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Active Children in COVID-19

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Hello, my name is Jen and I am the parent of extremely active children. No, this is not a clinical diagnosis. This is my mommy diagnosis. I have seen what happens to my two tiny humans if I keep them indoors for too long. It is not a pretty sight. In all fairness, my husband … Read More

Prevention Fatigue

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Pandemics have predictable phases that the public goes through. Those phases include identifying that there is a problem, reacting to the problem (usually panic), finding a solution to the problem, then tiring of the solution. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a perfect example of this. In the United States, when HIV was first described, there … Read More

The Importance of Face Masks from the Epidemiology Perspective

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Let’s talk about the importance of wearing a face mask during this pandemic. Face masks are uncomfortable, annoying, and no one likes wearing them. So, are they really necessary? Let’s think about other public health interventions that are uncomfortable, annoying, and that no one likes to deal with. Motorcycle helmets. Motorcycle helmet effectiveness in preventing … Read More

Why the Mask?

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I am saddened by the “politicizing” of the issue. There is actually reasonable, though not perfect science behind the suggestion. With the disclaimer that we are learning more every day, what we do know is that there are likely about one in five who have the coronavirus infection and have NO SYMPTOMS. Further, those of … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Research

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Hello and welcome to the fourth installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four different … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Public Health Infrastructure

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Hello and welcome to the third installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four different … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Infrastructure

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Hello and welcome to the second installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four different … Read More

The COVID-19 Experience

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The last few months have been something unprecedented, and I hope, something we don’t ever see again.  COVID-19 is a horrible virus that is causing so much damage to the entire world in infinite ways. The loss of life and health is frightening, and the financial losses to individuals, companies and countries is a story … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Vaccines

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Hello and welcome to the first installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, societal infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four … Read More

The Importance of Prevention in a Pandemic World

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Prevention is my job. It’s the thing I’ve dedicated my life to. Prophylaxis in its various forms is so important (e.g., vaccines, condoms, exercise, diet, etc). It’s why we enjoy longer lifespans than our ancestors. I think the hardest part of my job is what I call the “nothing problem.” When things go well, something … Read More

Epidemiology

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You may have heard the word “epidemiologist” a lot recently. So, why haven’t you heard about epidemiologists before now? It’s because if things are going well, it’s life as usual for the general public. We make “life as usual” possible for the world. We’re invested in prevention, and prevention is something that’s easily taken for … Read More

Reliable Facts in a Saturated COVID-19 World

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Amidst the fear and chaos that naturally accompanies a global outbreak of a new disease, finding a signal in all of the noise can be difficult. There is So. Much. Information. How do I comb through it all? What do I trust? What sources are reputable? How can I tell if something is a good … Read More