Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)


May 15, 2020 A Foot in Two Worlds: A View of Coronavirus from the South Bronx

Early research has revealed that people of color, and those living in poverty and crowded housing situations have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. But these findings have come as no surprise to Diana Hernández, who grew up in the South Bronx and is still a resident of the diverse and historically low-income New York City neighborhood, which is a hotspot for the virus. 

May 11, 2020 Up to 5 NY Children Dead, 93 Sickened by Rare COVID-Related Illness

New York may have as many as 93 cases of children presenting with a new pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome likely linked to COVID-19. At least three children have died, and two more deaths are under investigation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

May 04 2020 Breaking the Silence: Domestic Violence During COVID-19

Rates of domestic violence that are already shockingly high—one in four women and one in ten men in the U.S. experience intimate partner violence—could be even higher today as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. This month in New York City, calls to domestic violence hotlines and visits to support websites in New York City have spiked. A newly published paper by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers cites reports of a recent surge in domestic violence in China during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 27,2020 When It Comes to Coronavirus Deaths, Race Matters

Instead of affecting everyone equally, the coronavirus is amplifying the racial disparities in health outcomes across the United States. The disparities result from the country’s own pre-existing condition: an environment where people’s living and working conditions are anything but equal when it comes to pollution levels and protection from harmful toxins.

April 20, 2020 11 Numbers That Show How Coronavirus Has Changed N.Y.C.

But some of the data shows glimmers of hope. While hundreds of food banks were forced to close, the city’s volunteer pool vastly expanded. Air pollution is down. Applications to foster abandoned animals skyrocketed.

April 17, 2020 When a Virus Exposes Environmental Injustice

 A map recently released by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene broke down confirmed cases by ZIP code, and the results are shockingly clear: The coronavirus is disproportionately affecting low-income neighborhoods, which in New York also tend to be communities of color.

April 15, 2020 Resources- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.

April 6, 2020 New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates

Coronavirus patients in areas that had high levels of air pollution before the pandemic are far more likely to die from the infection than patients in cleaner parts of the country, according to a new nationwide study that offers the first clear link between long-term exposure to pollution and Covid-19 death rates.

April 2, 2020, Resources - "COVID-19 Center Update - Together We Can"

Links to the newest COVID-19 resources from the Mailman School of Public Health and others. Please share with your networks, family and friends. Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

April 1, 2020, Episode 5 “COVID-19: The Invisible Toll of the Pandemic.”

Dr. Diana Hernandez speaks about the invisible toll that COVID-19 has on poor and working class families. What can the government do to ensure the safety and health of all people in our communities?  

March 31, 2020, Control the Contagion PSA 

The 2011 film Contagion, costars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Ehle, and Marion Cotillard teamed up with scientists at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to create this important public service announcements. Please share.

March 31, 2020, COVID-19 Biobank 

Established by Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the Biobank will to collect, store, and disseminate biological specimens and clinical data for researchers at Columbia University and elsewhere.

March 30, 2020,  COVID-19- Related School Closings and Risk of Weight Gain among School Children

Drs. Rundle, Park, Herbstman, Kinsey, and Wang discuss risks of weight gain and importance of  encouraging physical activity as part of remote learning for children during COVID-19.

March 27, 2020 A Likely But Hidden Coronavirus Risk Factor: Pollution

Academics at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Montreal who studied the 1918 influenza crisis found that U.S. cities burning more coal for electricity — a stand-in for pollution at a time with little air monitoring — had substantially more “excess” deaths than low-coal cities. 

March 19, 2020- Resources - "COVID-19 Center Update - Yes We Can

Please find links to COVID-19 resources and update on our move to remote work. Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.