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August 11, 2020
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CBS News

COVID-19 could cause your hair to fall out

Hair loss may be a side effect of the coronavirus, according to a recent survey of people who experienced long-term COVID-19 symptoms. Dr. Natalie Lambert from Indiana University School of Medicine conducted the survey along with Survivor Corps, a nonprofit grassroots movement that aims to educate COVID-19 survivors and connect them with resources for recovery. Survivor Corps founder Diana Berrent posted a survey on the group's Facebook page, asking COVID-19 survivors to share which symptoms they experienced. The survey's symptom list was based on initial COVID-19 research conducted by Lambert and Dr. Wendy Chung of Colombia University Irving Medical Center. Lambert collected and analyzed over 1,500 responses. The respondents were people suffering from long-lasting COVID-19 symptoms, colloquially known as "long haulers," Lambert writes in the study. She notes that their report is based on the "reported experiences" of patients and is not a peer-reviewed scientific study. 

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30 nonprofit IT influencers worth a follow in 2020

From collaboration tech to solutions that help power virtual events, organizations have come to rely more heavily on IT tools during these uncertain times. It's more important than ever for nonprofits to be up to date with the latest trends and offerings in the tech world. To help, BizTech has assembled a list of 30 top nonprofit IT influencers who can keep you informed, engaged -- and even entertained. These are the bloggers, social media personalities and podcasters worth a follow right now. ... The Women's Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is a key source for discussions on the role gender plays in philanthropy -- a subject with frequent tech crossovers, as highlighted by its "Philanthropy Plugged In" podcast.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

How 5 colleges are tackling virtual orientation

The Chronicle rounded up what virtual orientations look like at a variety of institutions across the country: "You can never really replace in-person orientation," said Melanie J. Payne, the director of the Office of First Year Experience Programs at Indiana University at Bloomington, where residence halls will be open to students but most courses will be online. When students attend orientation face to face, "we can talk to them. We walk them from session to session on campus." But for virtual orientation this year, she said, "We made good use of what we could." Indiana is using Canvas, an online-course-management system, to create a three-step module with quizzes and videos to get students the information they would typically learn in orientation. Students will have Zoom meetings with academic advisers instead of in-person sessions. Every incoming student will speak one on one with, and attend synchronous question-and-answer sessions with, current students.

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VIDEO: COVID-19 makes life even more challenging for people with disabilities

July marked 30 years since President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. And while the U.S. has come far since then, the nation still has a long way to go when it comes to achieving health equity. The current public health crisis of COVID-19 has only exacerbated existing inequities for people with disabilities. Side Effects community engagement specialist Brittani Howell convened a conversion with Dr. Mary Ciccarelli, a clinical medicine and pediatrics professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine; Anastasia Helmich, Special Olympian and United Fitness Club leader; and Kevin Callaghan, Special Olympics athlete representative from Cass County. 

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Put to the test: COVID-19 screening is lacking in county, health official says

Craig Felty, vice president, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer of Hancock Regional Hospital, said the hospital's COVID-19 triage clinic was a result of the virus's initial wave and that lessons were learned about the process. ... Felty said the hospital has been administering about 65 COVID-19 tests a day. About 25 of those are run in-house, with results coming back within an hour or two. The rest get sent out to a laboratory. Normally results for those come back within two to three days, Felty said, but with the increased amount of testing, can take five to seven days. Brian Dixon, a professor at Indiana University's Fairbanks School of Public Health, said in July that he worries delays like that will hurt the ability to slow the spread of the virus. "If it takes an additional two to five days to confirm someone has COVID, it means the individual could potentially spread the virus to others before getting their lab result,” Dixon said. "If we ask these individuals to stay home until their lab result comes back, people will be forced to be off work for a longer period of time while they wait for their results.”


Kansas teachers could owe their schools thousands if they quit over coronavirus concerns

All the unknowns could change whether or not courts enforce the buyout clauses. Indiana University business law professor Julie Manning Magid said many of the contracts were signed nearly a year ago. So much about teaching today has changed since then that courts could decide the contracts are no longer binding. But the coronavirus could also bolster a school district's argument that teachers should pay even some of the highest fees. It's easier to justify those replacement costs because it's that much harder -- and expensive -- today to find someone willing to teach in a school building. "The current pandemic situation and trying to reopen schools is a new wrinkle in a way," Magid said, "that I'm sure these clauses have never been tested."

Indianapolis Business Journal

This is not the time for economic idealogues

Written by Sheila Suess Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. I have seen a fair number of articles suggesting that -- if elected -- Joe Biden should pattern his economic approach on that of Franklin Roosevelt. FDR was no ideologue; he was pragmatic. When he assumed office, he was faced with an economic situation for which there were no obvious remedies, and he was willing to try anything that would work under the circumstances. As David Brooks recently reminded us in a column from The New York Times, FDR's administration had a strong anti-ideological bias, coupled with a willingness to experiment.


COVID-19 challenges unifying college athletes, IU business professor says

If you would have asked Nathaniel Grow, a professor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, to predict the issue most likely to unify major-college athletes, his answer would have been this: #NotThisIssue. A nationally recognized expert in sports law, Grow said that he believed when players actually flashed their leverage, it would be threatening not to play. Instead, by creating the thunderous social media vibe with the #WeWantToPlay hashtag Sunday night, they looked more unified than ever. Maybe they can make administrators pause, listen and consider their plea not to cancel the 2020 season because of concerns about the novel coronavirus. "It's interesting," Grow said. "People have been waiting for that -- I think for years -- for these players to finally flex their muscles a little bit in terms of demanding their voices be heard. It's interesting this is the situation that actually brought it about."

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