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“Antibodies, Are You There?” Answering This Question Proves Challenging

28 May 2020

Technology is imperfect. Anyone who’s ever used a computer knows this. You search for a file that you know to be on your hard drive and somehow the search function just cannot find it. If computers...

Predicting Emerging COVID-19 Hotspots...Without Asking

27 May 2020

The ability to accurately pinpoint areas where new cases of COVID-19 are rising would help to better allocate resources and enact better local policy....

The Anti-Vaccine Movement in 2020

22 May 2020

What does an antivaxxer and a far-right activist have in common? If the thought of someone who opposes vaccines brings to mind tie-dye shirts and tree hugging, your answer may be “nothing.” But...

Contact Tracing is the Key To Solving the Spread of Infectious Diseases

20 May 2020

Today it is COVID-19 that is sowing panic around the world but in 19th century England the fear was of cholera, a dreadful disease. It causes diarrhea so severe that a victim can lose as much as...

Smoking, Vitamin D, and COVID-19

20 May 2020

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

How Antivirals Create Paper Jams That Stop Viruses in Their Tracks

15 May 2020

Here’s a counterintuitive fact: an antiviral drug does not kill a virus. The real virus killers are the virucides, like alcohol and bleach, that tear the virus apart. It’s all in the name, with “...

Physical Isolation and the Case of Typhoid Mary

15 May 2020

Infectious diseases have a long history. The first epidemics were probably caused by the variola virus that causes smallpox. The disease commonly spreads through skin-to-skin contact or contact...

(May 14, 2020) COVID-19 and More: Conversations with the McGill OSS

14 May 2020

This week's "COVID and More: Conversations with the McGill OSS" took a deep dive into face masks, Kawasaki Disease, buying food (and coffee, Emily Shore misses hers), different strains of the virus...

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