Testing,Treatments, and Public Health Measures


Rapid Action Consortium

Dec 06, 2021

In addition to being a global health crisis and an economic crisis, COVID-19 is fundamentally an information problem of a size and scale the world has never seen before. As with any complex, global information problem, the solution will require intelligent use of data and technology, and the ability for the right parties to come together to create ecosystems of impact.

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#COVIDSafeZones: Sports

Aug 26, 2021

COVID Collaborative and Autonomy 5 Conferences are uniting to encourage team vaccinations, students and college sports communities to slow the spread of COVID. They have published an open letter, calling for #COVIDSafeZones on college game days, endorsed by public health experts and former officials from the past 5 presidential administrations. They have also put out a statement on #COVIDSafeZones and game day safety endorsed by the medical directors of the major college sports leagues.

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#COVIDSafeZones: Campuses

Aug 17, 2021

COVID Collaborative has mobilized dozens of public health and science experts and former officials from the Biden, Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton Administrations to provide leaders of Institutions of Higher Education with clear and actionable measures they can adopt to keep their students, faculty, and communities safe. We invite other IHE leaders to join this effort to beat the pandemic and restore our national vitality and way of life.

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#COVIDSafeZones: Workplaces

Aug 03, 2021

COVID Collaborative has mobilized dozens of public health and science experts and former officials from the Biden, Trump, Obama, and Bush Administrations to provide business leaders with clear and actionable measures they can adopt to keep their workers, customers, and communities safe. We invite other private sector leaders to join this effort to beat the pandemic and restore our national vitality and way of life.

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Responding to the 2020 Winter COVID-19 Surge: What Governors Can Do

Dec 21, 2020

Recommendations for Governors to support them in taking targeted action to prevent unchecked transmission, protect hospitals, and flatten the curve.

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A Call To Action to Defeat COVID-19 and Promote National Recovery and Renewal

Dec 10, 2020

Bipartisan Assembly of Governors Support Call to Action to Defeat COVID-19, issued by the COVID Collaborative. Recommendations Call for Concerted, Cross-State Action.

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Can you tell me how to get, how to get my COVID vaccine: Elmo does PSA encouraging shots for younger kids

Elmo is showing off his “super duper bandage” after getting his first COVID-19 vaccine shot. The “Sesame Street” monster appeared in a public service announcement (PSA) released Tuesday to promote vaccinations for children ages 5 and younger.

Judy Kurtz

Sesame Street’s Elmo gets Covid-19 vaccine in PSA explaining jabs for kids

The Muppets of Sesame Street – Louie and his son Elmo – are urging more parents to get their kids under five years old vaccinated. Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, in collaboration with the Ad Council and Covid Collaborative’s Covid-19 Vaccine Education Initiative, has released a spot starring Elmo, the three-and-a-half-year-old Muppet, after receiving his Covid-19 vaccine.

Taruka Srivastava

Ted Cruz Targets 'Sesame Street' for Not Citing Science in Elmo Vaccination

Sesame Street's lovable red monster, Elmo, told kids that the COVID-19 vaccine was "OK" when he got vaccinated, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz targeted the show on his Twitter for not citing "scientific evidence."

Emma Mayer

Elmo Gets His First COVID Vaccination Shot

Elmo just got a COVID-19 vaccine shot — in a new public service announcement from Sesame Workshop aimed at persuading human parents to get their young kids COVID shots, too. The beloved red Muppet is three-and-a-half-years-old, according to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street.” That means he recently became eligible for a COVID shot, now that the vaccines have been approved for children 5 and under.

Todd Spangler Image credit: Courtesy of Sesame Workshop

Elmo Gets Vaccinated for Covid, as Kids Under 5 Are Now Eligible

Muppet stars in new Ad Council PSA; With the CDC now recommending Covid-19 vaccines for kids as young as 6 months old, who better to spread the word that everyone's favorite 3 ½-year-old, Elmo?

Tim Nudd

‘Sesame Street’ characters Elmo and his dad star in new COVID-19 vaccine ad

The Ad Council has released a new public service announcement to encourage parents and caregivers “to get informed about the COVID-19 vaccines following the recent FDA emergency use authorization and CDC recommendation of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for children aged 6 months and older.” The new ad features Elmo and his dad, Louie, from “Sesame Street.” The father and son discuss Elmo getting his COVID-19 vaccine.

Deb Kiner Image credit: Sesame Workshop via AP

Elmo Gets COVID-19 Vaccine in Sesame Street PSA

‘There was a little pinch, but it was okay,’ Elmo said in the PSA after receiving his first Covid vaccination

Meredith Clark

She went to one doctor, then another and another

Lindsay Polega’s two-year odyssey with long covid shows how the medical system fails many patients

Ariana Eunjung Cha Image credit: Jin Xia For The Washington Post

The Key Policy We Need to End the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Being Ignored

The goal is clearly articulated in President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address: Test to Treat. He challenged America to “get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.” He was no longer declaring independence from the virus, adding, “I cannot promise you a new variant won’t come. But I can promise you we’ll do everything within our power to be ready if it does.”

