Media Coverage

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Sarah Bjorkman, SPH Director of Communications
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Katie Ousley, U of M Public Relations Consultant
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Faculty experts in the media bring clarity and scientific knowledge to a range of topics critical to understanding and managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

View a complete list of SPH COVID-19 media coverage.

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Michael Osterholm

  • Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine (The Washington Post) | May 27, 2020
  • Fears of coronavirus second wave prompt Flu push at U.S. pharmacies, drugmakers (Reuters) | May 26, 2020
  • Coronavirus testing is ‘a mess’ in the US, report says (CNN) | May 21, 2020

Susan Arnold

  • Five-step plan for reopening business is put to the test in China (The Washington Post) | April 13, 2020

Jeff Bender

  • One More Thing: Farmers worry about coronavirus ahead of Spring planting  (KMSP TV – Minneapolis, MN) | March 29, 2020
  • Advice for ag producers on proceeding during outbreak (The Country TodayEau Claire, WI) | March 28, 2020
  • UMASH hosting webinar to inform producers and ag professionals on COVID-19 and proper farm responses (KEYC TV – Mankato, MN) | March 22, 2020

Lynn Blewett

  • Pandemic pushes more people into insurance market (Minnesota Public Radio) | May 27, 2020
  • Hospitals knew how to make money. Then coronavirus happened. (The New York Times) | May 15, 2020
  • Report: Arizona lagging behind in per capita health spending (Associated Press) | May 3, 2020

Ryan Demmer

  • Why youth sports may have an easier time returning to action than the pros (USA Today) | May 20, 2020
  • Health experts: Reopening businesses in Minnesota will spread COVID-19, but how much? (Star Tribune – Minneapolis, MN) | May 14, 2020
  • For the kids? Nation’s largest youth volleyball event to proceed in June despite concerns (USA Today) | May 13, 2020

Eva Enns

  • Latest MN modeling: Major effect of quarantine is delaying COVID-19 peak, not preventing it (Minnesota Public Radio) | May 14, 2020
  • 360 deaths or 22,000? Why Minnesota’s COVID-19 models are so different (Star Tribune – Minneapolis, MN) | April 25, 2020
  • Coronavirus in Minnesota: Researchers explain their method of predicting COVID-19’s potential deadliness (WCCO TV – Minneapolis, MN) | April 10, 2020

John Finnegan

  • Health In All Matters Podcast (Twin Cities Public Television) | April 10, 2020
  • School of Public Health launches COVID-19 podcast to combat misinformation (Minnesota Daily – University of Minnesota) | April 8, 2020
  • School of Public Health created pandemic “task force” in 2006, using findings today (The Minnesota Daily – University of Minnesota-TC) | April 6, 2020

Joe Gaugler

  • Minnesota nursing homes, already the site of 81% of COVID-19 deaths, continue taking in infected patients (Star Tribune – Minneapolis, MN) | May 19, 2020
  • What coronavirus could mean for the future of long-term care facilities in Minnesota (Minnesota Public Radio) | May 12, 2020
  • How to care for loved ones with memory loss during coronavirus outbreak (Wisconsin Public Radio) | April 28, 2020

Ezra Golberstein

  • Pandemic pushes more people into insurance market (Minnesota Public Radio) | May 27, 2020
  • We will have a devastating recession economy until there’s widespread coronavirus testing (USA Today) | March 25, 2020

Sarah Gollust

  • How Concerned Are Americans About Coronavirus So Far? (FiveThirtyEight) | March 13, 2020

Rachel Hardeman

Craig Hedberg

  • As restaurants gear up to reopen in Washington, the big question is, ‘Is it safe to go out to eat?’ (The Seattle Times – WA) | May 22, 2020
  • What’s The Summer Guide To Staying Safe Amid COVID-19? Good Question (WCCO TV – Minneapolis, MN) | May 20, 2020
  • Is it safe to go out to eat? (The New York Times) | May 15, 2020

Carrie Henning-Smith

  • Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots. (USA Today) | May 22, 2020
  • Washington community develops rural coronavirus testing model (Fox News) | May 18, 2020
  • Rural communities without a hospital struggle to fight rising coronavirus cases, deaths (USA Today) | May 15, 2020
  • Covid-19 epidemic severely undermines access to substance abuse help in rural America (Daily Yonder) | May 14, 2020

