Your Local Epidemiologist

Your Local Epidemiologist
Providing a direct line of science to you
Created 08 Feb 2021
  • Influenza is back…sort of
    14 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 89 20
    Para leer la versión en español, pulse aquí. Another familiar respiratory virus is back: influenza (otherwise known as the flu). Influenza circulated at historic lows last year. In fact, flu was the l...
  • State of Affairs: Pediatrics and Omicron
    13 Jan 2022 • 7 min read • 279 29
    Si quiere leer la versión en español, pulse aquí. This is a deep dive into the epidemiology of COVID19 indicators among kids in the wake of Omicron. In this post, I frame the data a little differently...
  • State of Affairs: Jan 10
    10 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 169 60
    Si quiere leer la versión en español, pulse aquí. The world reported more than 9.5 million cases last week, which is a 71% increase compared to the previous week. Although the greatest increase is sti...
  • Our Youth are Struggling with Mental Health
    08 Jan 2022 • 6 min read • 65 10
    Si quiere leer la versión en español, pulse aquí. This post contains sensitive information including discussion of suicide. If you are in need of help, there are an abundance of resources on the Natio...
  • A quick note on masks and CDC guidance...
    06 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 203 60
    Masks A post or two ago I mentioned a meta-analysis about masks and forgot to include a hyperlink to the study. I know many of you are looking for it, so here it is. In short, the authors pooled 72 st...
  • Antigen tests and Omicron
    05 Jan 2022 • 8 min read • 170 47
    There’s no question that rapid antigen (Ag) testing is limited right now due to high demand: stores are sold out, health departments are prioritizing based on need, and online orders are delayed. Whil...
  • There is good news
    05 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 337 48
    I received thousands of emails, messages, and comments after my last post, all asking, essentially, the same thing: Is there any hope? So, I interrupt my regular broadcast with a big, loud answer: YES...
  • State of Affairs: Jan 3
    03 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 232 73
    Did you blink? If so, you may have missed Omicron springboard us into a hyperdrive tsunami of cases. For the first time during the pandemic, the world reported more than 1 million confirmed cases per ...
  • Here come the antivirals
    31 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 123 82
    As epidemiologists, “primary prevention” is our main goal—reduce morbidity and mortality by preventing large populations from getting disease altogether. Vaccines are our best (but not only) tool to p...
  • State of Affairs: Dec 28
    29 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 254 101
    I was hoping for a relatively quiet week. But, as with a lot of people right now, SARS-CoV-2 finally caught up with my little family. I finally got a break at our “hot mess express” house to get a han...
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