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What Scientists Wish They Knew a Year Ago About the Covid-19 Pandemic


On January 20, 2020, the first known case of covid-19 in the U.S. was reported—a man in his 30s who had traveled back to Washington State from Wuhan, China, where the first cases of the novel viral disease had been discovered in December 2019. Nearly everyone failed to predict the full scale of the devastation […]

The Guardian, December 13, 2020: How the pandemic may change the previous status quo


“We can use this pandemic as a galvanising force for change. [I would like to see a universal healthcare act in the U.S.] to prevent a lot of the worst healthcare outcomes that come from inequality but also to minimise the economic, social and health inequality in the first place. The conditions of possibility are […]

How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black Men

Roland Thorpe

ProPublica How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black Men?“They were pillars of their communities and families, and they are not replaceable. To understand why COVID-19 killed so many young Black men, you need to know the legend of John Henry.”Roland Thorpe is quoted.

A ‘Dangerous Moment’ as End of Eviction Ban Looms


U.S. News & World ReportA ‘Dangerous Moment’ as End of Eviction Ban LoomsAs the end of 2020 approaches, so, too, does the expiration of a national ban on evictions, prompting proponents to warn that leaving people without such a safety net will only exacerbate the rise in coronavirus infections, particularly among low-income people and communities […]

AAAS 2020 Fellows Announced


Elizabeth A. Stuart, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: For highly influential contributions to development and application of causal inference methods, for excellence in teaching and mentoring, and for distinguished professional leadership in statistics.

Bad Financial Decisions May Be Early Sign of Dementia


Financial problems may be an early warning of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Those with dementia were more likely to have missed bill payments up to six years before being diagnosed. They were also more likely to have subprime credit ratings up to two and a […]