Feeling scared about how your kids can enjoy Halloween this year? Have no fear – healthy snacks are here

This could be your healthiest – and most fun – Halloween ever, despite COVID-19. It's a great time to ditch the sugar.

Michael Goran, Professor of Pediatrics, Center for the Changing Family & Children's Hospital Los Angeles, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: coronavirus-2020

An epidemiologist explains the new CDC guidance on 15 minutes of exposure and what it means for you

New guidance from the CDC says that 15 minutes of exposure – regardless of whether that occurs at one time – can result in transmission of the coronavirus.

Ryan Malosh, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus 'excess deaths': why England and Wales have been hardest hit in Europe – new study

It's hard to make international comparisons of the COVID death rates in individual countries, but a new approach is giving scientists better data to work with.

Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, The Open University • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  pandemic  coronavirus-2020  deaths

Coronavirus: how the pharma industry is changing to produce a vaccine on time

Medical innovation is often accelerated in a time of crisis.

Stephen Morris, Research Fellow in Vaccine Process Analytics, UCL • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: biotechnology covid-19 vaccines pharmaceuticals coronavirus-2020 pharmaceutical-industry coronavirus-vaccine

Family and friends can be key to helping end domestic violence, study suggests

Domestic violence is always a problem, but especially during the pandemic. A recent study found that friends and family can help, but they, too, need support.

Krista M. Chronister, Professor, psychology, University of Oregon • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~10 min

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Five cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home

As the UK heads into a recession, here are some simple - and cheap - tips to reduce utility bills and make less of an impact on the planet.

Stephen McCarthy, Lecturer and researcher in the Department of Business Information Systems, University College Cork • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus-2020 recession insulation carbon-footprint electricity-usage home-insulation-program electricity-bills home-heating

Dangerous bacteria is showing up in school water systems, reminding all buildings reopening amid COVID-19 to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Several schools find harmful bacteria in water systems, reminding all reopening buildings to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

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School bus safety during the COVID-19 pandemic: 8 recommendations

A researcher explains what it will take to make sure children are reasonably safe from catching the coronavirus aboard school buses.

Jesse Capecelatro, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  sars-cov-2  coronavirus-2020  buses  k-12-education  transportation  aerosols

I'm a public health researcher, and I'm dismayed that the CDC's missteps are causing people to lose trust in a great institution

The CDC has long been a trusted source of health information, keeping the public not only safe but calm in times of disease outbreaks. Public health officials fear now for its reputation.

Catherine Lynne Troisi, Associate Professor of Management, Policy, and Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston • conversation
Aug. 31, 2020 ~9 min

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