Entries by CHHS Research Assistants & Externs

Developing a Vaccine to Prevent Covid-19 Disease

Vaccination against COVID-19 aims to produce an initial immune response to enable the body to quickly respond to attack and destroy SARS-CoV-2 whenever the vaccinated individual is later infected with the virus. All vaccines aim to expose the body to an agent, called an antigen, to provoke an initial immune response. In the initial immune […]

US-China, TikTok, and National Security

By CHHS Extern Arsanious Hanna  Over the course of the last decade, the United States has been embroiled in a transnational cybersecurity warfare. Washington’s concerns with America’s cybersecurity infrastructure and integrity is in response to years of intelligence agency whistleblowers and cyber hacks. Whistleblowers such as former Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning, and former NSA […]

Unpacking Contact Tracing

By CHHS Extern Carly Yost Public health jargon, previously only known by professionals in the field, is now a part of most people’s everyday vernacular. Due to the global pandemic caused by the emergence of COVID-19, contact tracing is among those previously unknown terms that are now a part of everyone’s daily lives. Several large […]

Presidential Executive Order Attempts to End Social Media’s Liability Shield under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

By CHHS Extern Cheryl Gordon Twitter, Facebook, Google.  These social media sites have become ubiquitous in American culture. While some use them more than others, we all use these social media sites for various purposes.  We keep in touch with friends and colleagues.  We meet new friends and network.  We suggest new activities and provide […]

Safe Zooming in Quarantine Times

By CHHS Extern Nicky Arenberg Nissin With billions of people around the globe staying home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an increasing amount of social and business meetings have moved to the different video conferencing platforms available today. Among this wide software offer, Zoom has become one of the most popular options: as the go-to […]

The Meaning of Last Week’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

By CHHS Extern Sharon Sidhu President Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on Friday afternoon, “unleash[ing] the full power of the federal government.” This action, under the authority of the Stafford Act, opened up access to up to $50 billion for states, territories, and localities, to use towards the shared fight […]

COVID-19 Reaches Maryland

By CHHS Extern Emma Evans Eiden Thursday night, Governor Larry Hogan announced three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of Maryland.  While residents are encouraged to continue their daily routines, including work and school, the Governor declared a state of emergency to mobilize funds and activate full coordination between the Maryland Department of Health […]

Updates on the Coronavirus Outbreak

By CHHS Extern Benita David-Akoro Over the last few weeks, the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV has received significant media attention. 2019-nCoV is a coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, but now with confirmed cases in at least twenty other countries. Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced it was declaring the 2019-nCoV outbreak a Public Health […]