Meet Those Nerdy Girls – Dr. Amanda Simanek


This week in Meet the Nerdy Girls, we’re delighted to introduce Dr. Amanda Simanek, PhD, MPH! Dr. Simanek is a social epidemiologist who studies the psychosocial determinants of infectious disease, links between infection and chronic disease, and the pathways by which social inequities in health occur across the lifecourse and across generations. We asked her

Home poop tests anyone?

Testing and Contact Tracing

Q: I’ve heard that some colleges are testing wastewater from dorms to find out if there is Covid. Does this mean there could be accurate(ish) home fecal tests in our future? I can’t decide if I want the answer to be yes or no. A. The Nerdy Girls support innovation, accuracy, affordability, and accessibility. And

Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

Masks Vaccines Videos

In this live Q&A, Dear Pandemic contributing scientists Drs. Malia Jones & Michelle Kinder will be tackling questions from our readers about the different kinds of vaccines, vaccine side effects, and questions about masks! If you have a question, put it in our question box at www.dearpandemic.org. ➡️ Welcome, Intros, and Announcements (0:00-2:10) ➡️ Explainer

¿Debería preocuparme por los posibles efectos secundarios a largo plazo de las vacunas COVID-19?

Clinical Symptoms Posts en Español Uncertainty and Misinformation Vaccines

R: Siendo realistas, no. Biológicamente, las posibilidades de efectos a largo plazo son extremadamente pequeños. BREVE RESUMEN: Los efectos secundarios graves de la vacuna son extremadamente raros y ocurren horas o días después de la vacunación, no meses o años. El riesgo de infección y los efectos a largo plazo en la salud a causa

Update on Novavax and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines


BREAKING NEWS: It’s been an eventful last 24 hours with release of Phase III trial results from both Novavax & Johnson & Johnson! TL;DR: We have two more vaccines with very good (but not perfect) protection against symptomatic disease, but *very* good protection against severe disease. The J&J one dose regimen along with regular temperature

¿Existe alguna razón para evitar los antifebriles con la administración de la vacuna?

Clinical Symptoms Posts en Español Uncertainty and Misinformation Vaccines

P: ¿Existe alguna razón para evitar los antifebriles como el ibuprofeno y el acetaminofén (paracetamol) con la administración de la vacuna? R: Generalmente NO se recomienda el pretratamiento con antifebriles antes de la administración de la vacuna, pero si tiene fiebre o se siente incómodo DESPUÉS de la administración de la vacuna, puede tomar medicamentos

Does the COVID19 vaccine cause anaphylaxis?


A: Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that is very rare after the COVID19 vaccine. People who have had a severe allergic reaction to a prior dose of the mRNA COVID19 vaccine should not get the second dose. If someone has had anaphylaxis to something else, they can still get the shot. Most people do