The US response to the coronavirus was slow and problematic, but it also was rooted in a 19th-century way of viewing public health.
Aug. 28, 2020 • ~8 min
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Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
Aug. 24, 2020 • ~8 min
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Pandemic policy experts offer 10 recommendations that could reduce the risk that a bad flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic will overwhelm hospitals.
Aug. 20, 2020 • ~8 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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