Steroids cut COVID-19 death rates, but not for everyone – here’s who benefits and who doesn’t

Three new studies show corticosteroids can reduce deaths in critically ill COVID-19 patients. But what about other patients?

Bryan McVerry, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Sept. 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology pandemic science hospitals research icu medication steroids

Reopening elementary schools carries less COVID-19 risk than high schools – but that doesn't guarantee safety

New research points to why reopening elementary schools is the safest bet and what else needs to happen for schools to have the best chance of staying open.

Justin Remais, Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: education health covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic science high-school k-12-education mathematical-models teachers k-12-online-learning elementary-schools

Kids are bigger coronavirus spreaders than many doctors realized – here’s how schools can lower the risk

Checking for symptoms is just the beginning. Here are 10 ways schools can help keep children, families and faculty safe.

Lucine Francis, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: education health teaching covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic science online-learning social-distancing research virtual-learning

Forensic breakthrough helps explain how innocent people's clothing fibres could end up at crime scenes

New research shows fibres can transfer between people without any contact.

Matteo Gallidabino, Senior lecturer in Forensic Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: crime science forensic-science crime-scene-investigation crime-scene

I'm a COVID-19 long-hauler and an epidemiologist – here's how it feels when symptoms last for months

Margot Gage Witvliet went from being healthy and active to fearing she was dying almost overnight. An epidemiologist, she dug into the research to understand what's happening to long-haulers like her.

Margot Gage Witvliet, Assistant Professor of Social Epidemiology, Lamar University • conversation
Aug. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  health  medicine  covid-19  coronavirus  death  pandemic  science  chronic-disease  fatigue  family  neurology  neurotoxins

Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America

Recent reports of dramatic declines in insect populations have sparked concern about an 'insect apocalypse.' But a new analysis of data from sites across North America suggests the case isn't proven.

Matthew D. Moran, Professor of Biology, Hendrix College • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: biodiversity insects science extinction ecology research biodiversity-loss publication-bias scholarship

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity birds ethics mice science australia rats cats sixth-mass-extinction conservation-biology logic justice moral-panic predator compassion apex-predators habitat-degradation

UK science thrives on international collaboration but faces an uncertain future

We can’t tackle the huge global challenges we face in isolation – scientists must be able to work together across borders.

Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 european-union-eu science research

Coronavirus scams: the science of how to spot and deal with nuisance callers

Scammers are exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic along with the lack of clarity as to how the Track and Trace system works. Here's what you need to know to stay safe.

Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction, Loughborough University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 science conversation

How coronavirus contact tracing works in a state Dr. Fauci praised as a model to follow

Since the state's first coronavirus case surfaced, trained case investigators have traced the contacts of every person who tested positive. Here's what else South Carolina got right.

Jenny Meredith, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, University of South Carolina • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus pandemic science health-care social-distancing anthony-fauci contact-tracing states south-carolina vulnerable-communities

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