The next COVID-19 Newsletter will route on December 5. In the new year, the newsletter will transition to a quarterly update. Look for the same great content in a new format.
COVID-19 Updates from the Fairbanks School of Public Health
COVID-19 Winter and Holiday Preparation
Because of COVID-19, this winter and holiday season is going to look different for most of us. Our experts are answering your questions about how to prepare for Halloween, the holidays and winter.
- Tips for safer trick-or-treating and spooky Halloween celebrations
- Ask the Experts: How Can I Have a Safe Holiday?
- Ask the Experts: How Can I Prepare for Winter?
New survey to provide insight into COVID-19 experience for Hispanics
It is fair to say that all Americans have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. But exactly how the virus has affected particular demographic groups who were already at a disadvantage is only beginning to emerge.
Researchers at Indiana University are working to gain a better understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting one of these groups: Hispanics/Latinos living in Indiana. The goal is to meet the clinical and public health challenges faced by this population group.
“Currently, data available are not detailed enough to characterize perceptions, knowledge and practices regarding COVID-19 among Hispanics,” said Gerardo Maupomé, professor and associate dean of research at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.
Stories from the Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students at the Fairbanks School of Public Health
The Fairbanks family have been on the frontlines responding to COVID-19. Our alumni, faculty, staff and students are juggling life, school and work while developing solutions that benefit unique populations affected by the pandemic.
- Fairbanks Student Joins Alumnus in Fulfilling Indiana Donor Network Mission
- Alumna Helps Hoosier Village Residents Adjust Amidst Pandemic
- Pandemic Leads MPH Student to a Remote Internship Like None Other
- Navigating Postpartum During a Pandemic: Staff Shares Her Story
- Researcher Receives Grant to Study Impact of COVID-19 on Indiana Firefighters
COVID-19 pandemic strengthens students' commitment to serve
The coronavirus pandemic hasn't just transformed how students take classes or engage in campus life; it's also fundamentally affected how some students regard their chosen fields of study, solidifying a commitment to careers in public health and health care.
In a few short months, students in the health sciences have watched as previously obscure public health agencies and experts have been transformed into household names. They've also seen countless images of heroic health care workers flood the media.
"Before the pandemic, nobody even knew what an epidemiologist was; now everyone thinks they're one," said Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. More seriously, he added, "it's really drawn in an intense interest to the field."
Grand Rounds: Public Health Impact of COVID-19
Fairbanks School of Public Health epidemiologist Thomas Duszynski shares the public health impact of COVID-19 in this Grand Rounds video with the Gastroenterology Program at the IU School of Medicine.
FSPH Experts in the News: COVID-19 (Sep. 22 - Oct. 31, 2020)
- Expert: Social responsibility required to slow COVID-19 spread
Herald-Times Online, Ocotber 26, 2020 | Thomas Duszynski
- Indiana’s reported COVID-19 case total hits daily high as close contact guidelines change
Fox59, October 22, 2020 | Shandy Dearth
- Stressing freedom, vaccine opponents rebranding in virus era
KIMA, October 22, 2020 | Ross Silverman
- While You Were Sleeping: Coronavirus updates for October 20
CBS4, October 20, 2020 | Brian Dixon
- Contact tracers spread thin
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, October 20, 2020 | Ashley Robertson
- Allen County health commissioner says people beginning to “relax” could be leading to rise in COVID-19 cases
WPTA, October 19, 2020 | Ashley Robertson
- IUFW study shows majority wear masks; cases continuing to rise
WANE, October 19, 2020 | Ashley Robertson
- Experts say Indiana’s surge in COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations ‘concerns us’
Fox 59, October 19, 2020 | Brian Dixon
- Indiana's biggest county looks to hire 200 more contact tracers as COVID-19 cases rise
WDRB, October 19, 2020 | Shandy Dearth and Randall Seefeldt
- Why COVID-19 Cases Are Spiking Across The Midwest
WFYI, October 19, 2020 | Brian Dixon
- Health expert weighs in on COVID testing following positive, then negative Colts cases
Fox 59, October 16, 2020 | Thomas Duszynski
- New state data gives insight into which Indiana schools have been hit hardest by COVID-19
IndyStar, October 16, 2020 | Brian Dixon
- Coronavirus, Obamacare, public health policies: Where the candidates for governor differ
IndyStar, October 15, 2020 | Ross Silverman
- ISDH says many infected Hoosiers won’t answer COVID-19 contact tracing questions
WTHR, October 15, 2020 | Andrea Janota
- Gov. Holcomb says Indiana will stay at Stage 5 of reopening plan
IndyStar, October 14, 2020 | Joshua Vest
- COVID-19: Issue of masks adds a new element to political campaigns
Star Press, October 13, 2020 | Thomas Duszynski
- Will COVID-19 Trigger More Rural Hospital Closures?
