On Friday, I led a workshop at NICAR about covering Long COVID. NICAR is a data journalism conference, so my session focused on data sources, along with suggestions for public records requests and for interviewing long-haulers.
I recently bought a carbon dioxide monitor, and have been using it to collect data in my apartment and other places. In the week since I’ve been monitoring, I’ve noticed how personal data collection like this can be helpful in identifying ventilation issues, but comes with many caveats.
The Open Notebook has launched a new community program, called the Covering Science Slack, which could be a great opportunity for some journalist readers of the COVID-19 Data Dispatch. In this Slack server, general assignment and local journalists who are interested in improving their science reporting skills engage in discussions with experienced science journalists, who serve as mentors.
Two new books about Long COVID were published this month, and I’d like to recommend both of them to any readers interested in learning more about the condition—especially to other journalists covering COVID-19.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that the Science Writers conference—which I attended in-person—had great COVID-19 safety policies, better than other events I’ve gone to this year. To learn more about how this event’s organizers planned the conference and communicated policies to attendees, I talked to Tinsley Davis, executive director of the National Association of Science Writers.
As of this Thursday, the CDC is updating COVID-19 case and death data every week instead of every day. Here are some thoughts on interpreting COVID-19 data in the wake of this change, citing an article I recently wrote for The Atlantic.
The COVID-19 Data Dispatch is going on hiatus for the month of August 2022. Here are some tips for keeping track of COVID-19 numbers while we’re on this break, and a bit of context about why we’re taking four weeks off.
This weekend, I traveled to Denver, Colorado for a fellowship trip. It’s a risky time to be traveling, thanks to the ongoing BA.5 surge; here are some things I did to stay safe on the plane and throughout the trip.