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Ready or Not, Patients Will Present: Improving Urban Pandemic Preparedness

Over the past century, society has achieved great gains in medicine, public health, and health-care infrastructure, particularly in the areas of vaccines, antibiotics, sanitation, intensive care and medical technology. Still, despite these developments, infectious diseases are emerging at unprecedented rates around the globe. Large urban centers are particularly vulnerable to communicable disease events, and must have well-prepared response systems, including on the front-line level. Read more from Director Rebecca Katz, PhD and GHSS staff.

COVID-19 Ask and Answer

For many it can be difficult to sift through the overwhelming amount of information available on the COVID-19 pandemic. In this series of short videos Georgetown experts share their insights on common COVID-19 questions, including issues drawn from a student survey.

Rapid urban health security assessment tool: a new resource for evaluating local-level public health preparedness

Urbanization will be a defining demographic trend of the 21st century – creating unique opportunities for capacity development, as well as substantial public health risks and challenges. Rebecca Katz and Matt Boyce published an article in BMJ Global Health on a rapid urban health security assessment tool that allows local-level authorities to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their local health security systems, create multiyear action plans and prioritize opportunities for improving capacities, and develop compelling narratives and a legacy of leadership.

Pandemic warnings existed long before coronavirus hit US

GLID director Ellen Carlin speaks with ABC Nightline about the multiple reports over the past several years and a mock exercise that warned of the likelihood of a pandemic hitting the U.S. and cautioned the U.S. may not be prepared for it.

COVID-19: A Global Pandemic Demands a Global Response

SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus that jumped from bats to humans, has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, the worst global health crisis in a century. That crisis, in turn, is wreaking economic havoc that could dwarf the Great Depression. Top global health experts, including several GID faculty, lay out a global response to the pandemic in a white paper.

Answering the right questions for policymakers on COVID-19

Effectively translating science into both operational and policy action is a nearly universal challenge in an emergency, aligning the interests of scientists and policy makers can be especially difficult. In an effort to minimise uncertainty and harness existing knowledge, scientists often focus on predictive problems that are broad in scale with quantifiable uncertainty; more often than not, this approach can leave policy makers without clear answers for high-consequence decisions that have to be made quickly, regardless of the available evidence base. Read more on this peer-reviewed article, co-written by Director Rebecca Katz, PhD.

Do You Need To Wear A Coronavirus Face Mask Outside?

GLID faculty, Erin Sorrell PhD, speaks with Huffington Post Magazine about the use of face masks. The CDC says you should cover your face in public places like the grocery store. Experts explain how that guidance applies to outdoor areas, too.