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December 26, 2020

OSU professor says proof of vaccination papers 'not a new concept'

While only essential employees are currently able to get the coronavirus vaccine, health professionals believe large corporations are exploring their options about if they will require proof of vaccination in order for people to use their services. Read full story at KATU News.

November 23, 2020

Smart tips for holiday travel during COVID-19

The safest thing to do for yourself and others is to stay home. But we also have to balance the mental health effects of a long pandemic. Read full story at Synergies.

November 14, 2020

How Taiwan beat Covid-19

The high-tech island nation has had a good pandemic, quickly squashing the virus without a national lockdown. What did Taiwan get right? Read full story at WIRED U.K..

November 11, 2020

Governor Kate Brown Issues a Plea for Oregonians to Stay With Their Household. Will It Work?

As nine Oregon counties head into a two-week “pause,” what got us here and what does it mean? Read full story at Portland Monthly.

November 10, 2020

'Pumping the brakes': Why health experts say Oregon's two-week pause has to work

Gov. Brown reiterated Tuesday that the “pause,” which will impact nine counties, is the state’s best hope at slowing the spread of the virus. Watch video at KGW8.

November 6, 2020

How COVID-19 deteriorates social connectedness and exacerbates health disparities in vulnerable populations

Assistant Professor Jonathan Garcia, CPHHS doctoral student Nancy Vargas and CPHHS alum Cynthia De La Torre, BS ’20, led the discussion and are each involved in ENLACE, which stands for Engaging the Next Latinx Allies for Change and Equity. This program builds solidarity and amplifies youth voices, connecting Latinx and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth in fighting social isolation. Watch full webcast at Synergies.

November 2, 2020

Get Your Flu Shot: It Might Shield You From Severe COVID

"One thing we do know is that flu shots are effective in preventing flu," Chi said. "And when a person is infected with the flu, her/his immune system will be weakened. Under such conditions, the person is more vulnerable to infection with COVID-19 and, if infected, [outcomes] tend to be more serious." Read full story at U.S. News and World Report.

October 26, 2020

Health professionals urging people to re-think holiday gatherings

"We have been in this pandemic for more than half a year, and by now many people are already developing a level of pandemic fatigue," Chi said. "I know it’s extremely important. Particularly, we have been in this for a long time, and mentally it’s important to meet with family, but we want to meet with family safely." Watch full story at KATU News.

October 18, 2020

Health professional warns coronavirus survivors of possible re-infection

For months, people all across the country have been taking measures to prevent themselves from getting the coronavirus. Now health professionals are warning survivors of the of the virus that they could catch it again. Watch full story at KATU News.

October 11, 2020

As Oregon hits coronavirus case milestones, experts concerned ahead of rainy season

"The disease is airborne and particularly indoors, there is no safety distance," Professor Chunhuei Chi explained. "The aerosol that carries the virus can mingle. If it’s not well ventilated, they can linger on for several hours. They can evenly distribute throughout indoors." Watch full story at KATU News.

September 29, 2020

Coronavirus Today: Kids are not immune

Inspired by this news, I asked Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University, to tell me how safe it was to bring a kid to a playground. Read full story at Los Angeles Times.

September 15, 2020

9 Tips to Help Your Child Wear a Mask

Wearing and seeing masks can be frustrating or scary for young children. Here are some ways to help your child understand and get used to them. Read more at PBS KIDS for Parents.

September 15, 2020

Wildfire smoke is likely to leave millions of people more vulnerable to flu and the coronavirus this fall

Wildfire smoke contains particulate matter that can penetrate deep into the lungs and spread through the bloodstream. Read full story at Business Insider.

August 11, 2020

Taiwan Has Had 7 Coronavirus Deaths. Here's How

"Such legislation is vital during a pandemic, for without such legal foundation, most nations in Europe and the U.S. and Canada ended up in endless debates and not able to take effective actions in time," said Professor Chunhuei Chi. Read full story at Newsweek.

