Test positivity rates measure the success of a testing program. Even though the US performs a huge number of tests, high test positivity rates across the country show that that it still isn't enough.
July 30, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic donald-trump sars-cov-2 outbreak testing epidemics coronavirus-testing asymptomatic
There's no scientific definition for a wave of disease – and no evidence that the original onslaught of coronavirus in the US has receded much at all.
July 6, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: influenza infectious-diseases epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus pandemic sars-cov-2 herd-immunity epidemics 1918-flu-pandemic iran seasonal-flu waves second-wave pandemic-flu seasonality coronaviruses
A simple computer model shows that safety measures can significantly impact both the exponential spread of COVID-19 and mortality rates.
June 26, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus pandemic sars-cov-2 social-distancing epidemics epidemiological-modelling
Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.
June 25, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: health climate covid-19 coronavirus ebola pandemic malaria forests disease epidemics wildlife deforestation bats wildlife-trade monkeys mosquitoes yellow-fever zoonoses vectors carrying-capacity
A majority of vaccine skeptics plan to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, a study suggests, and that could be a big problem
As most of the world early awaits a vaccine for COVID-19, a smaller group of people scoffs. They could spell real trouble in the effort to build widespread immunity.
May 4, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 pandemic anthony-fauci coronavirus-2020 epidemics vaccine-development coronavirus-vaccine anti-vaxxers covid-19-vaccine bill-gates vaccine-safety
An audio version of an in depth article on why mathematical modelling is crucial to understanding pandemics like the new coronavirus.
April 3, 2020 • ~2 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic epidemics in-depth-out-loud-podcast mathematical-modelling
Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
March 25, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: history-of-medicine infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus history ebola pandemic rift-valley-fever wuhan world-health-organization sars-cov-2 2019-ncov epidemics new-coronavirus world-health-organization-who norovirus wuhan-coronavirus lassa-fever cholera bush-meat ebola-virus ebola-virus-disease rift-valley-fever-virus ebola-zaire ebola-blame covid-19-pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic must be managed in India in a tense economic context and with a largely privatised health system.
March 20, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: infectious-diseases public-health poverty covid-19 coronavirus pandemic india narendra-modi southeast-asia populism the-conversation-france epidemics
It took decades for scientists to recognize HIV/AIDS as a new disease, and years longer to mobilize an effective response with broad public support. Will the US do better against novel coronavirus?
March 16, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: infectious-diseases public-health covid-19 coronavirus hivaids epidemics us-history
The US blood supply chain is often fragile, but the coronavirus could make it more so. An expert explains.
March 12, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic epidemics blood-supply blood-transfusions blood-shortages
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