All pandemics end eventually. But how, exactly, will we know when the COVID-19 pandemic is really “over”? It turns out the answer to that question may lie more in sociology than epidemiology. bit.ly/3y9cMTA
The James Webb Space Telescope’s snapshots of a giant world orbiting another star show that the observatory is performing even better than expected and that its best exoplanet images are yet to come bit.ly/3dZGB2i
Are there any female and / or BIPOC science reporter folks who want to contribute to our 60 second science pod for @sciam? Happy to DM rates / info. And — if you’re new to audio or out of school, would love to work with you. ❤️
This is our second back-to-school special episode. Today, we talk about two big issues—the low vaccination rates among the littlest kids, and how long you should quarantine after being sick (actually). bit.ly/3URPrQ4
President Biden declared that "the pandemic is over." With at least 400 people in the U.S. still dying every day, and many more around the world, is it really?
@jfischman and @tanyalewis314 discuss this on the latest episode of "COVID, Quickly"
When Y.Y. started college at @HowardU as a mechanical engineering student, she quickly encountered the difficulty of entering industry as one of the few Black women in her field.
🎧 @LostWomenofScii Season 3, Episode 2 is out now.bit.ly/3xYLEqj4
When COVID swept the planet, the moral injury crisis became more pressing as ethically wrenching dilemmas became the new normal—not just for health care workers but for others in frontline roles. bit.ly/3E2oH9C
All pandemics end eventually. But how, exactly, will we know when the COVID-19 pandemic is really “over”? It turns out the answer to that question may lie more in sociology than epidemiology. bit.ly/3SkroaU
As the weather gets colder and we all spend more time indoors with more COVID and flu circulating, spare a thought for your indoor air quality! Here's our handy explainer to help you out @sciam: scientificamerican.com/video/how-to-i…
The scientific testing techniques and reporting system have been so successful that the CDC is now aiming to expand its efforts to track other pathogens, such as flu viruses and salmonella, in hopes of responding more quickly to future regional outbreaks. (5/5)
At @BiobotAnalytics technicians sift out the viral particles using nanoscale magnetic beads and then run them through a PCR machine—the same device used for the most accurate type of COVID testing. (4/5)
While the idea of turning to poop for data might seem desperate, the process is fairly high-tech: wastewater treatment facilities pump out small samples, which are then shipped to public and private labs for further examination. (3/5)
All you have to do to contribute to the data...is flush.
“You're counted, regardless of your access to health care. Regardless of whether you have symptoms, as long as you're using the toilet and that toilet is connected to a wastewater collection system.” (2/5)
With the rise of home testing, health officials lost their tight grip on COVID case tallies. Epidemiologists had a solution—poop snooping. (1/5)
📽️ Here’s how the pandemic made wastewater monitoring mainstream:bit.ly/3xZNPKhU (By@lgroskinn)S