November 21, 2021.Reading time 9 minutes.
A couple of weeks ago, I received a reader question from a friend of mine who recently got engaged! He and his fiancée are planning a wedding in summer 2023, and he asked me: “How likely do you think it is that (1) the COVID-19 pandemic remains a serious danger to our safety in the summer of 2023 and (2) the government still has the energy to keep enforcing COVID-19 restrictions?”
October 17, 2021.Reading time 3 minutes.
Trevor Bedford, computational virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center—and widely regarded expert on coronavirus variants—wrote a useful Twitter thread this week. In the thread, Bedford provides his take on the “COVID-19 endgame.” In other words, what will happen once the virus reaches endemic levels?
October 3, 2021.Reading time 30 minutes.
This week, I’m answering readers’ COVID-19 questions. Including: Should I get a booster shot? Why don’t people get vaccinated? When will this end?!
July 22, 2021.Reading time 6 minutes.
When will the COVID-19 pandemic be truly over? The Open Notebook and the COVID-19 Data Dispatch asked 26 pandemic reporters and communicators this daunting question. Their responses provide some potential numeric thresholds—but also remind us that, even when all metrics are met, some people will remain vulnerable.