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

Cloth masks do protect the wearer – breathing in less coronavirus means you get less sick

In places where everyone wears a mask, cases of COVID-19 seem to be less severe. Evidence from labs and outbreaks suggests that masks protect not only others, but the person wearing the mask, too.

Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic transmission sars-cov-2 n95-masks outbreak exposure viruses masks protection surgical-mask

Test positivity rate: How this one figure explains that the US isn't doing enough testing yet

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.

Ronald D. Fricker, Jr., Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic donald-trump sars-cov-2 outbreak testing epidemics coronavirus-testing asymptomatic

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

We designed an experimental AI tool to predict which COVID-19 patients are going to get the sickest

Researchers from New York University are designing AI algorithms to help predict COVID-19 outcomes.

Megan Coffee, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York University • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: machine-learning health medicine artificial-intelligence covid-19 coronavirus china pandemic sars-cov-2 outbreak hemoglobin predictive-analytics

Digital surveillance can help bring the coronavirus pandemic under control – but also threatens privacy

Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.

Jennifer Daskal, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Technology, Law & Security Program, American University • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  quarantine  population  outbreak  viruses  new-coronavirus  surveillance  privacy  privacy-invasion  fourth-amendment  cell-phone  contact-tracing

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

Fleeing from the coronavirus is dangerous for you, the people you encounter along the way and wherever you end up

Universities and colleges around the world are closing. People are fleeing from cities. Some people are being forced to move but others must weigh the risks and ethical concerns of travel.

Rebecca S.B. Fischer, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Texas A&M University • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  sars-cov-2  social-distancing  outbreak  coronavirus-2020  travel-restrictions  disease-spread

Social distancing: What it is and why it's the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus

With no vaccines or treatments, the fight against coronavirus comes down to this behavioral technique. A physician explains how it works.

Thomas Perls, Professor of Medicine, Boston University • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  health  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  quarantine  sars-cov-2  social-distancing  outbreak  viruses  infection

A geriatrician offers 4 tips for seniors to stay connected during coronavirus outbreak

As the novel coronavirus spreads, an expert offers ways the elderly can stay safe while staying connected.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
March 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  aging  elderly  social-distancing  outbreak  coronavirus-2020  viruses  new-coronavirus  social-isolation  cdc

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