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

How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.

Carolee Bull, Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 insects soil plants fungi viruses integrated-pest-management gardening nematodes weeds land-grant-universities plant-health victory-garden

Group testing for coronavirus – called pooled testing – could be the fastest and cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Screening multiple samples with a single test gets more people diagnosed using fewer supplies. Two health policy researchers explain how it works and how it could help the U.S.

Erin Trish, Associate Director, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics, University of Southern California • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus sars-cov-2 testing diagnostic-tests rt-pcr swab-test red-cross

The science of how you sound when you talk through a face mask

Worried you won't be understood while wearing a mask? Don't be. We studied how people sound while talking through fabric and the results are encouraging.

Dominic Watt, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science, University of York • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus linguistics speech face-masks coronavirus-insights

Which drugs and therapies are proven to work, and which ones don't, for COVID-19?

During the last six months, news reports have mentioned dozens of drugs that may be effective against the new coronavirus. Here we lay out the evidence and reveal which ones are proven to work. Or not.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic sars-cov-2 remdesivir severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars mers-cov hydroxychloroquine chloroquine ace2 treatments cytokine-storm steroids ace-inhibitors

COVID-19 and teletherapy may be changing how much you know about your therapist

With most therapy sessions now online, a psychologist explores whether more self-disclosure by therapists – sharing more about their own lives – might help their patients.

Adrienne Lapidos, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health psychiatry covid-19 coronavirus psychology pandemic telehealth mental-illness therapy telemedicine covid-19-front-lines technology psychotherapy

Coronavirus: why we should end the pandemic ban on reusable cups

Recently washed cups could be safer than single-use containers that could have been sitting around for ages.

Sarah Pitt, Principal Lecturer, Microbiology and Biomedical Science Practice, Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, University of Brighton • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus waste single-use-plastic

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also the blame

Tribal lands are hot spots for COVID-19 infections and deaths. Racism is one of the reasons.

Sonja Michal Smith, Graduate student, Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Northern Arizona University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  indigenous-people  george-floyd  arizona

The US isn't in a second wave of coronavirus – the first wave never ended

The recent spike in new coronavirus cases in the US is not due to a second wave, but simply the virus moving into new populations or surging in places that opened up too soon.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic transmission sars-cov-2 new-york 1918-flu-pandemic florida texas second-wave eradication

COVID-19 messes with Texas: What went wrong, and what other states can learn as younger people get sick

Texas hospitals are filling up with new COVID-19 cases, and many of the people falling ill are young.

Tiffany A. Radcliff, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

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

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