Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist

Emily Smith
Science and faith through the lens of equity and love-thy-neighbor. For credentials and media, go here.
Created 22 May 2021
  • Are we plateauing too high for winter?
    15 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 15 14
    Subscribe now Share After a much needed decline in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, the US is again seeing increases in cases and positivity rates. We have plateaued at around 80,000 cases per day...
  • Vaccines for 5-11 year olds
    11 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 19 13
    Share Subscribe now My youngest got his COVID vaccine yesterday and we are officially on our way to being a fully vaccinated house. Whew, anyone feel a huge sense of breathing again? It was fairly emo...
  • "Natural immunity" is not enough
    01 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 14 5
    Subscribe now Share A recent CDC study summarized what most of us have been saying for a long time: You need to be vaccinated even if you’ve had COVID. Natural immunity if you’ve had COVID is not enou...
  • Jesus would not get a vaccine religious exemption
    29 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 26 12
    Subscribe now Share ***For the new people, welcome! I am a PhD epidemiologist (full credentials and more about me here.) From the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been writing as the Friendly Neighbor ...
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations and long-COVID in adolescents
    25 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 15 4
    Subscribe now Many of you (like myself) have kids/adolescents between the ages of 12-18. My first-born girl turned 13 over the weekend (happy birthday!). She is fully vaccinated and I hope this post w...
  • Weekly summary: And, good stuff for your weekend
    22 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 9 4
    There’s a lot of fast-moving data coming out! So, I thought I’d provide a weekly summary of some of the main highlights on COVID from the week. And, include some fun-non-COVID stuff at the end like wh...
  • Mix and match vaccines
    19 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 13 20
    Subscribe now In anticipation of this week’s ACIP meeting on Thursday (that’s the CDC group to review after the FDA’s meeting last week), there’s lots of chatter about mix-and-match for vaccine booste...
  • Drinking from a fire-hose-of-data
    15 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 7
    As you probably know from the news, the FDA has lots of meetings this week regarding boosters. There’s so much data to digest and talk through and update you all with! And the meetings are still going...
  • My summer reading list
    12 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 6 2
    Subscribe now Share How about a non-COVID post? I promised I would share my summer reading list a few weeksish ago. Uhm, it’s still kindof summer, right? Ok, maybe not. But I still wanted to share the...
  • Honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 21 0
    Today, instead of my normal Monday-review post, I want to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Did you know that the idea for a day was first proposed in 1977 at a United Nations Conference? Fast forward to...
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