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.
Once COVID Vaccines Were Introduced, More Republicans Died Than Democrats
A new Yale study co-authored by SOM’s Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham found that once vaccines were introduced, the rate of excess deaths among Republicans and Democrats began to diverge.
The Reckonings Facing the Theater
The challenges of the last several years, including the upheaval of COVID-19 and the anti-racism movement that followed George Floyd’s murder, have had profound consequences for American theater. In a recent conversation with Yale SOM, three Yale alumni in the industry offered their perspectives on what comes next.
Is COVID Over? It's Complicated.
On this episode of the Health & Veritas podcast, Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz discuss the confusion over COVID therapeutics, even among professionals. Then they’re joined by Dr. Jeremy Faust, a researcher, emergency physician, and public voice on COVID and other issues—as well as an active choral conductor. They discuss his unusual path, the state of the pandemic, and the importance of understanding “excess mortality.”
Should You Stop Washing?
On this episode of the Health & Veritas podcast, Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz are joined by Dr. James Hamblin, a journalist and a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health. They discuss his approach to communicating about public health, his prescient February 2020 article on COVID-19, and why he’s quit taking showers.
On the latest episode of the Health & Veritas podcast, Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz discuss a concerning new COVID-19 variant, the discovery casting doubt on a major fish-oil study, and the need for new models of funding research.
Can We Bring Family Healthcare to the Home?
On the latest episode of the Health & Veritas podcast, Harlan Krumholz reviews the latest COVID-19 research, and Howard Forman reflects on the vast ramifications of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade. They’re joined by Dr. Rebekah Gee, an ob-gyn and the CEO of Nest Health, which aims to deliver care to vulnerable children and their parents at home. She also describes her experience as a pro-choice physician serving as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health.
Can Hospitals Recover from COVID-19?
On the latest episode of the Health & Veritas podcast, Harlan Krumholz explains what the research says about the immunity acquired from a COVID-19 infection, and suggests a framework for thinking about exposure risk. Then he and Howard Forman are joined by Thomas Balcezak, chief clinical officer at the Yale New Haven Health System. They discuss the financial and human capital challenges faced by hospitals in the wake of the pandemic.
Building a Better Vaccine Policy
On the latest episode of the Health & Veritas podcast, Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz are joined by Jason Schwartz of the Yale School of Public Health. They discuss what went wrong with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and how Schwartz’s background in history and ethics informs his research on vaccine policy.
Wastewater Can Reveal How Many of Us Have Gotten COVID-19
New research based on data on COVID-19 RNA in sewage suggests that many more people had been infected with COVID-19 by May 2021 than official case counts indicated.
Getting Ready for the Next Pandemic
To do better in the next pandemic, Sherry Glied, dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, argues we must ensure that policymakers get answers to their most pressing questions. She joins Howie and Harlan in a conversation about incentivizing relevant research and systematically synthesizing data into actionable information.