For Florida, the coronavirus pandemic was a perfect storm

A close look at Florida's economy shows just how vulnerable the state and its population are to a pandemic.

Murray J. Côté, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus data social-distancing tourism government face-masks states state-governments florida

Contact tracing's long, turbulent history holds lessons for COVID-19

Trust in the confidentiality of contact tracing broke down during the AIDS epidemic. Today, it's faltering again.

Ronald Bayer, Professor Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus history pandemic surveillance contact-tracing sexually-transmitted-diseases aids syphilis stds

An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control populations of insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

As coronavirus cases spike in the South, Northeast seems to have the pandemic under control - here's what changed

A key difference is people's behavior, as a doctor explains.

Taison Bell, Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic leadership social-distancing masks behavior

An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

While coronavirus cases spike in the South, the Northeast seems to have it under control - here's what changed

A key difference is people's behavior, as a doctor explains.

Taison Bell, Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic leadership social-distancing masks behavior

Aerosols are a bigger coronavirus threat than WHO guidelines suggest – here's what you need to know

More than 200 scientists wrote to the WHO, warning about aerosol transmission of the coronavirus. The WHO has since acknowledged the evidence but hasn't change its advice yet.

Goodarz Ahmadi, Professor of mechanical engineering, Clarkson University • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic sneeze restaurants viruses aerosols breathing droplets fluid-dynamics mucus

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

Tags:  health  covid-19  coronavirus  brazil  donald-trump  herd-immunity  economy  misinformation  jair-bolsonaro  cdc  myths  denial

Is the COVID-19 pandemic cure really worse than the disease? Here's what our research found

Putting a dollar value on human lives to compare the costs and benefits of stay-at-home orders can have unintended consequences. These researchers found a different way.

Olga Yakusheva, Associate Professor in Nursing and Public Health, University of Michigan • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus death economics pandemic social-distancing recession cost-benefit-analysis job-loss value-of-life

Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic's hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it

Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.

Matthew Lee Smith, Co-Director of Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health mental-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aging elderly social-distancing isolation seniors social-isolation living-longer-2020 living-longer

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