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March 26, 2021
IU in the News is a daily review of the important news stories relating to Indiana University. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive gathering of news, and no editorial revisions are made to the content, which is presented as it was initially published or broadcast.

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AUDIO: Vaccine hesitancy and access issues

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout expands in Indiana, who still isn't getting vaccinated, and why? Today we talk about some of the lingering hesitancy around vaccination, especially in communities of color, and find out how access may play a role in the lower numbers we're seeing in some communities. We also talk about what local health departments are doing to encourage people to get their vaccines. Guests include Dr. Lauren Nephew, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Indianapolis Star

'A bad move': Health experts say Gov. Eric Holcomb is ending Indiana mask mandate too soon

While Holcomb said Wednesday one of three lessons he had learned in the past year was "data rules," four experts told the IndyStar that they could see no scientific justification for relaxing the mask mandate at this point in the pandemic. In fact, they cited a number of reasons not to do so, from new variants circulating to mini surges in other areas. Even waiting another month would make more sense than easing restrictions at this point, they said. "It just seems like we have run this marathon and we're 25 miles in and rather than wait for the last 100 meters to sprint to the end we are starting at a mile out," said Dr. Gabriel Bosslet,  a pulmonologist at the Indiana University School of Medicine who runs the Hoosier COVID-19 Update, a Facebook page with more than 40,000 followers. "It seems premature by such a relatively small amount that I don't understand the benefit." ... People need only look to Europe to see that the pandemic is far from over, said Nicolas Terry, executive director of the Hall Center for Law and Health at IU McKinney School of Law. For the past year, European countries have acted as canaries in the coal mine for what the United States may experience a few weeks to a month later. ... "There's some really worrying trends," said Terry, who is fully vaccinated and still double masks for an added layer of security. "It strikes me with respect to numbers we are early" in the decision to end masking.


COVID-19's misinformation wake-up call

At the start of the shut-downs last year -- when many aspects of the virus were still unknown -- some researchers were alarmed to see that people weren't dismissing bogus claims about COVID-19. "I thought people are surely going to be engaged in science and trust science now," said Jon Agley, associate professor in Indiana University's School of Public Health. He took an informal survey of a few hundred people and found he was wrong.

The Conversation

Domestic air travel does not appear to have been important vector for spread of COVID-19 in U.S.

Written by Jeff Prince, professor and chair of business economics and public policy, and Daniel Simon, associate professor of public affairs, Indiana University. Fear of flying and catching COVID-19 led to a massive decline in air travel in 2020. But an interesting question emerges: How much did air travel contribute to the early, and uneven, spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.? In a previous study currently undergoing peer review, we looked at the effect of air travel from Italy and China on the early spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and found while flights from Italy were an important source of exposure, ones from China were not. ... We are economics researchers with experience studying air travel. In a recent study that is beginning the peer review process, we examine whether air travel from early COVID-19 hot spots in the U.S. spread the virus to other parts of the country. The answer is no.

Side Effects Public Media

Breaking the cycle: Why poverty can be a closed loop with few chances for escape

In a big ballroom at Indiana University Southeast, sociologist Melissa Fry and her colleagues arranged tables with signs on them around the perimeter. Each station represented a certain service, including a school, a bank, a social services office, a grocery store and a hospital. "But then there's also like a payday loan kind of place. There's also a pawn shop," said Fry, the director of applied research and education center at IU Southeast. ... She has studied some of the state's poorest neighborhoods and found that there is a dearth of such essential services. "Quality childcare in low income markets is almost impossible, because the market doesn't work. There's no effective demand for high quality care, because people can't pay enough for high quality care," Fry said.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Column: Save Indiana's remaining wetlands, help halt SB 389

Written by Michael Hamburger and Matthew Houser, research scientists at Indiana University. One of Indiana's rare and endangered ecosystems is under threat from an ill-conceived piece of legislation that is being rushed through the Indiana Legislature. Senate Bill 389, now under consideration by the Indiana House, threatens decades of work to save and restore this rare Hoosier heritage. In the early 1800s, wetlands covered 25% of Indiana. The majority of these lands were sold off and drained for agriculture in the 19th century. Today, only 4% of Indiana's original wetland land cover remains. That last bit of Indiana heritage is now under threat.

South Bend Tribune

Suspect shot by Granger homeowner was hiding in shed and 'took off running'

A suspect fleeing police on Sunday hid in a "little shed" in Granger, saw someone shine a light inside and was shot sometime after he "took off running," according to court records. ... As Metro Homicide continues to investigate, it's unclear if the homeowner faces the possibility of being charged. Professors at Indiana University's law school say it's difficult to answer the question until more facts are known. ... IU law professor Joel Schumm said cases involving the defense of property, known as the castle doctrine, often come down to whether an owner's use of force was necessary to get another person off their land. "You can't just shoot a person because they're unlawfully on the land," Schumm said. "You have to have a reasonable belief that you have to use force."

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