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The Statistics Behind “Breakthrough” Infections

27 Aug 2021

Recently we have seen a rash of headlines along the lines of “75% of infected people were fully vaccinated” atop stories describing a “super-spreader” event in Massachusetts. While that statistic...

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...

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...

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