What's an epidemiologist?

Epidemiologists focus on diseases among groups of people. They also study the spread of disease among animals.

Jared D. Taylor, Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology, Oklahoma State University • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus-2020 curious-kids curious-kids-us veterinarians

Remdesivir explained – what makes this drug work against viruses?

Gilead's drug Remdesivir showed preliminary positive results in clinical trials. But what is this drug and how, exactly, does it work?

Katherine Seley-Radtke, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and President-Elect of the International Society for Antiviral Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: epidemiology covid-19 pandemic sars-cov-2 remdesivir viruses replication

Coronavirus: why testing and contact tracing isn't a simple solution

Are criticisms that governments should have done more fair?

Jimmy Whitworth, Professor of International Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: epidemiology public-health covid-19 coronavirus contact-tracing

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

Coronavirus: are we underestimating how many people have had it? Sweden thinks so

Swedish authorities claim the country is rapidly approaching herd immunity.

Paul W Franks, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, Lund University • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus pandemic infection sweden uk

Lack of data makes predicting COVID-19's spread difficult but models are still vital

Why is there such a wide difference in projections for how much COVID-19 will spread? An expert in disease modeling explains what models can and cannot do.

Lester Caudill, Professor of Mathematics, University of Richmond • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  infectious-diseases  epidemiology  covid-19  coronavirus  diseases  modeling

Coronavirus case counts are going to go up – but that doesn't mean social distancing is a bust

COVID-19 has a long incubation time, and testing can take days to get results. Don't let continually rising case numbers make you give up on staying at home.

Abram Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  epidemiology  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  social-distancing  outbreak  economy  new-coronavirus  h1n1  h1n1-pandemic  us-economy  public-perception  self-efficacy

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

What the coronavirus does to your body that makes it so deadly

The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, spreads faster than the H1N1 influenza virus and is much deadlier. SARS-CoV-2 is particularly skilled at keeping cells from calling out for help.

Benjamin Neuman, Professor of Biology, Texas A&M University-Texarkana • conversation
April 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  influenza  infectious-diseases  epidemiology  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  pandemic  blood-pressure  vaccines  sars-cov-2  viruses  new-coronavirus  mers-cov  virology

How to model a pandemic

Behind every government announcement, there is an army of epidemiologists predicting how the virus will spread, and how to beat it.

Christian Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~17 min

Tags:  epidemiology  covid-19  coronavirus  disease  new-coronavirus  interdisciplinarity  in-depth  insights-series

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