Vaccines should end the pandemic, despite the variants, say experts

Can the current crop of vaccines get us to herd immunity even if variants become widespread? A Harvard immunologist says yes.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 25, 2021 ~6 min

Bee diversity keeps colonies healthy

The most diverse bee communities have the lowest levels of viral pathogens. "Promoting diverse bee communities may be a win-win strategy..."

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 18, 2021 ~7 min

Bacteria and pathogen may team up to trigger gum disease

A one-sided relationship between bacteria and a pathogen in the mouth may lead to gum disease, a new study shows.

Marcene Robinson-Buffalo • futurity
Dec. 31, 2020 ~6 min

Anthony Fauci offers a timeline for ending COVID-19 pandemic

Anthony Fauci predicted herd immunity by next fall and “normality” by 2021’s end, as long as enough people get vaccinated to bring the pandemic to an end.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Three ways to head off the next pandemic in the wild meat trade

Needed: less wild meat in cities, more wildlife experts in public health.

Julia E. Fa, Professor of Biodiversity and Human Development, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Strong government response needed in COVID battle

The international forum “Global Perspectives on COVID-19,” co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School, cited the importance of strong, coordinated government response as a key to stopping the novel coronavirus’ spread.

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Ultraviolet light can make indoor spaces safer during the pandemic – if it's used the right way

UV disinfection is a proven means of killing pathogens like the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but it's not risk-free.

Karl Linden, Professor of Environmental Engineering and the Mortenson Professor in Sustainable Development, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~9 min

COVID-19 clues in a community's sewage: 4 questions answered about watching wastewater for coronavirus

Sewage surveillance is one technique that can alert authorities to the presence of a pathogen in the community. An environmental engineer explains the state of the science when it comes to SARS-CoV-2.

Kyle Bibby, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Notre Dame • conversation
Aug. 31, 2020 ~8 min

A potential new weapon in the fight against COVID-19: Food coloring

Aerosols of some FDA-approved food coloring could deactivate airborne viruses.

Yuhyun Ji, Doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~4 min

The COVID-19 virus can spread through the air – here's what it'll take to detect the airborne particles

Miniaturized laboratory equipment is making it easier to identify airborne pathogens in the field, but there's still work ahead to be able to instantly determine if a room is safe or contaminated.

Shantanu Sur, Associate Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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