April 02, 2020

In the News

  1. April 2, 2020
    • Headshot of Marianne Udow-Phillips

    “All hospitals are challenged. Rural hospitals have huge cash issues. They have very thin if any cash margin, so they don’t have what they need to weather the ups and downs,” said Marianne Udow-Phillips, executive director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation, on the existential threat the coronavirus crisis poses to small, independent and rural hospitals across Michigan.

    Bridge Magazine
  2. April 2, 2020

    As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to spike, American health care workers will likely face agonizing decisions on how to ration care — and soon. “Doctors who have dedicated their careers to helping people now have to turn people away. It’s dreadful. It’s really on all of us to pull together so that we don’t force these horrible triage choices,” said Elizabeth Anderson, professor of philosophy.

  3. April 2, 2020
    • Headshot of Nora Krinitsky

    “Due to the built environment of prisons and issues of overcrowding, it is extremely difficult to practice recommended social distancing or isolate yourself if you are sick. … Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti — the only women’s prison in the state — houses over 2,200 women but only has capacity for 1,100,” said Nora Krinitsky, director of the U-M Carceral State Project and Prison Creative Arts Project.

    Detroit Metro Times
  4. April 1, 2020
    • Photo of Vivek Sankaran

    “One thing that jumps out: The system’s inability to move forward when courts shut down. The courts don’t have the technology to hold virtual hearings, case files aren’t available electronically. There’s almost this sense of paralysis,” said Vivek Sankaran, who directs the Law School’s Child Advocacy Law Clinic, on the havoc that the coronavirus has wreaked on the child welfare system.

    The New York Times
  5. April 1, 2020
    • Photo of Nejat Seyhun

    “They are just being prudently cautious since volatility has shot up and the range of possibilities is much wider now than two months ago. It makes perfect sense to hold off at this time,” said Nejat Seyhun, professor of finance, on the fact that some chief Wall Street strategists have suspended their year-end targets on the S&P 500 due to the unprecedented economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.

  6. April 1, 2020
    • Headshot of Melissa Creary

    “I think it’s super important to collect information around race when it comes to COVID-19. But given the history of the United States, it’s easy to see how the data around race could lead to more stigmatizing and damaging effects down the line,” said Melissa Creary, assistant professor of health management and policy, regarding the release of demographic data on Detroiters and Michiganders who have the coronavirus.

    Michigan Radio
  7. March 31, 2020
    • Headshot of Kerin Borland

    “The hope is that we will get through this unusual circumstance and move forward. Employers don’t want to have to start from scratch in terms of building relationships with students,” said Kerin Borland, director of the University Career Center, who noted that recruiters have continued to interview students over video chat and that an in-person job fair at U-M was turned into a digital format.

    The New York Times
  8. March 31, 2020
    • Headshot of Josh Petrie

    “There’s a lot of surveillance that goes on for influenza every year, and so if we were seeing a lot of coronavirus activity at that time — even if you couldn’t test for it — you would see signals in that influenza surveillance,” said Josh Petrie, assistant research professor of epidemiology, on the claims by some Americans that they may have had coronavirus last November and December.

    USA Today
  9. March 31, 2020
    • Headshot of Ben Safdi

    Research from Ben Safdi, assistant professor of physics, and colleagues appears to rule out dark matter as producing an unidentified astronomical X-ray emission line. “If this 3.5 keV line was coming from dark matter, since there is dark matter in our own galaxy, we should have seen it.”

  10. March 30, 2020
    • Headshot of Susan Dorr Goold

    “These kinds of disasters exacerbate existing inequities. In other words, the people who were already worse off are likely to get even worse off,” said Susan Dorr Goold, a professor of internal medicine, and health management and policy, in a story about the impact of the coronavirus on residents in rural northern Michigan, many of whom are elderly and have low incomes and poor health.

    Bridge Magazine