August 7, 2020

Lincoln County Extension builds coalition to inform Latino and indigenous communities about COVID-19

The effort has focused on providing urgent video communications in Spanish and Mam – a language spoken by more than a half-million people in Guatemala – in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the county. Read full story at Synergies.

August 4, 2020

How to Stay Physically, but Not Emotionally, Distant with Kindergarten and Pre-K Students

Social distancing poses several challenges for younger children whose physical and emotional needs differ from older kids. Educators have identified ways to keep kids safe while giving them the environment needed to learn and feel cared for. Read more at KQED.

August 4, 2020

Study: Most Americans don’t have enough assets to withstand 3 months without income

The implications of these findings have become starkly apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, says David Rothwell, lead author on the study. Read full story at Synergies.

July 29, 2020

Oregon: Feds leave, virus remains

Oregon and other states have made no effort to properly quarantine or isolate people who have no or mild symptoms, Chi said. He estimates that this group of people can contribute to between 50 to 75 percent of new infections because they ignore orders to isolate or can’t get tested in the first place. Read full story at Politico.

July 24, 2020

COVID-19 unmasked: Answers to frequent virus questions

Chunhuei Chi, the director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University, addressed some of the misconceptions, falsehoods and questions surrounding COVID-19 in the mid-valley. Read full story at The Albany Democrat Herald.

July 23, 2020

Public health professor shares COVID-19 expertise to help keep people safe

Reporters seek his insight on the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus, compared with other countries’ responses, as well as his recommendations for proper mask use and how quickly people should return to public activity. Read full story at Synergies.

July 08, 2020

You may be carrying COVID-19 into your home on your shoes

One health expert warns, as more and more stores open up, we should all be taking at least one very important step when it comes to our shoes. Watch video at KGW8.

June 25, 2020

Reopenings, record cases and full hospitals: America’s dissonant response to the pandemic

Americans are living through a split-screen pandemic: Their leaders are relaxing restrictions while their states set records for new infections and hospitalizations. Read full story at The Washington Post.

June 19, 2020

Portland restaurants and bars can reopen Friday: Here are 5 things you need to know

Health experts including Professor Chunhuei Chi have advised that it’s generally safer for Oregonians to eat out if they live in counties with a relatively low number of cases or no cases at all, and that “the general public should not have a false sense of security” when visiting restaurants and bars. Read full story at The Oregonian.

June 12, 2020

Right time, right place, right researcher

Jeff Bethel has found his moment. For him, and others in public health, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the work they do every day, work that happens behind the scenes and isn’t visible until disease or disaster strikes. Read full story at Synergies.

June 2, 2020

Oregon’s emergency child care workforce remains diverse, but COVID worries persist

A report on Oregon’s emergency child care during the COVID-19 pandemic shows that the workforce matches the racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the non-emergency workforce. Read full story at Synergies.

May 27, 2020

Research group advocates prioritizing recess as schools look ahead to students’ return

Recess is a crucial time for kids to engage in physical activity, as well as practice their social and emotional regulation skills. And it’s going to be an integral part of allowing kids to recover from the stress and even trauma wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read full story at Synergies.

May 25, 2020

What you need to know about hair, nail salons: The Oregonian/OregonLive’s guide to reopening

But it’s not always practical for customers to wear masks while getting their hair cut and that could put employees and other patrons at risk. Read full story at The Oregonian.

May 22, 2020

Overwhelmed working from home and home-schooling? Expert says you're not alone

"To them we're there and we're at home and it's hard for them to see that their job is to go to school at home somehow and our job is to somehow work from home and so it's really hard to do both of those things." Watch video at KGW8.

May 22, 2020

OSU expands COVID-19 prevalence study to Bend; also will analyze wastewater

TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking Oregon State University project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, is expanding to include two days of sampling in Bend. At the same time, wastewater samples also will be analyzed for genetic evidence. Watch video at KTVZ.

May 16, 2020

So you really want to see your friends? Here's how to assess the risk

You’ve stayed at home long enough and want to socialize with your friends. Here’s how you can gather without putting your health -- or theirs -- in jeopardy. Read full story at Los Angeles Times.

