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
Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus pandemic quarantine outbreak epidemics cdc disease-control yellow-fever
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
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.
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.
Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus immune-system pandemic severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars cdc coronavirus-symptoms infections cytokine-storm
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.
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.
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.
April 29, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus ebola stress burnout covid-19-front-lines nurses west-africa ebola-outbreak
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.
April 15, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 sars-cov-2 heat severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars viruses mers-cov temperature humidity infectious-disease-research us-national-academy-of-sciences national-academies seasonal-flu flu-season
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.
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.
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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