What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them

People have lived with infectious disease throughout the millennia, with culture and biology influencing each other. Archaeologists decode the stories told by bones and what accompanies them.

Michael Westaway, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Archaeology, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus archaeology pandemic skeletons plague sars-cov-2 outbreak disease pathology 1918-flu-pandemic black-death pathogens disease-spread pathogen skeleton bioarchaeology

A few superspreaders transmit the majority of coronavirus cases

Epidemiological data suggests that 80% of COVID-19 cases can be traced to just 20% of those infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Elizabeth McGraw, Professor of Entomology and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
June 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus pandemic sars-cov-2 severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars disease-spread middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-mers contact-tracing r0 super-spreader disease-outbreak disease-outbreaks r0-number

Infected with the coronavirus but not showing symptoms? A physician answers 5 questions about asymptomatic COVID-19

Your body can be infected and fight off SARS-CoV-2 without your ever noticing.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 immune-system antibodies cough sneeze sars-cov-2 symptoms disease-spread viral-spread typhoid-mary

The coronavirus genome is like a shipping label that lets epidemiologists track where it's been

Every time the virus copies itself it makes mistakes, creating a trail that researchers can use to build a family tree with information about where it's traveled, and when.

Taylor Carter, PhD Student in Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: epidemiology coronavirus wuhan sars-cov-2 coronavirus-2020 viruses disease-spread mutation mutation-rate viral-evolution viral-spread

Six unknown factors in coronavirus models and how they could affect predictions

The questions researchers around the world are working on day and night.

Imran Mahmood Qureshi Hashmi, Research Fellow in Agent-based Modelling, Brunel University London • conversation
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  epidemiology  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  disease-spread  computer-simulations  epidemiological-modelling

Fleeing from the coronavirus is dangerous for you, the people you encounter along the way and wherever you end up

Universities and colleges around the world are closing. People are fleeing from cities. Some people are being forced to move but others must weigh the risks and ethical concerns of travel.

Rebecca S.B. Fischer, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Texas A&M University • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  sars-cov-2  social-distancing  outbreak  coronavirus-2020  travel-restrictions  disease-spread

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