Pharos is offering our deep experience in disease control, health systems strengthening and resilience, pandemic preparedness, and policy development to assist governments, philanthropic and global health institutions to cope with the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic.
To date, Pharos’s intellectual leadership has contributed to the change in the CDC’s policy now calling for universal mask use in public settings where social-distancing is not possible and in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Pharos has also called for tighter enforcement of “stay at home” advisories and other Covid prevention measures in high risk settings such as grocery stores, taxis, and package delivery services.
Pharos is lending its voice and expertise to press for the prioritization of testing of high risk asymptomatic people in order to rapidly control surges in Covid-19 infections.
Pharos is currently providing advice and Covid-19 policy review services to the governments of Myanmar and Zimbabwe.
PHAROS STANDS READY TO ASSIST WITH:
- Development of Covid control strategies, mitigation of secondary and subsequent infection waves
- Rule-out testing and design of safer back-to-work strategies
- Creation of evidence-based Covid-control strategies for developing countries tailored to their local context and health system capabilities
- Design and assessment of strategies for safely reopening the economy
- Data and analytics to support guideline development and policy change
- Development of tools and programs to strengthen high risk and community-level testing, contact tracing, and isolation, and treatment
- Analysis of the costs and benefit-cost ratios of Covid prevention measures
SOME RECENT COVERAGE OF PHAROS AND COVID IN THE NEWS:
- Shan and Rob op-ed on maintaining vigilance June 18: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/06/18/opinion/massachusetts-is-reopening-coronavirus-is-still-here-dont-let-your-guard-down/
- Shan quoted in New York Times article on housekeepers returning safely to work June 18: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/well/live/coronavirus-housekeepers-maids-domestic-workers-housecleaners.html
- Rob and Shan op-ed on how and when universities could re-open safely June 1: https://www.politico.com/news/agenda/2020/06/01/universities-states-colleges-reopen-292584
- Shan interviewed in New York Times on safer activities May 20: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/well/family/coronavirus-grandchildren-grandparents-when-can-i-see-my-grandkids.html
- Shan featured guest in New York Times webinar May 18: https://timesevents.nytimes.com/well0518/article
- Shan and Rob op-ed on how to re-open Massachusetts safely May 9: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/11/opinion/how-reopen-massachusetts-during-coronavirus-pandemic-keep-it-open/
- Boston 25 News story April 30: https://www.boston25news.com/news/masks-could-be-new-norm-least-next-year/XT6ND5EMZBB4TFZ2NPTVTV7DFM/
- Vox Youtube video on masks April 22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P27HRClMf2U
- Acuweather story on masks April 13: https://www.accuweather.com/en/health-wellness/americans-may-need-to-wear-masks-for-up-to-18-months-yale-expert-says/716922
- NY Times story on how not to wear a mask April 8, 2020: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/well/live/coronavirus-face-mask-mistakes.html
- NY Times story April 5: https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-N95-mask-DIY-face-mask-health.html
- Boston 25 News story April 3: https://www.boston25news.com/news/health/coronavirus-outbreak-should-you-wear-mask-public/KCSO5F2HPNDBPL4O3H37YO67MI/
- KCBS radio interview April 1, 2020: https://kcbsradio.radio.com/media/audio-channel/should-we-be-wearing-masks-in-public
- KCRW radio interview April 1, 2020: https://kcbsradio.radio.com/media/audio-channel/should-we-be-wearing-masks-in-public
- Politico story March 30, 2020: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/30/coronavirus-masks-trump-administration-156327
- NPR story on universal mask policy March 25, 2020: https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2020/03/25/universal-mask-do-masks-work