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
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It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.
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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.
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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
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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
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