Insights re the Pandemic from Prominent Researcher

Pandemic and Disaster: Insights from Seventy Years of Social Science Disaster Research

Inaugurating the “Disaster Studies” theme of our “Covid-19 and the Social Sciences” series, Kathleen Tierney reflects on how major findings from social science research on disasters can help to contextualize and frame our understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, she looks at the importance of communication to the influence of social responses in hazardous circumstances, reminding us that society tends toward social solidarity, rather than disorganization and panic, in times of crises. Though many social practices, such as scapegoating, can further tear the fabric of society, disasters reveal and amplify not only inequality and vulnerability, but also potential strength. In moving forward, it will be vital to learn the lessons research on both aspects have to offer.

Final Version of CDC Reopening Guidelines – updated twice!!

CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting theCOVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again May 2020. Apparently this 60-page document is the final version but it does not include guidance for houses of worship.

As of May 21: Reopening guidance for churches delayed after White House and CDC disagree

But there are currently no plans to issue guidance for religious institutions, according to three administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss policy decisions.

As of Friday afternoon, May 22: Interim Guidance for Administrators and Leaders of Community- and Faith-Based Organizations to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Note from the Diva:  Private sources have provided Guidance on Reopening Faith-Based  Organizations — it can  can be found on my other site,


Crisis Exposes Hollowed Out Federal Government

Whether or not you agree with the perspective of the author, it is important to note the many deficiencies of the federal government at the present time that are hindering the response to COVID-19.