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Election season is in full swing, and the news is getting even more hectic!! How do I make sure my sources are accurate?!

Staying Safe Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: The COVID “infodemic” has made it harder than ever to cut through the noise, and election season absolutely adds to this challenge. The good news is that Lindsey’s Laws for news diligence that we’ve been using here at Dear Pandemic to fight misinformation can ALSO apply to the political news cycle! As we laid

Dear Pandemic COVIC Q&A

Infection and Spread School Staying Safe Uncertainty and Misinformation Videos

Your Questions: Answered Dr. Lindsey Leininger and Dr. Malia Jones answer your COVID questions!This week we tackle:☑️ Reinfection (2:25 – 7:45)☑️ Psychology of risky behavior (7:55 – 13:06)☑️ Election-day poll volunteering (13:19 – 17:45)☑️ Are schools superspreaders? (18:00 – 25:55)☑️ It’s OK to donate blood! (26:03 – 27:30)Big thanks to those who submitted questions! (Note:

I recently saw an article stating SARS-CoV-2 was made in a lab.

Uncertainty and Misinformation

Q: How do I evaluate the quality of this claim and support good science? A: This extraordinary claim requires some serious evaluation to prevent the spread of misinformation. Curiosity and scientific skepticism are quite healthy, though the new pre-print article violates many foundational principles of scientific inquiry. Lindsay’s Laws of Infodemiology provide a useful guide

Did the Sturgis bike rally really cause 266,796 new COVID-19 cases?

Data and Metrics Infection and Spread Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: Extremely unlikely. (but that doesn’t mean it didn’t increase transmission…) The Nerdy Girls want to give you straight talk about the data whether or not it comports with our pre-existing views (like the general idea that mass gatherings are *not* a good idea during the pandemic). Trust in science relies on having high standards

How do I call bull$hit on COVID misinformation?

Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: Be kind. Be correct. Replace fiction with credible fact. Your Nerdy Girls remain committed to providing tools for sleuthing out and slaying pandemic misinformation. Which is why we are so very delighted that a pair of powerhouse scientists, Dr. Carl Bergstrom and Dr. Jevin West, both at University of Washington, have recently published the

Absolute vs. Relative Risk

Data and Metrics Uncertainty and Misinformation

Friendly Pop Quiz! Which of these two statements sounds more impressive? (1) “Terrific Treatment reduced COVID mortality risk 50%!” (2) “Terrific Treatment reduced COVID mortality risk from 2 per 100 to 1 per 100!” The first of these two equivalent statements is, of course, the “right” answer. Which is why we scientists – in the