Since the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health have shared their expertise to help keep the public informed about the virus, mitigation strategies, and other related public health topics. This page contains news articles, podcasts, and other relevant content from Michigan Public Health experts.
Produced by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Population Healthy is a podcast that digs into important public health topics that impact our everyday lives. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, listen as experts come together for this special podcast season to discuss the impact of the virus on public health.
The Swiss Cheese Metaphor: Protecting Ourselves and Others from Coronavirus
When it comes to COVID-19, no single protection — like wearing masks, washing your hands, or social distancing — is 100% effective at preventing infection. The ‘Swiss cheese’ metaphor helps explain how stacking these practices together can help us protect ourselves and others, and reduce the spread of the virus, as states reopen and we return to public spaces, family, and friends.
Returning to Work Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Public health includes both protecting people from coronavirus AND getting people back to work as safely as possible. They are not mutually exclusive. Without a vaccine, we must use other layers of protection, called "stacked practices." This short animated video explains the stacked practices we all need to take as we begin returning to work, based on the research and expertise of Michigan Public Health faculty. By following these measures together, we can get back to work swiftly and safely. Without them, we’ll be jeopardizing our health and our economy.
Explaining the Spread of Coronavirus with an Iceberg Analogy
The transmission of coronavirus is like an iceberg: what you can't see can hurt you. Many people infected with the disease show few or no symptoms, but as carriers, they can still infect others. This short video from the University of Michigan School of Public Health helps explain why "stay at home" and "social distancing" directives are imperative to stop the spread of coronavirus.
How Coronavirus Infections Show Up (or Don't) in a Population
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to who is infected with coronavirus and who is capable of transmitting it. Testing in China tells us that many more people exhibit mild or no symptoms than those who show symptoms. Learn more about the "continuum of infection in a population" in this short video, narrated by Dr. Sharon Kardia, professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
All about Coronavirus: A Video for Kids and Their Families
Children are naturally curious, even when facing difficult challenges. This video was created by the University of Michigan School of Public Health for children and their families to share what we know about the coronavirus and outline proven public health methods for personal and community protection.
Michigan Public Health has created a companion guide for families to go with this video
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About Our Research
Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health are actively working on research projects related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 research page for more information and a full list of projects.
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