Reopening elementary schools carries less COVID-19 risk than high schools – but that doesn't guarantee safety

New research points to why reopening elementary schools is the safest bet and what else needs to happen for schools to have the best chance of staying open.

Justin Remais, Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: education health covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic science high-school k-12-education mathematical-models teachers k-12-online-learning elementary-schools

How mutant zebrafish helped unlock the secret to their stripes – new research

We wanted to find out which biological phenomena are crucial for pattern formation and which are just incidental. These sorts of questions can be answered with mathematical modelling.

Christian Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: zebrafish mathematical-modelling pigment cells patterns

How effective does a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic? A new study has answers

A vaccine that's 70% effective might not be good enough if too few people are willing to be vaccinated, new research shows.

Bruce Y. Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management, City University of New York • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~8 min

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How 'good' does a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic? A new study has answers

A vaccine that's 70% effective might not be good enough if too few people are willing to be vaccinated, new research shows.

Bruce Y. Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management, City University of New York • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic vaccines social-distancing modeling mathematical-models

Coronavirus: what does it mean when the government says it is 'following the science'?

The balance between political judgements and scientific knowledge is a delicate one to negotiate.

Martin Powell, Professor of Health and Social Policy, University of Birmingham • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: what does it mean when the government says they're 'following the science'?

The balance between political judgements and scientific knowledge is a delicate one to negotiate.

Martin Powell, Professor of Health and Social Policy, University of Birmingham • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus uk-government mathematical-modeling

Coronavirus: the UK could be over the peak

Cause for a degree of relief.

Christian Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus nhs ons mathematical-models

Why there isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan for states to reopen their economies

How and when the US economy reopens will look different state to state, and for good reasons. This Q&A explains why, and why some states are working together.

Hilary Godwin, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Washington • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: the UK could well be over the peak

Cause for a degree of relief.

Christian Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus nhs ons mathematical-models

How much coronavirus testing is enough? States could learn from retailers as they ramp up

Testing everyone for COVID-19 isn't realistic in a country the size of the US, but there are ways to design testing systems that can catch most of the cases.

Siqian Shen, Associate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~7 min

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