A funeral director explains how the bodies of the deceased are prepared for burial or cremation in the United States.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: death coroner autopsy cremation medical-examiner embalming burial funeral-industry funeral dead-bodies
I'm a COVID-19 long-hauler and an epidemiologist – here's how it feels when symptoms last for months
Margot Gage Witvliet went from being healthy and active to fearing she was dying almost overnight. An epidemiologist, she dug into the research to understand what's happening to long-haulers like her.
Aug. 11, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus death pandemic science chronic-disease fatigue family neurology neurotoxins
Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.
July 28, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: children public-health coronavirus immune-system school death transmission sars-cov-2 disease reopening infection masks kawasaki-disease kids covd-19
The COVID-19 death toll in the US is now over 130,000. What do 130,000 fatalities look like? A biostatistician provides some perspective.
July 10, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus death statistics flu video deaths biostatistics
Putting a dollar value on human lives to compare the costs and benefits of stay-at-home orders can have unintended consequences. These researchers found a different way.
July 7, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus death economics pandemic social-distancing recession cost-benefit-analysis job-loss value-of-life
Without a vaccine, the cost of reaching herd immunity during a pandemic is counted in lives lost, and it won't quickly stop the virus's spread.
June 16, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: mathematics health covid-19 coronavirus death pandemic statistics vaccines herd-immunity
It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.
May 21, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus death psychology pandemic social-psychology donald-trump fear sars-cov-2 covid-19-pandemic behavior attitudes fear-of-death fears existential-anxiety
Whether we miss them, feel guilty about not having appreciated them more or struggle to forgive them, remembering our parents can hurt. Here's how to move on.
April 16, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: children parents death psychology memory philosophy lifes-big-questions forgiveness loss
A lot of numbers are being tossed around about COVID-19 and what to expect in the future. They're being used to make critical public health decisions, but they aren't as simple as they appear.
April 10, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus death policy statistics philosophy social-distancing coronavirus-2020 death-rates
Overloaded morgues, mass graves and infectious remains: How forensic pathologists handle the coronavirus dead
An expert on forensic science explains the critical role of coroners and pathologists in the COVID-19 crisis, as many cities struggle to manage the soaring number of dead bodies.
April 8, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus ebola death pandemic forensic-science covid-19-front-lines coroner q-and-a autopsy human-remains
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