HGHI Releases Guidance for COVID Suppression

Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Rockefeller Foundation, CovidActNow, Covid-Local, CIDRAP and many others have joined forces to launch a new COVID Risk Level map and COVID suppression guidance for policy makers and the public.

New Testing Targets: As COVID-19 outbreaks grow more severe, most U.S. states still fall far short on testing

From Mitigation to Suppression: In collaboration with NPR, HGHI is publishing new state testing targets for July. This new data shows only 18 states meet minimum targets for mitigation, and even fewer reach suppression level testing.

"We must catalyze a massive investment in and scale-up of our testing infrastructure—and we must do it now."

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Dr. Ashish K. Jha says US withdrawal from WHO is devastating loss in battle against COVID-19

Dr. Ashish K. Jha says US withdrawal from WHO is devastating loss in battle against COVID-19

Dr. Jha testified before members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that U.S. that withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) “will harm not only the health of people around the world, but also US leadership and scientific prowess."

Evidence Roundup: Why positive test rates need to fall below 3%

Evidence Roundup: Why positive test rates need to fall below 3%

By Divya Siddarth, Harvard Safra Center COVID Initiative, Rebecca Katz, Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, Ellie Graeden, Talus Analytics, Danielle Allen, Harvard Safra Center, and Thomas Tsai, HGHI According to epidemiologists, “epidemic control requires detecting even minor symptoms and testing the immediate contacts of those who test positive” or, more generally, […]

It’s not about being sick: Why we need to test more healthy people to beat this virus

It’s not about being sick: Why we need to test more healthy people to beat this virus

States are opening up, people are welcoming summer in large crowds at the beach, in the pool and in parks. The problem with this rushed return to life-as-usual: We don’t know who in crowded places is passing the coronavirus to others. Evidence now shows nearly half of the spread of COVID-19 is from people with no symptoms – people who feel fine, and don’t know they are infected. Finding them and controlling the disease demands drastically increasing testing of healthy people—and no state is currently doing enough of that.

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Africa in 2018 was a new chapter for pandemic preparedness. Ebola continued to demonstrate gaps in outbreak response and containment. In Western nations, misinformation and junk news were driving people’s attitudes towards vaccines and epidemics. In a world divided by drastic economic differences, some countries were withholding information about emerging pathogens to apply political pressure. Then again, there were new initiatives, road maps, and funding mechanisms overcoming political and procedural obstacles.

In September 2018, the Harvard Global Health Institute hosted Outbreak Week. Inspired by the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, Outbreak Week convened leading researchers, policy makers, health advocates, economists, doctors, journalists, historians, and other experts from across Harvard and from institutions around the world. From how epidemic responses are financed to why Merck is hesitant to repeat the experiences of developing an Ebola vaccine, Outbreak Week 2018 was a multi-disciplinary deep dive on pandemic preparedness.

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