History tells us trying to stop diseases like COVID-19 at the border is a failed strategy

The US response to the coronavirus was slow and problematic, but it also was rooted in a 19th-century way of viewing public health.

Charles McCoy, Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY Plattsburgh • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus pandemic quarantine outbreak epidemics cdc disease-control yellow-fever

Can big countries realistically eliminate COVID-19 without a vaccine? Four experts discuss

New Zealand has managed it, but densely population, highly infected countries face a bigger challenge.

Lakshmi Manoharan, Medical Epidemiologist, University of Oxford • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus disease-control coronavirus-insights

Ignaz Semmelweis, the doctor who discovered the disease-fighting power of hand-washing in 1847

A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.

Leslie S. Leighton, Visiting Lecturer of History, Georgia State University • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: history-of-medicine maternal-mortality handwashing history-of-science hand-washing disease-control contagion cleanliness handwashing-and-coronavirus

Coronavirus control measures aren't pointless – just slowing down the pandemic could save millions of lives

Best-case estimates suggest 40 million American adults may come down with COVID-19. But an epidemiologist explains why now is not the time to just give up.

Matthew McQueen, Director, Public Health Program and Associate Professor of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~5 min

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