Is COVID-19 infecting wild animals? We're testing species from bats to seals to find out

COVID-19 has been found in pets, zoo animals and in a wild mink in Utah. Monitoring wildlife for COVID-19 is important for animals and humans, both of whom face risks from a jumping virus.

Kaitlin Sawatzki, Postdoctoral Infectious Disease Researcher, Tufts University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

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How many people need to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to stop the coronavirus?

Researchers say around 70% of the US needs to get the coronavirus vaccine to stop the pandemic. But questions around the vaccines and regional differences add some uncertainty to that estimate.

Pedro Mendes, Professor of Cell Biology, University of Connecticut • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~8 min

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How to host a safe holiday meal during coronavirus – an epidemiologist explains her personal plans

COVID-19 and holiday family gatherings are not a good pair. But taking the right precautions before, during and after the family gets together can greatly reduce coronavirus risk this holiday season.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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How to use ventilation and air filtration to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors

Good ventilation can reduce the risk of catching coronavirus. An environmental engineer explains how to know if enough outside air is getting into a room and what do to if ventilation is bad.

Shelly Miller, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~10 min

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Yes, kids can get COVID-19 – 3 pediatricians explain what's known about coronavirus and children

Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.

Shipra Gupta, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease, West Virginia University • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

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The US isn't in a second wave of coronavirus – the first wave never ended

The recent spike in new coronavirus cases in the US is not due to a second wave, but simply the virus moving into new populations or surging in places that opened up too soon.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Can people spread the coronavirus if they don't have symptoms? 5 questions answered about asymptomatic COVID-19

There is a lot of confusion and concern around asymptomatic spread of SARS-C0V-2. An infectious disease expert explains how many people are asymptomatic and how they can spread the virus.

Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

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How the coronavirus escapes an evolutionary trade-off that helps keep other pathogens in check

Pathogens typically face a trade-off between virulence and transmission. But that's not the case with SARS-CoV-2.

Joe Alcock, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

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Quarantine bubbles – when done right – limit coronavirus risk and help fight loneliness

People are turning to quarantine bubbles as a way to see friends and family while limiting the risk from the coronavirus. Research shows that this can work, but it's not easy to be in a quaranteam.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~10 min

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