5 things you should do right now to fight the rising number of COVID-19 cases

With COVID-19 cases rising in more than half of the states, the next two weeks are critical for stopping a spike in cases. An epidemiologist reminds us to get back to the basics now.

Paulina Columbo, Graduate student, Public Health, University of Arizona • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tiny zaps could steady human hands for robotic surgery

The method could help give surgeons more feedback about how close they are to soft tissue during robot-assisted surgery, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Coronavirus: heavy use of hand sanitisers could boost antimicrobial resistance

Misuse of common cleaning products or hand sanitisers can lead to antimcrobial resistance in bacteria.

Winston Morgan, Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, University of East London • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

Ignaz Semmelweis, the doctor who discovered the disease-fighting power of hand-washing in 1847

A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.

Leslie S. Leighton, Visiting Lecturer of History, Georgia State University • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

Viruses live on doorknobs and phones and can get you sick – smart cleaning and good habits can help protect you

The coronavirus, like many infectious diseases, can live and spread on inanimate objects in the world around us. An epidemiologist explains how and gives some advice on how to minimize the risk.

Joseph Eisenberg, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Homemade hand sanitiser recipes that could help protect against coronavirus

With shelves cleared of hand sanitiser, many people are starting to to make their own.

James McEvoy, Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Sciences, Royal Holloway • conversation
March 16, 2020 ~5 min

Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard

Many homeless people already have compromised immune systems. They are targets -- and conduits -- for COVID-19.

Michael Cousineau, Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~8 min

Vodka won't protect you from coronavirus, and 4 other things to know about hand sanitizer

Most commercial hand sanitizers are mainly alcohol, but forget about hitting the liquor store and mixing your own.

Jeffrey Gardner, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~4 min

Coronavirus: not all hand sanitisers work against it – here's what you should use

It needs to contain at least 60% alcohol content to be effective.

Manal Mohammed, Lecturer, Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Fingertip injuries may be a clue to child abuse

"We found that children who had been coded at some point with physical abuse were more likely to have also been brought in for treatment of a fingertip injury."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~2 min