WFYI, October 12, 2020, | Nir Menachemi and Valerie Yeager
- ‘A little bit of dread’: Despite IU’s efforts, immunocompromised students are scared
Indiana Daily Student, October 9, 2020 | Thomas Duszynski
- Experts aim to predict trajectory of COVID deaths in coming months
IBJ, October 9, 2020 | Brian Dixon and Paul Halverson
- First Statewide, Random Sample Study of COVID-19 Fatality IDs Risk by Age, Gender and Ethnicity
BioSpace, October 6, 2020 | Justin Blackburn and Nir Menachemi
- Why some say Indiana’s school COVID-19 dashboard is missing critical information
Chalkbeat, October 6, 2020 | Thomas Duszynski
- LETTER: Death isn’t only COVID measure that matters
IBJ, October 2, 2020 | Nir Menachemi
- More than a million calls, texts made to find Hoosiers for contact tracing
WISH-TV, October 2, 2020 | Thomas Duszynski
- Professors: Trump's infection 'changes the narrative'
Tribune-Star, October 2, 2020 | Thomas Duszynski
- Stage Directions
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, September 30, 2020 | Brian Dixon
- First statewide COVID-19 study to include children
WTHR, September 29, 2020 | Nir Menachemi
- What Has COVID-19 Revealed About Our Public Health Systems?
WFYI's All In, September 28, 2020 | Brian Dixon and Paul Halverson
- Statewide COVID-19 Testing Set To Begin Third Phase, Include Children
NPR Lakeshore Public Radio, September 28, 2020 | Nir Menachemi
- What Is The Death Rate For Covid-19 Coronavirus? What This Study Found
Forbes, September 26, 2020 | Justin Blackburn, Constantin Yiannoutsos, Paul Halverson, Nir Menachemi
- Privacy Concerns Hindering Digital Contact Tracing
WebMD, September 25, 2020 | Ross Silverman
- What public health experts say about Indiana's move to Stage 5: 'Not out of the woods'
IndyStar, September 25, 2020 | Joshua Vest
- Healthcare experts weigh in on moving into Stage 5, lifting capacity limitations
Fox 59, September 24, 2020 | Shandy Dearth
- Phase 3 of COVID study set to begin
WISH TV, September 24, 2020 | Nir Menachemi
Share Your Story
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a myriad of public health efforts that can easily go unnoticed. If you have volunteered, worked on a project, conducted research, or completed any unique effort related to COVID-19, and would like to share it with the Fairbanks School of Public Health, we would love to hear from you.
The impact you make goes far and can inspire others!
Students: How Can We Support You?
The best part of our school is you. Each of you chose public health and health administration because you wanted to make a difference in the world. We hope you will take a minute to let us know how we can support you during these unprecedented times.
View Previous Issues of This Newsletter
This is the fourth issue of our COVID-19 update newsletter. Previous issues of our newsletter are available on our website.
If you believe you have COVID-19
IU Health has launched a virtual clinic to offer individuals in Indiana regardless of age free Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings using the IU Health Virtual Visit app. Staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers and registered nurses, the clinic will screen patients from home, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares or emergency departments.