Faculty Publications

April 2020

Nature Research:
Childhood vaccines and antibiotic use in low- and middle-income countries

Berkeley Public Health Contributor: Joseph Lewnard PhD

Here we show that vaccines that have recently been implemented in the World Health Organization’s Expanded Programme on Immunization reduce antibiotic consumption substantially among children under five years of age in LMICs.

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For the Good of Us All:
Addressing the Needs of Our Unhoused Neighbors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Community Action Team is committed to bridging the gap between science and community in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness. As the COVID-19 continues, social distancing measures and testing reveal the particular vulnerabilities of people experiencing homelesseness. Sheltering in place requires shelter, as well as testing and other resources.

In a report titled “For the Good of Us All,” the Community Action Team reviews what we know about COVID-19 and summarizes the public health principles in place to mitigate its spread. It then recommends actions to put in place during this pandemic to protect the society’s most vulnerable people.

In a report titled “For the Good of Us All,” the Community Action Team reviews the science and summarizes the public health principles related to SARS-CoV-2.

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AJPH Editorials:
Raids on Immigrant Communities During the Pandemic Threaten the Country’s Public Health

Berkeley Public Health Contributors: Miriam Magaña Lopez MPH; Seth Holmes MD, PhD

The raids, detentions, and deportations conducted by the federal government are putting us all at risk, creating distrust, leading to overcrowding and forced detrimental movement, worsening a shortage of basic health equipment, and adversely affecting the social determinants of health of all. These actions threaten to overwhelm our public health system and fan the flames of the pandemic.

As a country, we have a historic opportunity to set our priorities straight.

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The Journal of Urban Health:
Slum Health: Arresting COVID-19 and Improving Well-Being in Urban Informal Settlements

Berkeley Public Health Contributors: Jason Corburn, Lee Riley.

Here, we offer a set of practice and policy suggestions that aim to  dampen the spread of COVID-19 based on the latest available science, (2) improve the likelihood of medical care for the urban poor whether or not they get infected, and (3) provide economic, social, and physical improvements and protections to the urban poor, including migrants, slum communities, and their residents, that can improve their long-term well-being.

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Structure-Based Virtual Screening of a Natural Product Database to Identify Several Possible SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease Inhibitors

Berkeley Public Health Contributors: Martyn T. Smith

In the absence of an effective vaccine, there is an urgent need for therapies which can fight COVID-19 infection. Readily available compounds in foods and plants may be one source of anti-viral compounds. Here, natural product chemicals from the Nuclei of Bioassays, Ecophysiology and Biosynthesis of Natural Products Database (NuBBEDB) were screened against the main protease (Mpro) of SARS-CoV-2.

Read article on chemrxiv.org