epidemiology

New COVID cases dropping, but worrying signs on the horizon

Enlarge / Aerial view showing a tractor digging graves in a new area of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida, where COVID-19 victims are buried, in Manaus, Brazil. Marcio James / Getty Images While attention has been focused on the worrying new variants of SARS-CoV-2, there has been some good news: despite the evolution of a number …

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Is it too late for the US to execute a pandemic plan?

Enlarge / A woman in France displays a contact tracing app. DAMIEN MEYER / Getty Images There’s a standard set of best practices for disease outbreaks that includes a process called contact tracing. Each time you identify someone infected, you figure out who they’ve been in proximity to during the time they were infectious. You …

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How the Warsaw Ghetto beat back typhus during World War II

Enlarge / Painting by Israel Bernbaum depicting Jewish children in Warsaw Ghetto and in the death camps (1981). Monclair State University collection During the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II, Jewish residents in Warsaw were forcibly confined to a district known as the Warsaw Ghetto. The crowded, unsanitary conditions and meager food rations …

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What’s up with Sweden?

Enlarge / State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden has admitted that the pandemic response he promotes hasn’t worked out as well as he hoped. ANDERS WIKLUND/Getty Images Earlier this week, Sweden’s government epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, admitted that his plans for how the country should handle the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hasn’t quite …

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3 different countries, 1 result: Stay-at-home orders work

Enlarge / Classes have restarted in France following the lifting of restrictions. SEBASTIEN BOZON/Getty Images The various forms of social restrictions, from distancing to stay-at-home orders, seem like a radical departure to most of us. But faced with a pathogen that spreads through human interactions, they’re an obvious potential solution to limit that spread. And …

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