Steven Phillips and Michael Mina Image credit: Tom Williams—CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images

‘Living With Covid’ Report Calls For National Testing Infrastructure

The post-pandemic roadmap estimates that getting the US ready for further spikes of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses would cost $100bn in the first year.

Elizabeth Orr

New covid era seen in ideas for virus fight

Mistrust of CDC named as issue; A team of former Biden covid advisers and dozens of other outside experts issued Monday more than 250 discrete recommendations to combat the coronavirus with the goal of avoiding the societal disruptions that have characterized the past two years.

Image credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

White House unveils new Covid strategy for next phase of pandemic

The Biden administration released the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, a road map to help people get back to their pre-pandemic routines.

Heidi Przybyla and Rebecca Shabad

Laws Stripping Public Health Powers a 'Terrifying Step Back,' Says Former HHS Chief

— But some laws and proposed laws are not all bad, argues public health expert

Shannon Firth

We Urgently Need a New National COVID-19 Response Plan

The recent Chicago public school crisis, collapse of Broadway theater in New York City, ongoing changes in NBA and NFL screening protocols for players, and extreme scarcity of rapid tests throughout the nation all serve as a deafening wake-up call for urgent revision of our national COVID-19 response plan.

Steven Phillips M.D., M.P.H. Image credit: Spencer Platt-Getty Images

The COVID crisis: Past, present, and future

Since the late winter of 2019, the world has been consumed and transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the rise and waning of variants and successive waves of infection, together with the rollout of vaccines around the world and some associated hesitancy related to them, now is a good time to take stock of what we’ve experienced, what we’ve gotten right and wrong about the virus, and what the future might hold.

John Bridgeland, Carlos del Rio, Deval Patrick

Coronavirus Briefing: Boosting older teens

The Covid Collaborative is asking President Biden to initiate a national campaign to identify these children and take steps to improve their emotional and economic well-being. In a report released today, the group recommended offering them mental health care and creating a “Covid-19 Bereaved Children’s Fund,” similar to a fund established after the Sept. 11 attacks, to provide up to $10,000 to families in need.

Jonathan Wolfe Image credit: The New York Times

A renewed call for more rapid COVID-19 tests

The U.S. needs far more rapid COVID-19 tests than are currently available to help curb the spread of disease during the Delta surge and beyond, according to a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health expert.

Rapid Tests Are the Answer to Living With Covid-19

Accessing a rapid test around the world has proven to be easy, except in the United States.

Michael J. Mina and Steven Phillips Image credit: zhengshun tang, Jackal Pan via Getty Images

The U.S. Needs an Operation Warp Speed for Rapid COVID-19 Testing

The Delta variant has caused a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and deaths, threatening earlier gains made by the Biden Administration in tackling the pandemic. President Biden on Thursday laid out an ambitious comprehensive six-point COVID Action Plan to respond to the variant challenge.


Why the CDC is again turning to masks to help stop COVID-19

The expert physicians and scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending that Americans—even those who are fully immunized with one of the three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available in this country—wear masks in indoor public spaces if they live in areas with high or substantial rates of virus transmission.

Kevin B. O'Reilly

Our Eyes on the Virus: Why We Still Need Widespread Rapid Testing Even With Vaccines

The vaccines are here. Why do we still need testing? Testing is our eye on the virus. Without testing, we can’t see where it is or where it is going. As fall and winter set in, outbreaks will again occur, sparked by the unvaccinated. And most people become infectious before they know they are infected.

Michael Mina

A program that boosted rapid testing in Canada will try to do the same in the U.S.

A team of Canadian researchers who brought together some of that country’s largest businesses to scale up a rapid coronavirus testing program is now trying to replicate its success in the United States, with the aim of reviving the economy and getting thousands of Americans back to work.

Emily Anthes and Sheryl Gay Stolberg Image credit: Tara Walton for The New York Times

New poll finds strong support for idea of rapid, at-home coronavirus tests

Eighty-six percent of Americans say they would test themselves using at-home rapid coronavirus tests, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the COVID Collaborative, a coalition of experts on the pandemic.

Martin Finucane Image credit: David Gannon/AFP via Getty Images

"No Safe Place:' Christie Urges Masking After COVID-19 Battle "

"I want to save as many people from going through what I went through," the former New Jersey governor told Patch.

Russ Crespolini Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


Christie Urges Skeptics to Wear Masks in New COVID PSA

Chris Christie Urges Americans To Wear A Mask

Former GOP NJ Gov. Chris Christie has released a new PSA urging Americans to help stop the spread of coronavirus by wearing a mask. Aired on 12/17/2020.

"No Safe Place:' Christie Urges Masking After COVID-19 Battle "


Chris Christie Urges Americans To Wear A Mask

Former GOP NJ Gov. Chris Christie has released a new PSA urging Americans to help stop the spread of coronavirus by wearing a mask. Aired on 12/17/2020.

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