in this area, are providing links to trusted articles and resources on COVID-19. THI is working tirelessly to bring truth about the Coronavirus to the media, our partners, and the public realm. Please consider making a donation to support our work so we can continue to strategize, mobilize, and analyze information to optimize both public and personal health.
Global Association of Obesity and COVID-19 Death Rates
Objective: To examine the possible impact of obesity on COVID-19 death rates.
Importance: COVID-19 was responsible for an enormous global death toll with large variation among countries.
Design: Measure associations between obesity rates in 2016 and COVID-19 deaths/million
population through 2/25/2021, across countries.
Coronavirus Pandemic Risk Models for Total Harm Minimization
#TotalHarmMinimization Policy Suggestions in a Return to Work Context
THI Official Resources
At most, it’s a minor exaggeration to say that a single, scientific publication altered the trajectory of my career. I completed my training in Preventive Medicine/Public Health at Yale in June of 1993, with only a general notion of my career ambitions. I wanted to prevent preventable chronic diseases, and help add years to lives and life to years. I knew I would take care of patients, and I knew I would do clinical research. I rather thought the latter would involve probing the unknown.
The current focus on banning menthol cigarettes raises questions about personal versus collective responsibility. Most of us in public health are cheering for the ban, but I am sure some of you are rolling your eyes at yet another “nanny state” intrusion. The effort reminds of a decades-old tale of the rather pernicious collaborations between Big Tobacco and Big Food, which may help narrow this ideological divide. Let’s begin with that slightly sordid story, then segue into considerations of where responsibility lies for what finds its way to our lips- whether for smoldering there, or swallowing.
Interviews / Videos / Podcasts
Dr. Katz explains why there is a 10-fold increase in Covid cases in the US than we had documented before, on Main Street Vegan Podcast with Victoria Moran. Interview begins 28:00 minutes into the podcast, 7/22/20
Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman of At a Distance podcast interview Dr. Katz on Understanding Covid-19 in a Big-Picture Context, 5/21/20. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher
The Choreography of Contagion Interdiction, Rich Roll Podcast, 5/07/20
Roundtable – COVID-19: How New Information Should Drive Policy. U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 5/05/20
Illinois coronavirus: Possible permanent changes to work, school and travel after the COVID-19 lockdown, ABC 7 Eyewitness News, 5/4/20
Guidance from THI Partners & Council Members
Portal for Innovation
CALL TO ACTION
Do you have an idea for a new ventilator? A pattern for a cloth mask? A research paper on clinical results for treating COVID patients in your hospital? Visit these sites to read more and submit your own innovations and ideas:
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