A Better Way to Scale COVID-19 Testing

Businesses, universities, and entire communities are realizing that while the Covid-19 pandemic continues, testing whole populations may be necessary to resume in-person interaction without uncontrolled outbreaks. “Assurance testing,” as we call it, faces novel challenges and requires a novel strategy: Online marketplaces for testing that make it simpler and cheaper for organizations and communities of any size to get their members tested while making it efficient for labs and test administrators to make tests available when and where they are needed.

What Will It Take to Reopen Offices Safely? By Debbie Koenig

June 1, 2020 — More than half of American workers have office jobs. If you’re among them, during quarantine you probably miss the camaraderie — grabbing a cup of coffee in the break room, catching up in the elevator. But thanks to coronavirus safety precautions, when you finally go back to your office, you may not recognize the place.

Effectiveness of MMR vaccines in children examined

A study in the Cochrane Review found that the rate of mumps cases in children with two doses of measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox vaccine would be 1%, compared with 7.4% in those who were unvaccinated, while the rate of measles cases in children with one dose of the vaccine would be 0.5%, compared with 7% in those who were unvaccinated.

Penn Medicine’s wellness stations help stressed employees

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in Pennsylvania has created wellness stations, including one virtual station, to help employees who experience stress due to the novel coronavirus pandemic practice self-care. Mindfulness classes and meetings with a mental health professional are among the offerings.