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

  • U.S. could see 100,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, Fauci says (STAT) | June 30, 2020
  • CDC director: Covid-19 has ‘brought this nation to its knees’ (CNN) | June 23, 2020
  • Amid confusion about reopening, an expert explains how to assess COVID-19 risk (National Public Radio) | June 17, 2020

Susan Arnold

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

Jeff Bender

  • Long Prairie beef processor among latest swept by COVID-19, despite significant prevention (Minnesota Public Radio) | June 10, 2020
  • 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 Today – Eau Claire, WI) | March 28, 2020

Lynn Blewett

Jon Christianson

  • COVID-19 forces closure of health care collaborative in Minnesota (Star Tribune – Minneapolis, MN) | June 29, 2020

Ryan Demmer

  • As infections surge, reopenings stumble (MarketPlace) | June 29, 2020
  • Virus-proofing sports facilities presents a big challenge (The New York Times) | June 1, 2020
  • Why youth sports may have an easier time returning to action than the pros (USA Today) | May 20, 2020

Eva Enns

  • How the UMN COVID-19 model helps shape public policy (Minnesota Daily) | June 7, 2020
  • 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

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

  • How Covid-19 is changing the world’s children (BBC) | June 3, 2020
  • 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

  • On coronavirus, Americans still trust the experts (The New York Times) | June 27, 2020
  • How Concerned Are Americans About Coronavirus So Far? (FiveThirtyEight) | March 13, 2020

Rachel Hardeman

Craig Hedberg

  • What the Minnesota Health Department hopes to learn from COVID-19 blood tests (MinnPost – Minneapolis, MN) | June 12, 2020
  • 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

Carrie Henning-Smith

  • ‘Volatile stew’ of factors could see COVID-19 spike in rural United States: expert (CBC News – CAN) | June 12, 2020
  • In some SC counties, hospital beds are filling up. Is the coronavirus to blame? (The Island Packet – Bluffton, SC) | June 9, 2020
  • Rural America could see dramatic rise in mental health issues and suicides, experts say (The Daily Yonder) | June 1, 2020

Katy Kozhimannil

  • Providing in a pandemic: The challenges of rural maternity care just got more difficult (The Daily Yonder) | June 24, 2020
  • 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 

  • Managing COVID-19 is part of the new business reality for Thief River Falls’ DigiKey (Minnesota Public Radio) | June 9, 2020
  • 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

Gary Schwitzer

  • Science by press release: When the story gets ahead of the science (CNN) | June 27, 2020
  • How can reporters responsibly cover preliminary research on COVID-19 drugs and vaccines? (Center for Health Journalism – University of Southern California) | June 4, 2020
  • How coronavirus is revealing the problems with ‘fast science.’ (Los Angeles Times) | May 26, 2020
  • Why reporters need to carefully assess the evidence on COVID-19 (Global Investigative Journalism Network) | May 13, 2020

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
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Jaime Slaughter-Acey

  • What 10 public health experts want you to know about protesting in the middle of a pandemic (Self) | June 18, 2020
  • Police brutality and Covid-19 are both public health crises (Vox) | June 1, 2020

Kumi Smith

  • TPG’s safe travel guide: How to minimize risk on your summer vacation (The Points Guy) | June 30, 2020
  • Black Americans have been hit hardest by COVID-19 — here’s why (Everyday Health) | June 22, 2020
  • Will the protests roiling America fuel new coronavirus outbreaks? (Everyday Health) | June 9, 2020
  • These parents won’t let kids return to school until there’s a coronavirus vaccine (New York Post) | May 26, 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 user’s guide to drive-in movie theaters: Staying safe and having fun (USA Today) | June 11, 2020
  • The education of a public health worker (UMN Alumni Association) | June 10, 2020
  • A new public health crisis: caring for older adults living in nursing homes, assisted living and senior care (MinnPost – Minneapolis, MN) | April 29, 2020

Rachel Widome

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

Joel Wu 

  • Lessons from a bioethicist (TPT Almanac – St. Paul, MN) | June 12, 2020
  • 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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