A leading infectious disease expert explains how to be as safe as possible on this very different Fourth

This is the first Fourth of July in which Americans must deal with the coronavirus pandemic. One of the nation's premier infectious disease experts explains why it's important to take special care.

William Schaffner, Professor of preventive medicine, health policy, infectious diseses, Vanderbilt University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  coronavirus-2020  fourth-of-july

Coronavirus: could it be burning out after 20% of a population is infected?

There is speculation about whether a population can achieve some sort of immunity to the virus with as little as 20% infected.

Joacim Rocklöv, Professor of Epidemiology, Umeå University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 immune-system immune-cells antibodies herd-immunity coronavirus-2020 sweden genetic-epidemiology

Developing resilience is an important tool to help you deal with coronavirus and the surge in cases

In the time of the coronavirus, learning how to adapt to adversity belongs in your toolkit.

Keith M. Bellizzi, Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Connecticut • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  mental-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  resilience  mental-illness  coronavirus-2020  psychotherapy  managing-emotions  resiliency

Coronavirus: our study suggests more people have had it than previously estimated

Many more people have been infected with coronavirus than the statistics suggest.

Scott McLachlan, Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: computer-science covid-19 statistics coronavirus-2020

What doctors know about lingering symptoms of coronavirus

Is it possible that people who recover from COVID-19 will be plagued with long term side effects from the infection? An infectious disease physician reviews the evidence so far.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  wuhan  sars-cov-2  delirium  coronavirus-2020  sars-cov  smell  taste  icu  pneumonia  acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome

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

Tags:  covid-19  social-distancing  hand-washing  coronavirus-2020  mask-wearing

Coronavirus: why it's dangerous to blindly 'follow the science' when there's no consensus yet

If expert advice on the pandemic turns out to be wrong, it will have dire consequences for how reliable scientific evidence is treated in other policy areas, such as climate change.

Eric Winsberg, Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of South Florida • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change covid-19 coronavirus-2020 lockdown peer-review covid-19-lockdown scientific-publishing philosophy-of-science

Can you visit your dad safely on Father's Day? A doctor gives you a checklist

Father's Day is approaching, raising questions about the safety of visiting fathers and grandfathers. A doctor offers guidelines.

Claudia Finkelstein, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Michigan State University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  blacklivesmatter  coronavirus-2020  staying-safe-amid-coronavirus-2020  fathers-day-2020

Coronavirus: the psychological impact of 'shielding' indoors – and how to move on

Many people who shielding during the coronavirus pandemic will need help to step forward and reclaim life.

Jo Daniels, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Bath • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: psychology medical-care coronavirus-2020 self-isolation lockdown

We may be safer now from coronavirus than we were three months ago, but we're not totally safe

If coronavirus is still circulating, why are we safer now that social distancing measures have been relaxed? A public health expert explains.

Ryan Malosh, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 quarantine social-distancing coronavirus-2020 contact-tracing super-spreader

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