No, That New Study Doesn’t Show that Masks Are Useless
We asked Prof. Jason Abaluck, who co-authored a landmark randomized trial of mask promotion in Bangladesh, what conclusions we can draw from the recent Cochrane Review—and what the evidence says about the effectiveness of masks.
On the latest episode of the Health & Veritas podcast, Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz are joined by Jason Abaluck, a health economist at Yale SOM. They discuss a massive study co-authored by Abaluck that showed that masks reduce COVID infections in a community setting.
In a First, Randomized Study Shows That Masks Reduce COVID-19 Infections
A large study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Jason Abaluck and Mushfiq Mobarak found that a mask-promotion program in Bangladesh significantly lowered symptomatic infections, especially among older people and when surgical masks are used.
Choosing the Wrong Health Insurance Could Kill You
Yale SOM’s Jason Abaluck and his co-authors calculated that the Medicare Advantage plans appreciably influence the survival rates of their enrollees. Shutting down the plans with the highest mortality rates could save thousands of lives per year.
Time to Put on a Mask
A team of Yale researchers says we should all be wearing cloth masks, but give the surgical masks to healthcare workers.
Three Questions: Prof. Jason Abaluck on Short-Term Health Insurance
We asked Yale SOM health economist Jason Abaluck how the expansion of low-cost, short-term insurance could affect consumers and the insurance markets.
Seniors Aren’t Learning to Choose Better Prescription Insurance Plans
Seniors picking prescription plans through Medicare Part D often aren’t choosing the plans that offer the best value.