October 8 Weekly Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response

As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak. Once a week, we’ll post a round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We are also sharing these updates via our social media, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these weekly round-ups.

You can find all the Council’s information and resources related to the crisis in the special COVID-19 section of our website.  This includes our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar, which provides information on upcoming COVID-19 Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members, as well as our Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (October 8, 2020) roundup:

  • The American Hospital Association Provides Resources to Bolster the Wear a Mask Initiative – The American Hospital Association has released a number of sample social media posts and advertisements to target numerous demographics in support of their Wear a Mask campaign, designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.
  • MGH Finds that Workers Infected With COVID-19 Return to Work Faster Using Symptom-Related Methods – Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found that symptom and time-based methods are faster than test-based methods for determining when healthcare workers can return to work. Read more here.
  • Dana-Farber Releases Study Showcasing Global Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Treatment – Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have published the most comprehensive survey to date on the interrelation of cancer treatment and COVID-19. The study found that COVID-19 has had a profound impact on cancer treatment and has spurred creative problem solving. Read more here.
  • MIT Tests Wastewater to Aid in COVID-19 Detection – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has begun testing wastewater from campus buildings for traces COVID-19 to see if it is an effective method to detect COVID-19 outbreaks in the community. The data will be reported to MIT’s Covid Monitoring Team. Read more here.
  • Northeastern University Study Uncovers Why Pandemic Lingers in Some Locations – Researchers at Northeastern University’s Network Science Institute have found that population structure greatly effects the intensity of COVID-19 in an area, with tight-knit communities experiencing sharp rates of infection. Larger urban areas appear to have longer epidemics. Read more here.
  • Tufts Releases Guidance on How to Tell the Difference Between COVID-19 and the Flu – In anticipation of a potential “twindemic” Tufts University Medical School has outlined the differences and similarities between the two diseases, noting that loss of taste and smell are highly specific to COVID-19. The article also urges widespread use of the flu vaccine. Read more here.

Stay tuned for more updates each day, and follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates on how Council members are contributing to the response to this global health crisis.


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