History tells us trying to stop diseases like COVID-19 at the border is a failed strategy

The US response to the coronavirus was slow and problematic, but it also was rooted in a 19th-century way of viewing public health.

Charles McCoy, Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY Plattsburgh • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Up to 204,691 extra deaths in the US so far in this pandemic year

Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.

Ronald D. Fricker Jr., Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
Aug. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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Video: Who controls pandemic data?

A White House decision to take over collection of COVID-19 data from the CDC sparked worries over political interference. A public data expert talks about the importance of transparent public data.

Julia Lane, Professor of Economics, New York University • conversation
July 31, 2020 ~6 min

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How to make sure you're wearing your mask right

Masks are only effective if you follow certain principles when wearing them.

Joy Pieper, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

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How to make sure your mask maximizes protection, according to a nurse (Hint: Start by wearing over both mouth and nose)

Masks are only effective if you follow certain principles when wearing them.

Joy Pieper, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention  handwashing  cdc  masks  personal-freedom

5 COVID-19 myths politicians have repeated that just aren't true

The purveyors of these myths, including politicians who have been soft peddling the impact of the coronavirus, aren't doing the country any favors.

Geoffrey Joyce, Director of Health Policy, USC Schaeffer Center, and Associate Professor, University of Southern California • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

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How to lower your coronavirus risk while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert

It's hard to eat while wearing a face mask, and social distancing isn't easy in restaurants' normally tight quarters. An infectious disease expert offers some tips on what to look for to stay safe.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Chronic Lyme disease – does it exist?

Many patients without a diagnosis of Lyme disease report a constellation of symptoms, sometimes for years. Does chronic Lyme disease exist?

John Nathaniel Aucott, Director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  antibiotics  cdc  ticks  joint-pain

How to stay safe from coronavirus while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert

It's hard to eat while wearing a face mask, and social distancing isn't easy in restaurants' normally tight quarters. An infectious disease expert offers some tips on what to look for to stay safe.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

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How do you stay safe now that states are reopening? An expert explains how to assess risk when reconnecting with friends and family

The U.S. is slowly reopening, but the messages from governments are confusing. An expert offers guidance on many people's first priority -- connecting with loved ones.

Ryan Malosh, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

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