What we should be focused on in the Pandemic… how to live with it.

People and the news are extremely focused on getting people vaccinated right now and I agree that would be helpful. But I don't think that is the most important thing because I don't think it will actually end the Pandemic... even if we got to 90% vaccinated...People and the news are extremely focused on getting people vaccinated right now and I agree that would be helpful. But I don't think that is the most important thing because I don't think it will actually end the Pandemic... even if we got to 90% vaccinated. The virus is mutating and we are far from stopping that. We would need to vaccinate the whole world and that won't happen this year or probably even next year and by that time we will need a new vaccine. I really think we should instead be turning our attention to how to better live with the virus because it's here to stay for quite some time. And there will be future pandemics after this one. Here is what I think we need to start working on to live with the virus, emphasis on the live part: 1. Safer schools, businesses, and transportation: this basically means improving air circulation and filtration-- how much would it cost to put high quality filters everywhere? How can we make more things outside? How can we make more things spacious?-- spread out instead of clumping in cities. 2. Better personal risk predictions to empower people to know nuances about risks for various things at various times. This is also a public health intervention...

This week in COVID- May 30th, 2021

Global Cases are dropping worldwide but are still at very high levels. Active cases are high in most of South America, India and some surrounding countries, and parts of Europe. Darker blue indicates more cases below while cream colored areas are relatively safe (<1/10,000 chances of catching COVID/day with average behavior). India and Brazil have [...]

Journalistic spread of COVID-19 misinformation

Real Science founder, Dr. Glorioso, guest lectures Boston University’s Medical Ethics class. She and Philosophy PhD candidate, Brian Moen, discuss how mainstream media sources have cast doubt on COVID-19 vaccine safety. We also discuss school safety, COVID in kids, and superspreading. We theorize and pose research questions about why false information may be spreading. We [...]

How safe is my region?

           The below interactive map reflects the safety of each Country and each County in the US and will update daily from JHU data. It is based on the number of active cases per 100,000 population. You can zoom or search for your county and there is a pop out legend. [...]

How to prevent an extra 120,000 COVID deaths over Thanksgiving

  It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means that families will be getting together across the nation. Many University students, school children, and parents will be traveling to meet up with other friends and family in different areas of the country. People have been asking me how this will impact COVID-19 numbers and deaths. Well, I [...]

The cruel and dangerous b.s. of this -“only 6% of COVID deaths are from COVID” – conspiracy theory.

The most common false thing that I am hearing from the right these days is that most COVID deaths are not actually from COVID but from other causes. https://www.nbc12.com/2020/08/31/false-covid-claim-retweeted-by-trump-removed-twitter/ This is at best a misconception, and at worst genocidal COVID denialism. Let me explain. The origin of this conspiracy theory, as I am beginning to [...]

How I entered the matrix through the red and blue #fakesciencenews and came out purple.

I have been a life long Democrat with almost 100% alignment with liberal party views. But there has always been a little suspicious voice in my head that has said- how can you totally believe one side of things? There must be some validity to the other side. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a strange thing happened. I re-engaged with politics with a whole new pair of eyes. For the first time, I was seeing both sides of the political debate and understanding some of why people were feeling the way they do on the right. Underlying all of this, was a single sentiment actually. We don't trust what is being told to us by the media, doctors, and the government because it doesn't add up. And that, I agree with.

The five biggest lies about COVID-19 spread by the media. How the #fakesciencenews on both the right and the left is killing Americans.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have noticed the incredible misinformation being spread in the lay news. From the New York Times, to CNN, to Fox News, to Donald Trump himself- GIANT, OBVIOUS, LIES and ERRORS have been spread to the public. From Masks don't work, to Hydroxychloroquine is an effective drug, to COVID-19 [...]