Category: Coronavirus

COVID-19

Human Challenge Trials Could Deliver a Vaccine More Quickly

On May 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) published criteria for an ethically acceptable COVID-19 human challenge trial. By Oct. 20, the U.K. announced the world’s first of such a trial. To study the efficacy of vaccines on an accelerated timeline, the scientists overseeing the study will deliberately infect healthy volunteers with SARS-CoV-2, the virus [...]

Don’t Let Trump Fool You, a Vaccine Isn’t Ready

On Oct. 5, President Donald Trump returned to the White House after a three-day hospitalization at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Seemingly unbothered by his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, he quickly removed his mask to film a video outside the Oval Office. In this address, he stated, “the vaccines are coming momentarily,” undermining the severity [...]

Stop COVID Shaming Others. It’s Not Helping.

Social media shaming is the quintessential dehumanization machine: you can ruin someone’s life without ever having met them and evoke consequences you didn’t intend. People worldwide band together to form an angry mob that becomes the judge, the jury and the executioner — all without knowing the full story. This is no new concept. But [...]

Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis Warrants No Sympathy

On Oct. 2, the White House announced President Donald Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 and would receive care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During the two days he spent in hospital, many Democrats respectfully wished the president a speedy recovery. I don’t believe, however, that he was deserving of such respect. Trump [...]

America’s Forgotten Communities Need Health Equity

The U.S. was founded on the forced labor of enslaved Africans and Indigenous people. Today, this legacy of oppression endures in our health care system, and COVID-19 has only underscored the racism inherent therein.  COVID-19’s ruinous consequences — mass unemployment, a strained health care system, the deaths of nearly 210,000 Americans — are by now [...]

Emory, Stay Out of Our Sewage

In a Sept. 20 email to the Undergraduate Residential Center Building D residents, the Offices of Residence Life and Housing Operations and Student Health Services quietly acknowledged that the University has been testing wastewater from student-occupied apartments for COVID-19. Such behavior is a reprehensible and blatant violation of our right to individual privacy. Emory must [...]

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OPINION

Human Challenge Trials Could Deliver a Vaccine More Quickly

On May 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) published criteria for an ethically acceptable COVID-19 human challenge trial. By Oct. 20, the U.K. announced the world’s first of such a trial. To study the efficacy of vaccines on an accelerated timeline, the scientists overseeing the study will deliberately infect healthy volunteers with SARS-CoV-2, the virus [...]

Don’t Let Trump Fool You, a Vaccine Isn’t Ready

On Oct. 5, President Donald Trump returned to the White House after a three-day hospitalization at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Seemingly unbothered by his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, he quickly removed his mask to film a video outside the Oval Office. In this address, he stated, “the vaccines are coming momentarily,” undermining the severity [...]

Stop COVID Shaming Others. It’s Not Helping.

Social media shaming is the quintessential dehumanization machine: you can ruin someone’s life without ever having met them and evoke consequences you didn’t intend. People worldwide band together to form an angry mob that becomes the judge, the jury and the executioner — all without knowing the full story. This is no new concept. But [...]

Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis Warrants No Sympathy

On Oct. 2, the White House announced President Donald Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 and would receive care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During the two days he spent in hospital, many Democrats respectfully wished the president a speedy recovery. I don’t believe, however, that he was deserving of such respect. Trump [...]

America’s Forgotten Communities Need Health Equity

The U.S. was founded on the forced labor of enslaved Africans and Indigenous people. Today, this legacy of oppression endures in our health care system, and COVID-19 has only underscored the racism inherent therein.  COVID-19’s ruinous consequences — mass unemployment, a strained health care system, the deaths of nearly 210,000 Americans — are by now [...]

Emory, Stay Out of Our Sewage

In a Sept. 20 email to the Undergraduate Residential Center Building D residents, the Offices of Residence Life and Housing Operations and Student Health Services quietly acknowledged that the University has been testing wastewater from student-occupied apartments for COVID-19. Such behavior is a reprehensible and blatant violation of our right to individual privacy. Emory must [...]

Emory’s $7.94 Billion Endowment Fails Students in Need

You’ve probably noticed this semester looks just a tad different. Nearly everything about the Emory experience has changed, undergraduate tuition, however, hasn’t. In response to the dramatic downgrade from in-person to virtual learning, students at over 100 colleges have filed lawsuits demanding partial refunds, protesting that remote learning was an “inadequate substitute for the tens [...]

Make Friends, Not Hospital Visits

People need each other, and we always have. For millennia, philosophers have known “man [to be] by nature a social animal,” and in the last few centuries, modern medicine has systematized this understanding. That mental health has plummeted nationwide in the last nine months, then, should hardly come as a surprise. All of us are [...]

Make Election Day an Academic Holiday

The 2020 general election will be uniquely dangerous. Not since 1918 have Americans gone to the polls amid an unmitigated pandemic. With American democracy under attack by COVID-19, voter disenfranchisement, foreign nations and the president himself, students must vote like never before. So, Emory administrators, we urge you to designate Election Day an academic holiday [...]

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