Everyday Epidemiology: How the pandemic brought science to the forefront of public consciousness

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Source: Phillips Lytle/Buffalo Business First

By Eric M. Kraus and Lisa L. Smith

Clinical trials.” “Co-morbidities.” “Datasets.” “Disease burden.” “Statistical significance.” “Peer-reviewed research.” One of the most remarkable aspects of the ubiquitous media coverage of all things COVID-19 has been the introduction of epidemiologic and other scientific principles, and the role that epidemiologists have played on television and other popular media.

Some seem to have become rock stars, bringing a better understanding of some of the considerations that evaluating epidemiologic studies require. The epidemiologists have been essential in translating how the virus was progressing, what studies showed about the safety and efficacy of evolving vaccines, and what information circulating on the internet was wrong and the reasons it was not trustworthy. Read More

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