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Stay up-to-date with the latest IPR faculty media mentions concerning COVID-19 as well as other IPR news related to the coronavirus in 2023. See media mentions and research from 20202021, and 2022


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Survey Results for 50-State Survey on Americans' Attitudes About COVID-19

James Druckman, as part of a university research consortium between Northwestern, Harvard, Northeastern and Rutgers, shows that Twitter users dipped after Elon Musk took over the company, largely driven by Democrats' departure from the platform.

A survey in February finds that Americans who believe false vaccine claims were more than twice as likely to believe inaccurate claims about politics compared with those who correctly identify false vaccine claims. Another survey reveals that while social life is resuming, mental health issues persist among young adults. 

In April, the researchers published their 100th survey, showing that more Americans may be unvaccinated than the CDC suggests. A May report finds that young adults in America are still struggling with mental health issues. 

The Impact of SNAP Emergency Allotments on SNAP Benefits and Food Insufficiency

In a new report, Diane Schanzenbach estimates the amount and impact of Emergency Allotment (EA) benefits for SNAP recipients, finding that on average, EA payments reduce the likelihood that a household experiences food insufficiency by about 9%, with larger impacts for households with children with a Black or Hispanic respondent. 

Media Mentions and Op-Eds 

The Hill published an op-ed co-authored by Jonathan Guryan about his current research on the impacts of remote learning and education loss during the pandemic, arguing that schools need more time and money to make up for lost time. October 29, 2023

Following the 100th report of the COVID States Project, WBEZ News highlighted Jamie Druckman’s involvement, as well as how the project’s surveys have demonstrated changes in political divisions and mental health since the beginning of the pandemic. April 14, 2023 

The Washington Post referenced Hannes Schwandt and his colleagues’ research finding that college-educated women had more children than less-educated ones during the pandemic. March 21, 2023

The New York Times mentioned Diane Schanzenbach’s research, finding that food insecurity rose more quickly in the states that revoked SNAP recipients’ emergency allotment benefits, compared to states that still offered the benefits. March 17, 2023  

Diane Schanzenbach spoke with CNN about the how the end of a pandemic emergency policy that increased SNAP benefits will affect food insufficiency across the U.S. March 1, 2023

With the end of emergency allotment benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Crain’s Chicago Business cited Diane Schanzenbach’s report on their impact. February 28, 2023

Harper’s Index cited Hannes Schwandt’s finding that the number of U.S. births was expected to drop by 300,000 in 2021 due to the pandemic but in fact the number increased by 32,777. February 22, 2023

Health Day News highlighted a recent study co-authored by Bernie Black, demonstrating that COVID-19 booster shots substantially reduced the risk of death for people over the age of 60, with Black recommending that this demographic be the focus of public health messaging for future COVID boosters. February 13, 2023

CNN cited research by Hannes Schwandt and his colleagues suggesting that the 2020 drop in the U.S. birth rate may have been attributable to travel restrictions. January 31, 2023

 With emergency benefits from SNAP set to return to pre-pandemic levels in February, the Chicago Sun-Times referenced a new reportby Diane Schanzenbach demonstrating the crucial impact of these Emergency Allotment payments. January 30, 2023

Photo credit: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Published: June 20, 2023.