May 15, 2020

Taiwan beat covid-19 and won friends. At the WHO, it’s still fighting for a seat at the table.

Taipei is winning new influence due to its pandemic response and diplomatic outreach, but its full participation in world health affairs remains stymied by politics. Read full story at The Washington Post.

May 13, 2020

Deschutes County health and medical metrics for reopening ready to go

Deschutes County has met the health and medical checkpoints for reopening, but still is awaiting the governor’s approval. Read full story at Bend Bulletin.

May 12, 2020

Ask An Expert: How OSU's study is determining coronavirus prevalence

We’re learning more about a study being done in Corvallis, where researchers are going door to door and testing residents for coronavirus to find its prevalence in the community. Jeffery Bethel from Oregon State University joined us via video conference Tuesday to answer questions about the research. Watch video at KATU.

May 12, 2020

Wellness Agents Beavers Cover Campaign

Dietetics student Jenny Randall – and her dog – are featured in the Beavers Cover campaign video encouraging the use of face masks.

May 11, 2020

OSU trace project initial results are in

OSU researchers are continuing a unique project to track COVID-19 in Corvallis, Oregon. Watch video at KGW8.

May 7, 2020

How the pandemic is hurting older adults

Due to COVID-19, the public discourse has reverted to one in which older adults are viewed as monolithically weak, frail and unproductive. This ageist and untrue portrayal is damaging and may lead to policy actions that harm the aging population. Read full opinion piece at the Gazette-Times.

May 7, 2020

TRACE first week’s results suggest two people per 1,000 in Corvallis were infected with SARS-CoV-2

Results from the first weekend of door-to-door sampling suggest that about two people per 1,000 in the Corvallis community had the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 when they were tested. Read full story at OSU News and Research Communications.

May 6, 2020

Public Health Experts Praise Gov. Kate Brown’s Approach to Reopening Oregon. They Also Think It Could Be Improved.

Any timetable—in Portland or elsewhere—will depend on whether that area meets benchmarks for testing and tracing people who might have the virus. Read full story at Willamette Week.

May 2, 2020

Proximity to Portland air polluters puts minorities at risk for coronavirus complications, researchers say

“The things we’ve done in the past are not just gone from our bodies,” he said. “They affect how we manage the acute respiratory effects of COVID-19.” Read full story at The Oregonian.

April 28, 2020

Parenting specialist provides support for foster families from afar despite social distancing

In the absence of physical community gatherings, Sektnan put together a list of links to resources that would be helpful for families during this new and difficult time. Read full story at Life at OSU.

April 15, 2020

Masks still voluntary in Oregon as other states increasingly require them to slow coronavirus spread

New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles have all required masks to enter businesses. Oregon has not. Read full story at The Oregonian.

April 14, 2020

Oregon joins Washington, California in pledge to coordinate reopening from coronavirus shutdown

The three West Coast governors pushed back after President Trump said the decision would be his. Read full story at The Oregonian.

April 13, 2020

Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus

In order to determine the states that are most and least aggressive in their efforts to limit exposure to coronavirus, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 51 unique metrics. Read full story at WalletHub.

April 10, 2020

We can’t shelter in place forever: How the coronavirus lockdown might end

The coronavirus changed our lives. Health experts discuss how we might get back to normal. Read full story at The L.A. Times.

April 9, 2020

Taiwan Is Exporting Its Coronavirus Successes to the World

“Taiwan used the language and terminology of fighting a war,” said Chunhuei Chi. “With that mentality came extreme policy.” Read full story at Foreign Policy.

April 8, 2020

Coronavirus in Oregon: How to properly care for and clean homemade masks

New CDC guidelines suggest wearing homemade, cloth masks in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read full story at KGW8.

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus could leave U.S. with a lasting imprint: Masks as normal part of life

'We may be moving gently at this point toward the Asian culture,' one health expert says of everyday mask-wearing. Read full story at the Los Angeles Times.