Lack of internet connections deepen inequity in education and health care during COVID-19

COVID-19 Zoom

By Liam Bohen-Meissner Medill Reports Access to virtual education and telehealth underscore the digital divide in Chicago and elsewhere exacerbated by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. When coupled with limited in-person activity, a lack of broadband internet potentially forces millions of students to fall behind in school and millions of people to forgo medical […]

Large-scale equity solutions needed to eliminate root causes of homelessness

Makeshift Shelters in DTLA

 By Liam Bohen-Meissner Housing alone is not a solution for eliminating homelessness, emphasized participants in a panel on “Homelessness in America: The Search for Solutions During COVID-19” panel. Panelists called for large-scale efforts tackling root causes of homelessness, such as structural racism and a shortage of affordable housing. Although the panelists said they believe […]

Evanston pushes to contact, vaccinate homeless people for COVID-19

Vaccine Homeless

By Liam Bohen-Meissner Medill Reports The city of Evanston refocused its coronavirus vaccination efforts on people living in group settings such as homeless shelters beginning the week of Feb. 22, according to the city ‘s website. After Evanston moved into phase 1b of its vaccination plan in late January, the city prioritized administering doses to […]

Fauci remains optimistic about near-end to pandemic in 2021

Dr. Fauci Speaks on COVID

By Liam Bohen-Meissner Dr. Anthony Fauci remains cautiously optimistic about the prospect of ending the pandemic and returning to some level of normalcy within the year. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke on positive vaccine efficacy and the merits of double masking at a Q&A Jan. 29 at the […]

Technological innovation may be a ‘threat multiplier’ for Doomsday Clock

NASA Earth

By Liam Bohen-Meissner The hands of the famous Doomsday Clock remain unchanged at 100 seconds to midnight, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Jan. 27. While the time of the clock stresses the risks of nuclear disaster and climate change, Bulletin scientists also expressed concern over some technological advancements. The clock serves as a […]

COVID-19’s minimal climate impact highlights need for momentous action

2020 Global Temperature

By Liam Bohen-Meissner Medill Reports Global carbon dioxide emission dropped 7 percent worldwide due to a decrease in human activity after COVID-19 brought much of the world to a standstill. Despite this, the climate impacts of COVID-19 turned out to be negligible, with 2020 tied with 2016 as the hottest year on record. Global temperatures […]