COVID-19: See what ASI Faculty/Affiliates are saying about the Pandemic

Scott Landes talks to NPR and Spectrum News about COVID-19, people with disabilities

Scott Landes, says COVID-19 death rates are higher among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) compared to those without. He says it’s mainly individuals with pre-existing health conditions. “This population, in general, either because of swallowing problems or disorders, or choking disorders, or just more susceptibility to lung infections seems to develop pneumonia at a higher rate than those in the general population,” he says. “That’s just really detrimental when you’re talking about something like COVID-19.” Landes was interviewed for the Spectrum News segment “COVID-19 Death Rates Higher Among Those with Developmental Disabilities.

NPR Interview: COVID-19 Infections And Deaths Are Higher Among Those With Intellectual Disabilities

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Madonna Harrington Meyer was quoted in two articles that have received wide media pick up

Madonna Harrington Meyer was quoted in two articles that nearly 70 media outlets picked up. The NPR article, “Too little or too much time with the kids? Grandparenting is tough in a Pandemic.” and The Kaiser Health News article, “We miss them all so much: Grandparents ache as the COVID exile grinds on.”


Madonna Harrington Meyer quoted in New York Times article, “For Grandparents, Filling in for Childcare can be ‘Wonderful and Exhausting’

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on and child care centers remain closed, many grandparents are split into two groups: those who are quarantined from their families and those who are isolating beside them, according to Madonna Harrington Meyer, a sociology professor at Syracuse University and author of “Grandmothers at Work.” Those providing child care can see tremendous benefits — more physical activity, a healthy emotional life, more socializing — but the additional stressors can also lead to burnout. “It’s simultaneously wonderful and too much,” Meyer said.

Read full article here.

Social Gerontologist Maria Brown Shares Advice on Caring for Aging Parents During an Pandemic

As people all over the world deal with the coronavirus pandemic, many wonder how to care for aging parents. Adults aged 60 or older, especially those with severe chronic medical conditions, are at higher risk for more serious coronavirus illness and death.

Maria Brown, an assistant research professor at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and faculty associate in the University’s Aging Studies Institute, offers advice on how to help care for aging parents or family members. To read full article click here.

Brown was also interviewed for an article on, “Do These 4 Things for Your Parents During Coronavirus Outbreak.”

Shannon Monnat and the Lerner Center produced a series of Lerner Center Population Health Research Briefs on COVID-19

Shannon Monnat, and the Lerner Center staff and graduate students, have produced an excellent series of Lerner Center Population Health Research Briefs on COVID-19, several of which focus on the older population. Contributing authors include Shannon Monnat, Madonna Harrington Meyer, Scott Landes, Dalton Stevens, Kent Cheng, and Yue Sun.

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College of Law, Associate Professor Doron Dorfman wrote an Op Ed on COVID-19 impact on FDA Policy for Gay blood donors

Optimism among public health scholars is rare in the era of coronavirus. Yet I suggest that the crisis might present an opportunity to overrule one controversial health law policy that predates the pandemic: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men.

The blood ban was developed out of necessity in response to the 1980s HIV-AIDS outbreak and has since undergone some amendments. The recent iteration of the ban forbids blood banks from accepting donations from men who have had sex with men, or MSM, in the year prior to the donation. To read full article click here. The article was also accepted to the peer review Journal of Law and the Biosciences.

Syracuse University is currently doing a research project and they need your help!

The project is examining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, while we’re all dealing with the closures, restrictions, social distancing and being isolated in our homes. Researchers are using an online questionnaire to learn about depression, anxiety, stress, and PTSD, working to find out what conditions and behaviors might influence mental health. One of the main behaviors that researchers are interested in is physical activity and aspects related to it. To read full article click here.

CNY Central Article: SU Faculty conduct survey to find affects of COVID-19 on mental illness

To paricipate in the anonymous survey, click here.