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Dear Pandemic Live Q&A 08-12-22

Families/Kids Infection and Spread Infectious Diseases School Treatments Vaccines Videos

Those Nerdy Girls answer your questions about Monkeypox, masking at school, bivalent boosters, COVID-19 rebound, and more. Hosted by: – Malia Jones, PhD, MPH: Dear Pandemic Co-Founder & former EIC – Chana Davis, PhD: Dear Pandemic Contributing Writer & Founder, Fueled by Science ➡️ Welcome and Intros (0:00-0:46) ➡️ Monkeypox – How worried should I Read more…

Update: The updated CDC quarantine and isolation guidelines are now also recommended for K-12 schools.

Families/Kids School Testing and Contact Tracing

These guidelines are not recommended for children in childcare settings where children cannot mask (babies, infants under 2). See our previous post for full details on updated guidelines for the general public. The Key Points: ➡️ Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 should ISOLATE for 5 days, then wear a Read more…

How do I make an air purifier?

School Staying Safe

A: TL; DR: The Corsi Air Box (sometimes called the Corsi-Rosenthal Cube or a Comparetto Cube) is the hot new trend in DIY air purifiers! See links below for instructions. With the return to in-person school for most US school children and many college students, we need to continue to use many layers of protection Read more…

What can you do to improve the air quality and lower COVID-19 transmission in your school?


A: HEPA filtration units are one good option. See below for some helpful guidance put together by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: “Parents are facing hard decisions right now about in-person schooling. They may not know, for instance, that HEPA filtration units help reduce COVID-19 spread Read more…

Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

Infection and Spread School Staying Safe Testing and Contact Tracing Vaccines Videos

In this live Q&A, we’re teaming up with our science gal-pals at the Unbiased Science Podcast, Drs. Andrea Love and Jessica Steier! We’ll be answering reader questions about antibody testing after vaccination, viral variants & kids, #thrifting, and whether your COVID-19 vaccine can make you test positive for COVID.  https://www.facebook.com/unbiasedscipod/ ➡️ Welcome, Intros, and Comments Read more…

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 Read more…

Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

School Videos

For this week’s Live Q&A, we are so excited welcome a special guest whose expertise is COVID and K12 schools for our live Q&A! Dr. Chloe Gibbs is an education policy scholar at the University of Notre Dame and writes a weekly review of the emerging science on COVID and K12 schools. This event is Read more…