What are the hallmarks of high-quality reporting?

Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: Look for the ABCs of ethical journalism: Accountability; Balance; and Credibility Background: At its best, news reporting serves as an honest umpire, dispassionately calling the balls and strikes of current events.* But let’s get real: It can be hard to spot an honest ump right now. Anyone with a keyboard can become a self-styled

How do I safely take off, store, and reapply my mask?

Masks Staying Safe

A: Designate a CLEAN SIDE/DIRTY SIDE for your mask, USE THE STRINGS to put on and take off, and SANITIZE your hands and mask often. Evidence indicates wearing a mask reduces the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Developing routines around mask wearing will help improve your practice of this useful harm reduction strategy. *CLEAN SIDE/DIRTY SIDE* The

How can I stay safe while voting in person?

Staying Safe

A: Preparation is key! You CAN protect yourself and others while still exercising your right to vote. Whether you’re voting in person on or before Election Day, read on for what to prepare and how to stay safe while you’re there. While it is not ZERO risk, a few safety protocols can go a long

What do we currently know about SARS-CoV-2 re-infection?

Biology/Immunity Infection and Spread

A: So far it seems that short-term re-infection with SARS-CoV-2 is possible, but (hopefully) rare. A key question from the beginning of the pandemic has been what is the duration of immunity for SARS-CoV-2. Viruses like measles can provide lifelong immunity, but immunity to seasonal coronaviruses has generally been short-lived (around 12 months). One challenge

I heard somewhere that doctors and hospitals are falsely claiming deaths are due to COVID-19 and incorrectly increasing the case counts. Is that true?

Data and Metrics Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: No. There is no evidence that healthcare professionals are inflating the numbers of COVID-19 cases. Understanding the role of death certificates and how they are completed can help you get to the bottom of it. There has been increased circulation of a false claim that clinicians and hospitals are inflating the number of COVID-19

¿Se han cancelado las celebraciones de Halloween?

Families Posts en Español Staying Safe

R: ¡No! La celebración de Halloween no se ha cancelado. Como muchas cosas, Halloween va a ser diferente este año, pero con un poco de creatividad si podremos celebrar de una manera segura. Afortunadamente, muchas de las tradiciones de Halloween en los EE.UU. son compatibles con los conceptos básicos de reducción de daños de COVID:

How do I have a SMART Halloween?

Families Socializing Staying Safe

A: Good news!! Traditional Halloween activities in the United States are pretty easy to adapt to a COVID world! With a few modifications, we can trick-or-treat, dress up, visit friends outdoors, and go to pumpkin patches safely. Just keep the invitation list to a minimum, wear a mask, and skip the indoor activities. With Halloween

I can’t help but notice how well Maine is controlling COVID-19. What’s their secret? Rural state? Rich state? Not many older people?

Data and Metrics Infection and Spread Testing and Contact Tracing

A: Nope to those three, but yes to leadership, preparation, testing & tracing, and calm, science-based communication. It’s true: Maine is doing very well by almost all metrics used to track the epidemic. While 21 states had their highest daily case counts in the last 3 weeks, Maine’s single day record cases happened way back

Do I need to wear a mask when I am alone outside?

Masks Staying Safe

A: There are scenarios where you should wear a mask outside, even when you are alone. To illustrate a few common outdoor mask wearing questions, we will use a comparison to operating the lights on your car. Think about your nose and mouth like the high beam lights on your car. High beam lights are