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This section contains regularly updated highlights of the news from around The Johns Hopkins University. Links to the complete news reports from the nine schools, the Applied Physics Laboratory and other centers and institutes are to the left, as are links to help news media contact the Johns Hopkins communications offices.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Computer Scientist Available To Discuss Modeling COVID Community Spread, Including From White House Rose Garden Event

Johns Hopkins University computer scientist Anton Dahbura is available to speak to the media about a tool to simulate how COVID-19 can spread through communities – a method the team recently applied to model multiple scenarios based on the White House Rose Garden event last month.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Hosts Virtual Fireside Chat with Anthony Fauci

A virtual fireside chat with Anthony Fauci will launch the Johns Hopkins University’s Health Policy Forum, a new quarterly series of discussions providing a platform for JHU students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage in dialogues with Washington leaders around interdisciplinary health policy issues.

Vaccine Opposition Online Uniting Around ‘Civil Liberties’ Argument

Anti-vaccination discourse on Facebook increased in volume over the last decade, with opposition to vaccines coalescing around the argument that refusing to vaccinate is a civil right, according to a new study published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

Lauren Gardner Named To TIME 100 List Of World’s Most Influential People Of 2020

TIME named a Johns Hopkins University professor to its 2020 list of the 100 most influential people in the world for developing a free and open website that empowers the international community to track the COVID-19 pandemic in near-real time with reliable, independent data.

ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Expert Leads International Effort To Determine Climate’s Impact On Spread Of COVID-19

Ben Zaitchik, a professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Johns Hopkins University, is available to speak with the media about the vigorous research still needed to definitively determine if and how climate, environmental and meteorological elements influence the spread of COVID-19.

JHU Robotic System Remotely Controls Ventilators In COVID-19 Patient Rooms

August 12, 2020 CONTACT: Doug Donovan Cell: 443-462-2947 dougdonovan@jhu.edu @dougdonovan A new robotic system allows medical staff to remotely operate ventilators and other bedside machines from outside intensive care rooms of patients suffering from infectious diseases. The system, developed by a team of Johns Hopkins University and Medicine researchers, is still being tested, but initial […]

ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins to Distribute 85,000 Face Masks to Baltimore Community

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise in Baltimore and new state mandates for mask use, it’s more critical than ever that people living in the city have access to masks. To help get city residents the protection they need, this week Johns Hopkins University and Medicine will partner with The Door and The Mix Churches to distribute 85,000 reusable masks to more than 50 community groups, neighborhood associations and faith-based institutions.

ADVISORY: Expert Can Discuss Expected Mass Evictions Due to COVID-19 Crisis

Public health experts predict the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will include the mass evictions of as many as one million people who rent their homes.

The implications of that people potentially becoming homeless, with cities already struggling to contain the spread of the virus, could be devastating, says Johns Hopkins University sociologist Meredith Greif, who an expert in homelessness and housing insecurity.

Individuals Physically Distanced Before State Mandates, Slowing COVID-19 Spread

Residents in all 25 of the U.S. counties hardest hit by COVID-19 began to limit their public movements six to 29 days before states implemented stay-at-home orders, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

Johns Hopkins Joins Project To Build New Tools To Model Pandemic Spread

The Johns Hopkins University professor behind the popular COVID-19 tracking map is joining scientists at two other institutions to develop new methods for understanding how and why the current coronavirus and future pandemics spread.

ADVISORY: Expert Available on Altered Sense of Time During Pandemic

COVID-19 has affected people differently, yet many feel the pandemic has radically affected their sense of time. For some, time drags. For others it passes much too fast. And almost everyone is having trouble remembering what day it is. Ian Phillips, a Johns Hopkins University professor who studies how humans experience time, is available to discuss what’s causing this common but very disconcerting experience.

Johns Hopkins Releases Comprehensive Report on Digital Contact Tracing to Aid COVID-19 Response

Johns Hopkins University today released a comprehensive report to help government, technology developers, businesses, institutional leaders and the public make responsible decisions around use of digital contact tracing technology (DCTT), including smartphone apps and other tools, to fight COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins University Launches East Baltimore COVID-19 Food Access Initiative to Feed 2,000 Families in Need

The Johns Hopkins University has launched the East Baltimore COVID-19 Food Access Initiative, a partnership between JHU, Saval Foodservice, Hungry Harvest, and 16 faith based and community organizations to provide emergency food assistance to families impacted by COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins Taps Twitter to Measure Success of Social Distancing

By comparing Twitter data from before and after the COVID-19 outbreak, Johns Hopkins University researchers found a profound impact on the movement of Americans – indicating social distancing recommendations are having an effect.

Hopkins Gets FDA OK to Test Blood Therapies for COVID-19 Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a clinical trial Friday that will allow Johns Hopkins University researchers to test a therapy for COVID-19 that uses plasma from recovering patients.

Johns Hopkins Engineers Developing 3D-printed Ventilator Splitter

In response to a pressing need for more ventilators to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, a team led by Johns Hopkins University engineers is developing and prototyping a 3D-printed splitter that will allow a single ventilator to treat multiple patients. Though medical professionals have expressed concerns about the safety and effectiveness of sharing ventilators, the team has designed this tool to address those concerns.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Hosts Virtual Design Challenge to Address COVID-19

More than 2,000 people from 34 countries will compete in a five-day virtual design challenge to find innovative solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams will try to engineer solutions for problems ranging from how to protect front-line healthcare workers and their families to minimizing transmission of the virus to addressing shortages of critical healthcare and medical equipment to ensuring that people have accurate information to help them make informed decisions.

ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Use of Robots to Combat COVID-19

In a new Science Robotics editorial published today, experts discuss the potential use of robots to combat COVID-19 by decreasing risks posed to humans, safely resuming halted manufacturing and making teleoperations more efficient. Much of the work required in combatting COVID-19 requires “dull, dirty, and extremely dangerous tasks for human workers but suitable to robots,” the editorial authors say, and they point to potential uses such as disinfecting operating rooms, taking temperatures at ports of entry, delivering medications and more.

Russell (Russ) Taylor, Director of the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics at The Johns Hopkins University, and an author on the editorial, is available to talk about the future of robotics and COVID-19.

ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins University Upgrades COVID-19 Tracking Map With Local U.S. Data

The Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking map, which has become a vital worldwide resource, is launching an updated dashboard to report coronavirus cases for every city and county in the United States.

ADVISORY: Expert Available to Comment on Effects of Social Distancing and Quarantine Measures on Air Quality

A silver lining of social distancing and quarantine? Better air quality. As more and more cities across the U.S. clamp down on travel, there have been fewer cars on the road and early reports of improved air quality in cities like Los Angeles, Philadelphia and more. Peter DeCarlo, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University, can discuss how and to what extent social distancing and quarantine measures affect air pollution.

Johns Hopkins University statement on malware disguised as COVID-19 map

Johns Hopkins University has learned about the existence of malware designed to look like the university’s coronavirus tracking map in an effort to steal information from users who visit the fake site.

ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins University Experts to Brief Capitol Hill on Coronavirus

Johns Hopkins University experts in public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness will offer a briefing this Friday for Capitol Hill officials seeking facts and perspective on COVID-19 and the new coronavirus as it spreads worldwide.

ADVISORY: Experts Available to Discuss Role of Antibiotic Resistance in Pandemic Risk

Researchers investigating the drug prescription response to a “superbug” enzyme that renders bacteria resistant to antibiotics are available to discuss why such resistance is posing a growing risk during pandemics such as the current coronavirus.