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Any advice on pandemic dating?

Infection and Spread Socializing Staying Safe

“I’m single and in my late 30s … Pandemic dating is so hard… What is safe protocol for dating when you are in that “multiple first date” space because you haven’t found someone you want to go on multiple dates with yet?” Dating is hard in the best of times! Once you factor in a

Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

Data and Metrics Infection and Spread Masks Vaccines Videos

In this live Q&A, Dear Pandemic contributing scientists Drs. Malia Jones & Jennifer Beam Dowd will be tackling more pandemic questions from our readers. If you have a question, put it in our question box at www.dearpandemic.org! We are *very* excited to announce that we have live closed captioning and #ASL interpretation available during the

Does in-person schooling contribute to COVID-19 spread?

Infection and Spread School

A: It’s complicated. TL;DR: Two new well-designed studies find evidence that in-person schooling *does not* contribute to COVID spread when baseline community spread is LOW, but that in-person schooling *does* contribute to worsening COVID metrics when baseline COVID transmission is high. Thus far the research on schools and COVID-19 has been quite muddy, but two

Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

Families Infection and Spread Vaccines Videos

In this live Q&A, Drs. Malia Jones & Alison Buttenheim will be tackling pandemic questions from our readers. Today’s we’re answering questions from readers about 2nd vaccine doses, kids and COVID, and the range of vaccine hesitancy. If you have a question, put it in our question box at www.dearpandemic.org! ➡️ Welcome and Announcements! Please

I’m reading that the new strain of COVID-19 is 70% more transmissible. What does this mean? How transmissible was the first strain?

Infection and Spread

A: “Transmissibility” in infectious disease means how readily it is passed from one person to another, given the peculiarities of a specific time and place (in this case, in the UK this Fall). Transmissibility is measured in numbers with something called R-value. The R-value for the old SARS-CoV-2 variant was hovering right around 1 (in