March 30, 2020

In the News

  1. March 20, 2020
    • Sue Anne Bell

    Sue Anne Bell, assistant professor of nursing, says hanging out with even one or two other people is still riskier than being alone: “100, 50, 10 — the number doesn’t matter — it only takes one person to spread the (coronavirus). … Just stay home right now — avoid any crowds, limit your interactions to essential needs, like groceries or the pharmacy.”

    Business Insider
  2. March 19, 2020
    • Headshot of Margaret Dewar

    “In this emergency, people need to be able to stay in their homes. Tax foreclosure would have threatened owner-occupants and renters with losing a place to stay and would have increased their risk of contracting the coronavirus and spreading it to others,” said Margaret Dewar, professor emerita of urban and regional planning, on the announcement by Wayne County officials that they will halt all foreclosures this year and suspend evictions in Detroit.

    The Detroit News
  3. March 19, 2020
    • Headshot of Patricia Deldin

    Patricia Deldin, professor of psychology and psychiatry, discussed the psychological impact of the coronavirus and how we can manage feelings of fear and anxiety. She recommends maintaining social relationships as much as possible through social media, texts and phone calls, eating healthy and exercising, and attending to self-care and self-compassion.

  4. March 19, 2020
    • Photo of Nicholas Bagley

    “Already, reports of people who have received eye-popping bills for coronavirus testing or emergency room visits are circulating. As these stories proliferate, people will become even more reluctant to get tested or treated when they should. … It’s a national disgrace that the United States didn’t ban surprise bills in a time of relative prosperity and security,” co-wrote Nicholas Bagley, professor of law.

    The New York Times
  5. March 18, 2020
    • Headshot of Sandro Cinti

    “It seems like a terrible thing to say, but if you have mild symptoms, or you’re not immunocompromised, if you’re under the age of 70, going in will only put other people at risk. You (have an) 80 percent chance or more of doing just fine on your own at home,” said Sandro Cinti, professor of infectious diseases and internal medicine, on the selectivity of who gets tested for the coronavirus at Michigan’s clinics and hospitals.

    Bridge Magazine
  6. March 18, 2020
    • Christopher Friese

    “Will patients who are indicated for testing actually be able to get tested? There are ample credible reports that is not the case presently. If patients still cannot get tested, the website is nothing more than lipstick on a pig,” said Christopher Friese, professor of nursing, and health management and policy, commenting on a nationwide coronavirus testing website currently being developed by Google and the federal government.

  7. March 18, 2020
    • Photo of Luke Shaefer

    “Many low-earning hourly workers don’t have the option to work remotely, and this unexpected change in income will exacerbate challenges for families working hard to make ends meet. We may see increases in financial hardships such as delinquent bills,” said Luke Shaefer, professor of public policy and social work, and director of Poverty Solutions, on the economic impact of the coronavirus.

    Detroit Free Press
  8. March 17, 2020
    • Headshot of Romesh Nalliah
    • Photo of Chad Brummett

    Opioids are no better than other meds at quelling the pain of a pulled tooth, according to research by Romesh Nalliah, clinical professor of dentistry, and Chad Brummett, associate professor of anesthesiology and co-director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network. “I think we can almost eliminate opioid prescribing from dental practice. Of course, there are going to be some exceptions, like patients who can’t tolerate nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. I would estimate we can reduce opioid prescribing to about 10 percent of what we currently prescribe as a profession,” Nalliah said.

  9. March 17, 2020
    • Headshot of Todd Arnedt

    “Anxiety and insomnia are bad bedfellows; they often coexist. When we get anxious, that turns on what’s called the sympathetic nervous system, the nervous system that gets us anxious and prepares our body to fight or flight,” said Todd Arnedt, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology and director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program.

  10. March 17, 2020
    • Headshot of Joseph Eisenberg

    Joseph Eisenberg, professor of epidemiology and global public health, says testing is “the No. 1 issue that needs to be resolved right now” if the nation hopes to staunch the spread of COVID-19. “It is really hard to understand why they haven’t been prepared. … We’re really hampered by not having these tests to do something more systematic.”

    USA Today