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
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.
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 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
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.
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
Researchers from New York University are designing AI algorithms to help predict COVID-19 outcomes.
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.
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
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.
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.
March 23, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus sars-cov-2 social-distancing outbreak coronavirus-2020 travel-restrictions disease-spread
With no vaccines or treatments, the fight against coronavirus comes down to this behavioral technique. A physician explains how it works.
March 13, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic quarantine sars-cov-2 social-distancing outbreak viruses infection
As the novel coronavirus spreads, an expert offers ways the elderly can stay safe while staying connected.
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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