Jason Silverstein is a lecturer and writer-in-residence in the department of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. Follow him on Twitter @jason_reads.
Empty Dorms Could Help Solve Coronavirus Hospital Shortages
A VICE review of colleges in three major cities identified enough space for 29,000 people in Philadelphia, 43,000 in Los Angeles, and 55,000 in New York.
Coronavirus Is Bad in the Cities. It Could Be Even Worse Outside of Them
Shortages in hospital staff, equipment, and space could force doctors in rural regions of the U.S. to begin the kind of unthinkable rationing decisions that have been reported in Italy.
These Are the Impacts of Trump's Coronavirus Fumbles—and How to Protect Yourself
Here are some of the challenges we face as a result of bad decisionmaking on the part of the U.S. government—and the small things you as an individual can do to protect yourself.
Being Black in America Is a Health Risk. It's Time for Reparations.
Cash would not only be a form of repayment, it would also undeniably improve people's health.
The People Who Build Our Towns Are Dying of Overdoses More Than Anyone Else
Recent analyses show that people in the construction industry are six times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than other workers.
People Are Scared to Use Health Safety Nets Because of ICE
Known as a "chilling effect," this public health principle can lead to a drop in everything from vaccinations and routine doctor visits to prenatal and HIV care.
Racial Discrimination Can Take 18 Years Off Someone's Life
"Where you live determines your access to jobs, public transit, food, medical care, and insurance."
Jim Crow Laws Are Gone But They’re Still Making Black People Sick
We may only now be seeing the health effects of state-sanctioned racism in the 1960s.
Trump Thinks Executing Drug Dealers Will Stop the Opioid Epidemic
But doing so would likely make the drug problem worse.
Violence Is Just Part of the Job When You're a Nurse
"We've had nurses get kicked so hard they could hardly stand up, and they're asked to finish their shift."
Trump's Alternative to Food Stamps Is Unrealistic, Unhealthy, and Offensive
Once again, the Trump administration invented a problem whose only solution is taking money from the poor to give to the rich.
Trump's Not Protecting Sick People, He's Protecting Pharma Companies
We don't need the "right to try" laws Trump mentioned in his State of the Union.