In the Media: News Roundup (February 19, 2021)

February 19, 2021

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich, Rachel Volberg, and Andrew Lover (Biostatistics and Epidemiology) and Richard Peltier (Environmental Health Sciences), along with Elizabeth Evans and graduate student Isabella Caruso (Health Promotion and Policy), comment in multiple news stories about the students at the core of the UMass Amherst COVID testing center's success; the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; treatment of opioid use disorders; the safety of plastic bubbles used at concerts; and the link between high levels of gambling and increased mortality.

Updated February 19, 2021:

The 27-Year-Old Who Became a Covid-19 Data Superstar - Nicholas Reich, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Bloomberg, 2/19/21)

U.S. Covid-19 Deaths Seen Falling to Lowest Level Since November - Nicholas Reich, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Bloomberg, 2/16/21)

Preliminary research finds ensemble model most consistent for predicting COVID-19 deaths - Nicholas Reich, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (WWLP, 2/11/21)

High Levels of Gambling Linked to 37% Increase in Mortality - Rachel Volberg, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Neuroscience News, 2/5/21)

As Opioid Use Disorder in the U.S. Soars, Making a Difference Grantees Suggest Ways to Improve Treatment - Elizabeth Evans, Health Promotion and Policy (The Greenwall Foundation, January 2021)

People Experiencing Homelessness Start To Get COVID Vaccine, But Skepticism Remains - Isabella Caruso, Health Promotion and Policy graduate student (WGBH Radio, 1/25/21)

The Flaming Lips Performed to People in Literal Bubbles. Is It Safer? - Richard Peltier, Environmental Health Sciences (The New York Times, 1/25/21)

“We’ve Let the Worst Happen”: Reflecting on 400,000 Dead - Andrew Lover, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (ProPublica, 1/23/21)