Where people live and work, what they eat, how much they exercise (or don't), these factors all contribute enormously to the health of populations. So does policy, access to healthcare, and much more. Columbia Public Health Now asks Columbia faculty to weigh in on the public health challenges of today and consider their implications for the health and well-being of populations around the world.
This spring, we are exploring the novel coronavirus. COVID-19's global spread is without historical precedent, touching on all aspects of society. Join us as we attempt to unravel some of the mystery
Episode 10 "COVID-19: Bats, Labs, and Rumored Origins"
Epidemiologist Dr. Simon Anthony discusses the rumored origins of COVID-19 from bats to labs, the risks of virus spillovers from wildlife to our lives, and how to prepare for the next pandemic.
Episode 9 "COVID-19: The Dangerous Stories We Tell"
Infectious disease ecologist, Dr. Michaela Martinez, challenges some of the news coverage around COVID-19, commenting on what is known, and not known, about the seasonality of the virus; potential immunity for survivors; and the limits of comparing COVID-19 to the 1918 epidemic.
COVID-19: Underestimating Mother Nature
Plant physiologist, Dr. Lewis Ziska, explains the intersection of climate change, food systems, and public health - and their relationship to COVID-19.
COVID-19: The Consequences of Piecemeal Responses
Dr. Jeffrey Shaman discusses his team's projections on the impact of social distancing and other strategies in limiting the spread of coronavirus infections. The models offer insights that are informing policy decisions and could point the way to a sound - and safe - COVID-19 exit-strategy.
COVID-19: US vs. Them: The Danger of Blame
Dr. Robert Fullilove explores the historical intersection of stigma, blame and pandemics and the public health import of staying rationally engaged, even during this period of information overload.
COVID-19: The Invisible Toll of the Pandemic
Dr. Diana Hernandez, a keen observer of the burden of health inequity on the poor and working class, explores how those communities are particularly impacted by the pandemic.