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COVID-19

Cherry-Picking in the Era of COVID-19

8 Jul 2020

President Trump recently claimed that the U.S. is doing very well in the battle against COVID-19 because the death rate from the disease is declining. This was said in support of his agenda of ...

Placebos Used in Vaccine Trials Do Not Please Everyone

3 Jul 2020

Against what does a vaccine need to be tested in the context of a clinical trial? The answer that pops immediately to mind is “a placebo.” In the medical sciences, things get compared to placebos...

Let's Puncture Some Myths About Masks

3 Jul 2020

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette....

(July 2, 2020) COVID and More: Conversations with the McGill OSS

2 Jul 2020

The McGill Office for Science and Society returned with another “COVID and More" this week. Some of the topics discussed included vaccine progress and sentiment, the sensitivity and specificity of...

The Magical Ring That Was Claimed to Predict COVID-19

26 Jun 2020

As the NBA resumes its basketball season in Florida, sports journalists are pointing out that players will have the option to wear a $300 ring fitted with the latest technology to act as an early...

(June 18, 2020) COVID and More: Conversations with the McGill OSS

18 Jun 2020

Joe Schwarcz, Jonathan Jarry, and Emily Shore discuss a whole host of topics (some COVID, some not) on this week's "COVID and More". "Flushable" wipes, essential oils, design of a toilet seat,...

No, Bleach Isn't for Gargling or Washing Fruit

17 Jun 2020

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

(June 11) COVID and More: Conversations with the McGill Office for Science and Society

15 Jun 2020

The whole definition of “the restaurant” has been redefined in this pandemic. What do restaurants look like in a COVID world? Is the restaurant "experience" a thing of the past? Montreal vs NY...

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