Katy Kozhimannil

  • These 3 charts show how rural health care was weakened even before COVID-19 (PBS Newshour) | May 14, 2020
  • Rural moms already have no place to go. The coronavirus will make the problem worse. (U.S. News & World Report) | April 28, 2020

Shalini Kulasingam

  • Latest MN modeling: Major effect of quarantine is delaying COVID-19 peak, not preventing it (Minnesota Public Radio) | May 14, 2020
  • 360 deaths or 22,000? Why Minnesota’s COVID-19 models are so different (Star Tribune – Minneapolis, MN) | April 25, 2020
  • Coronavirus in Minnesota: Researchers explain their method of predicting COVID-19’s potential deadliness (WCCO TV – Minneapolis, MN) | April 10, 2020

Melissa Laska 

  • Gas stations depend on getting customers inside. Is that a problem right now? (Marketplace) | March 30, 2020

JP Leider 

  • When the going gets tough, the tough must be ethical (JPHMP Direct) | April 1, 2020
  • Getting creative but remaining rigorous and scientific in responding to a pandemic (JPHMP Direct) | March 25, 2020
  • What’s the Deal with Public Health Funding? (JPHMP) | March 16, 2020

Donna McAlpine

  • Isolation a risk for vulnerable populations (Southwest Journal – Minneapolis, MN) | April 21, 2020
  • Your View: How to stay socially connected while physically apart (The Morning Call) | April 2, 2020

Jude Mikal 

  • Managing your child’s social media ‘hygiene’ during a time of social distancing (KARE TV – Minneapolis, MN) | May 26, 2020
  • Social media as a 21st-century emergency broadcast system (MinnPost – Minneapolis, MN) | May 1, 2020
  • Screens in the time of COVID (Minnesota Parent) | April 27, 2020

Ruby Nguyen

  • Arrests drop in Duluth, St. Louis County, though crime rates persist (Star Tribune – Minneapolis, MN) | April 29, 2020

Peter Raynor 

  • Good Question: Can air conditioning put us at risk for COVID-19? (WCCO TV – Minneapolis, MN) | May 18, 2020
  • We asked doctors: Should you wear gloves to protect yourself from the coronavirus? (Allure Magazine) | May 13, 2020
  • Despite deep cleaning, experts still advocate social distancing, other safe practices (Newsday) | May 7, 2020

Gary Schwitzer

Kelly Searle

  • The Risk List: Here’s what you face in each training scenario (Triathlete) | May 26, 2020
  • Are Minnesotans better at social distancing? (The Timberjay – Tower, MN) | April 8, 2020
  • Parkways around Lake Harriet to close to free space during stay-at-home order (Southwest Journal – Minneapolis, MN) | March 27, 2020

Tetyana Shippee

  • A new public health crisis: caring for older adults living in nursing homes, assisted living and senior care (MinnPost – Minneapolis, MN) | April 29, 2020

Kumi Smith

  • These parents won’t let kids return to school until there’s a coronavirus vaccine (New York Post) | May 26, 2020
  • Your very detailed guide to safe summer road trips (Medium) | May 21, 2020
  • Weighing risks in parks (Southwest Journal – Minneapolis, MN) | May 18, 2020

Gillian Tarr

  • Minnesotans slip in social distancing measures as confirmed virus cases rise (Pioneer Press – St. Paul, MN) | May 10, 2020

Beth Virnig 

  • A new public health crisis: caring for older adults living in nursing homes, assisted living and senior care (MinnPost – Minneapolis, MN) | April 29, 2020
  • As coronavirus spreads, here’s what you can do (Medium) | April 12, 2020

Rachel Widome

  • The coronavirus has made it obvious. Teenagers should start school later. (The New York Times) | May 27, 2020

Joel Wu 

  • Discussing the ethics of hydroxychloroquine prescriptions for COVID-19 prevention (KARE 11 – Minneapolis, MN) |  May 19, 2020
  • ‘Really hard’ ethical choices may be needed if coronavirus cases exceed health care capacity (St. Paul Pioneer Press – MN) | March 28, 2020

Rebecca Wurtz

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