Forum 7: Media, Perception and Behavior: Thinking in Terms of Public Health

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virology, public health, global morality, mental health


In this lecture, Dr. Brian Primack, Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, takes us through a crash course in public health statistics. He shows us how complex behavioral and environmental factors combine to create a contradictory picture of what the pandemic means for global mortality. Car accidents and air pollution are down but smoking and depression are up, and we cannot yet say how the interaction of all of these and other factors will play out. Dean Primack gives a good overview of what improved testing methods and rates will and won’t tell us and then issues a public health warning about the ways in which news and social media consumption may be detrimental to our mental health during the present crisis.


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