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July 30, 2020
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The Wall Street Journal

Learning to live with coronavirus risk

A Swedish study found that taxi and bus drivers were infected at four times the average of all occupations, while teachers, who continued to teach in classrooms in Sweden, contracted the disease at around the average. ... This suggests opening stores and schools, with mitigation measures in place such as masks, shouldn't raise the overall level of risk in the economy, while countering other risks such as unemployment, diminished learning and undetected child abuse. Nonetheless, this also means that store workers and teachers are assuming some personal risk for the sake of all society -- and society should recognize that. "Police, fire, construction, mining and military personnel work in hazardous occupations but they are paid premium compensation for doing so," noted John Graham, a professor at Indiana University who vetted regulatory costs and benefits in President George W. Bush's White House. "Teachers never signed up to work in such conditions. Our nation should pay a Covid premium for teachers willing to work in the face of infection risks. But teachers should not be forced to work."

The New York Times

A viral pandemic splintering into deadly pieces

Federal data gathered through May 28 shows that Black and Hispanic Americans were three times as likely to get infected as their white neighbors, and twice as likely to die, even if they lived in remote rural counties with few Black or Hispanic residents. "By the time that minority patient sets foot in a hospital, he is already on an unequal footing," said Elaine Hernandez, a sociologist at Indiana University. The differences persist even though Black and Hispanic adults drastically altered their behavior. One study found that through the beginning of May, the average Black American practiced more social distancing than the average white American. ... Dr. Hernandez, whose parents live in Arizona, said their neighbors who had not been scared in June had since changed their attitudes. Her father, a physician, had set an example. Early on, he wore a mask with a silly mustache when he and his wife took walks, and they would decline friends' invitations, saying, "No, we're staying in our bubble." Now, she said, their neighbors are wearing masks, "and people are telling my father, 'You were right,'" Dr. Hernandez said.

ABC News Australia

How much coronavirus is there in Australia that we don't know about?

Can we take an educated guess at how much coronavirus is really out there? Nir Menachemi, who is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University-(Purdue University Indianapolis) in the US, tried to do just that. He and a team of researchers tested a random sample of Indiana residents for active COVID-19 infection as well as the presence of COVID-19 antibodies. More than 3,600 people over the age of 12 were tested between April 25-29. From the results, Dr Menachemi concluded that the true number of infections in Indiana was 11 times greater than the number of known cases at the time. Dr Menachemi said he wasn't surprised many cases were going undetected. "Almost everything we know about the disease comes from people at the top of the pyramid, the people who have died, the people who have been hospitalised, or the people who are relatively symptomatic," he said. "We really just never knew the size of the pyramid, (or) the ratios of each of the groups to each other. (But) it's the people who are out in the community with little or no symptoms that are probably responsible for most of the new infections."


AUDIO: Indiana's economic outlook

The additional $600 weekly unemployment benefit provided by the federal CARES Act expired last Saturday in Indiana. The benefit acted as a lifeline for thousands of Hoosiers, and as a buoy for the greater economy. And now, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in the state, many businesses have had to pause their reopening, if not take a step back. What will this mean for workers who can't go back to work yet, and are facing a thinner safety net? And what do workers and businesses need to make it through? Guests include: Kyle Anderson, Clinical Professor of Business Economics, Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

The Indianapolis Star

'Looking out for them': Senior service provider fighting social isolation amid COVID-19

Dr. Kathleen Unroe, (associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine and) a geriatrician with Indiana University Health, said increased anxiety and depression can compound or exacerbate pre-existing health conditions, especially among seniors. "We know that mental and physical health are tied together, and that depression and anxiety can worsen cognitive function," she said. "So, for someone who has, say, early stages of dementia, early stages of cognitive impairment and then has a diagnosis of serious depression, as well, that can make it even more difficult for them, in terms of memory and thinking."


How your breasts change during pregnancy and beyond

Expect your breast size to increase 25 percent from the end of your first trimester to the end of your third, according to research in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, in which expectant moms had 3D scans of their breast volume starting at 12 weeks. "The main impact on breast size is the effect that the pregnancy hormones -- including estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and human placental lactogen -- have on glandular tissue (as the glands mature and ultimately produce milk), more than the effect of weight gain," says Amanda Underwood, M.D., an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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