The puzzling questions of the coronavirus: A doctor addresses 6 questions that are stumping physicians

Mysteries surround the coronavirus, but our expert is here to address some of the most perplexing issues.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

Can your pets get coronavirus, and can you catch it from them?

Both cats and dogs can become infected with the coronavirus. The chances of them getting sick or passing it on to you or another animal are extremely low.

Sarah Totton, Research Assistant, University of Guelph • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~8 min

Making masks at home – what you need to know about how to reduce the transmission of coronavirus

At-home mask makers should carefully consider fit and fabric variables when designing face coverings to help prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Karen L. LaBat, Professor Emerita of Design, University of Minnesota • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

Want to know how many people have the coronavirus? Test randomly

Researchers and public health officials still don't know how widespread nor how deadly the coronavirus really is. Random testing is a way to quickly and easily learn this important information.

Michael Herron, William Clinton Story Remsen '43 Professor of Government and Chair, Program in Quantitative Social Science, Dartmouth College • conversation
April 13, 2020 ~8 min

What does 'recovered from coronavirus' mean? 4 questions answered about how some survive and what happens next

Officially, not that many people have recovered from the coronavirus. An epidemiologist explains what has to happen for a COVID-19 survivor to get a clean bill of health.

Tom Duszynski, Director Epidemiology Education, IUPUI • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~7 min

The CDC now recommends wearing a mask in some cases - a physician explains why and when to wear one

The CDC now recommends that everyone wear a face covering when they go into a public place. But there's confusion about why and if this protects the wearer, people around them or both.

Thomas Perls, Professor of Medicine, Boston University • conversation
April 6, 2020 ~7 min

A small trial finds that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating coronavirus

The president promoted the combination of hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic for treating COVID-19. But a new study suggests it provides no benefits.

Katherine Seley-Radtke, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and President-Elect of the International Society for Antiviral Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Social media companies are taking steps to tamp down coronavirus misinformation – but they can do more

Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~11 min

Preventing COVID-19 from decimating nursing home residents requires spending money and improving infection control

Nursing homes in the U.S. are not ready to care for coronavirus patients. Things need to change -- fast.

Lindsay J. Peterson, Instructor, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida • conversation
March 28, 2020 ~8 min

What does a state of emergency mean in the face of the coronavirus?

The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.

Marian Moser Jones, Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Family Science, University of Maryland • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~6 min