As scientists frantically try to find drugs to slow COVID-19's spread, citizen science offers an opportunity for all of us to get involved.
Disinfecting an area takes time and effort. And there is only so much you can do.
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The coronavirus, like many infectious diseases, can live and spread on inanimate objects in the world around us. An epidemiologist explains how and gives some advice on how to minimize the risk.
Places where lots of animals come into contact can help pathogens move from species to species.
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In the real world, new diseases emerge from complex environments. To learn more about how, scientists set up whole artificial ecosystems in the lab, instead of focusing on just one factor at a time.
To how many others will one infected person spread the infection?
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Epidemiologists want to quickly identify any emerging disease's potential to spread far and wide. Dependent on a number of factors, this R0 number helps them figure that out and plan accordingly.
Camp beds set up for travelers returning to Germany from China, who will be isolated for two weeks to make sure they don’t have coronavirus.
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Even before people understood how germs spread disease, they tried to isolate the sick to keep them from infecting others.
Whether by biology or behavior, some people in the crowd will transmit coronavirus to more than the average number of others.
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The novel coronavirus spreading outward from Wuhan, China, will get an assist from a subset of infected people who transmit it to many others.
Chinese cobra (
Naja atra) with hood spread.
A new coronavirus related to SARS and MERS has now traveled from China to the United States. A genetic analysis reveals that this deadly pathogen may have originated in snakes.
The rise in size of your festive bird hides a chemical concern.
Recent improvements in medical management of HIV infection are not well understood in the legal sector.
HIV diagnosis is devastating for patients and their families. But the infection is no longer a death sentence, and should not be prosecuted as such say experts.