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

What makes a 'wave' of disease? An epidemiologist explains

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.

Abram L. Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
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

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

The puzzling questions of the coronavirus: A doctor addresses 6 questions that are stumping physicians

Mysteries surround the coronavirus, but our expert is here to address some of the most perplexing issues.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  infectious-diseases  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  pandemic  severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars  cdc  coronavirus-symptoms  infections  cytokine-storm

How people react to the threat of disease could mean COVID-19 is reshaping personalities

Human psychology has evolved to avoid situations that could lead to infection. Behavioral choices now could have long-term effects on how people interact with others and the world.

Vivian Zayas, Associate Professor of Psychology, Cornell University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus immune-system psychology sars-cov-2 disease anthony-fauci infection pathogens germs personality diseases disgust pathogen health-behaviors behavior

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

I was a nurse on the front lines of Ebola, and I saw that nurses need support for the trauma and pain they experience

Nurses on the front lines of a pandemic need education, training and institutional support.

Cheedy Jaja, Professor of Nursing, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus ebola stress burnout covid-19-front-lines nurses west-africa ebola-outbreak

Coronavirus may wane this summer, but don't count on any seasonal variation to end the pandemic

Winter is flu season – could it be coronavirus season as well? The research is mixed, but other factors besides temperature and humidity have more to do with the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Ellen Wright Clayton, Professor of Pediatrics and Law and Health Policy, Vanderbilt University • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~5 min

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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

Overloaded morgues, mass graves and infectious remains: How forensic pathologists handle the coronavirus dead

An expert on forensic science explains the critical role of coroners and pathologists in the COVID-19 crisis, as many cities struggle to manage the soaring number of dead bodies.

Ahmad Samarji, Associate Professor of Forensic Science Education & STEM Education and the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Phoenicia University • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  infectious-diseases  covid-19  coronavirus  ebola  death  pandemic  forensic-science  covid-19-front-lines  coroner  q-and-a  autopsy  human-remains

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