Top pick of the day: Sunday

Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die. Which is too bad because we really need to understand how the immune system reacts to the coronavirus.

Health Article by Ed Yong, online at The Atlantic, August 5, 2020.

My kids always remind me how much of a nerd I am. Guilty as charged! This TPOTD is further evidence. Another thoughtful piece by Ed Yong at the Atlantic, this article dives into the mystery of what immunity really means. Spoiler alert: it’s not a black-and-white thing. Like most epidemiologists, immunology seems like a confusing and overly complicated specialty that I wish I understood better. As we inch toward herd immunity and a vaccine, now is a good time to bone up on what that field has to teach us.


Today’s bite-sized, handpicked selection of important news, information or science for all who want to know where this epidemic is going and what we should do.

Top pick of the day: Thursday

“It’s like we’re flying blind”: The US has a Covid-19 data problem. And fall is fast approaching.

Science and Health Article by Brian Resnick, online at VOX.com, August 5, 2020.

In this blog I have talked more about testing and issues related to the data on testing as much as any topic. As a disease detective, I know that our work can only be as good as the evidence we gather. This epidemic has revealed deep and troubling problems with our capacity to track infectious outbreaks. The politicization of data has made things worse. Once again, Vox does a good job of putting together the pieces. Key take-home messages: 1) We don’t have adequate real-time surveillance systems in place still; 2) We don’t have good metrics to gauge when the epidemic is contained; 3) It’s still very difficult to model the future of this epidemic.


Today’s bite-sized, handpicked selection of important news, information or science for all who want to know where this epidemic is going and what we should do.

Top pick of the day: Sunday

Covid-19 testing delays create a public health nightmare as schools and workplaces try to reopen

Tech Article by Christina Farr, posted online at CNBC, August 2, 2020.

The data seems to tell us that the epidemic is cooling off in the U.S.. As cautious disease detectives, we worry it’s not so simple. The President is yelling at Uncle Tony blaming the surge on too much testing! The White House ordered hospitals to redirect data to the White House instead of the CDC. Reports are flooding in that testing supplies are running low and results are delayed in many states. This article walks through these issues, raising further concerns that we are increasingly flying blind in this pandemic.


Today’s bite-sized, handpicked selection of important news, information or science for all who want to know where this epidemic is going and what we should do.