Category: global health

Ethiopia, Innovation and COVID-19

One of the realizations that has come with COVID-19 is that the old binary between developed and developing countries is deeply flawed. Some nations that are less wealthy (Vietnam, Thailand) have succeeded very well in limiting the virus’s spread (at least in June 2020), while some wealthier countries (the United States and Great Britain saw …

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Dispatch 7, Anemia in Peru

In episode three of my podcast, “Dispatch 7: Global Trends on all seven continents” I interviewed my honors thesis student Samantha G.  Alarcon Basurto about anemia in Peru. You can find the podcast on different platforms (including Apple podcasts), as well as on Anchor here: Shawn Smallman

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The 1918 pandemic and COVID-19

Like many people, I’ve been struck by the parallels between the current COVID-19 pandemic and the 1918 pandemic.  In 1918 many media outlets in Europe and the United States did not initially give the outbreak adequate coverage, because they were censored during the war, or did not want to reveal their nation’s weaknesses. In the …

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COVID-19 in Latin America

Next Tuesday my department will be having a presentation on Zoom  about COVID-19  in Latin America. During this discussion I’ll be talking about Bolsonaro’s leadership in Brazil, and the current pandemic trends in that country. Dr. Rodriguez will be talking about Argentina’s response, while Dr. Young will be discussing the experience of both Cuba and …

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Fear, Fact and Fiction: COVID-19’s Origins and Spread

  I gave a talk yesterday for WorldOregon on COVID-19, and what we know about it’s origins and spread, as compared to conspiracy theories. What you might not know when you watch this is that I wrote a talk before asking how long it should be. So I wound up having a fifty minute talk …

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Upcoming talk on COVID-19

I’m giving a talk for World Oregon members next Tuesday at noon (Portland time) via Zoom. You can learn more and register at this link: Virtual Program: Fear, Fiction and Fact: COVID-19’s Origins & Spread.  Shawn Smallman, 2020

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Health care and Cyber-attacks

Sadly, one of the most common cyberattacks is upon health care centers, particularly ransom-ware attacks upon hospitals. While digital records and telemedicine are proving essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals’ reliance upon digital resources also make our health care systems vulnerable to attack. As this article by Jocelinn Kang and Tom Uren says, cyber-defense efforts …

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Maps, Charts and data for COVID-19

The COVID19 pandemic is now moving quickly. While northern Italy has been overwhelmed by infections, Spain and Iran are also now experiencing a disaster. Here in the United States, there are serious outbreaks in Seattle and New York. So what are the best maps and other data visualizations to keep track of what is happening? …

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How to prepare for COVID-19?

With the last week’s news many people have come to realize that COVID-19 is unlikely to be contained. Just as Korea, Iran and Italy are grappling with outbreaks, the same might happen here in the United States. Given that the US is currently incapable of testing at scale, as Canada or Korea has, when the …

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One Expat’s Life In China In The Time Of Corona Virus

I am very grateful to Jim P. for this guest blog post. One Expat’s Life In China In The Time Of Corona Virus A PSU Alum’s observations A few things to get out of the way up front. I moved to China after graduating from PSU in the summer of 2015, and getting my Type …

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