Top pick of the day: Sunday

Everything You Wanted to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine, in One Place

Article by Shannon Palus published online at Slate.com December 11, 2020.

The Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine was just granted the first emergency use authorization (EUA) in the U.S., allowing the company to start shipping the first couple of million doses. A second vaccine candidate developed by Moderna will be reviewed by the special FDA advisory panel on December 17th. We have questions. Here is a nice summary that checks off most of the right boxes from Slate. Stay tuned as further details emerge and send me any specific questions you might have.


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Top pick of the day: Wednesday

A vaccine is not enough. How America’s COVID-19 epidemic ends.

Article by German Lopez published online at VOX.com December 8, 2020.

I worry that America is hoping and waiting for the new vaccines to be the cavalry that rides over the ridge to save the nation’s bacon. I suppose I have been harping on this, and I know most people don’t want to hear it, but we must recognize what this article makes plain: a vaccine will not arrive in time and in enough numbers to quell the current surge. While Israel and the European Union have managed to stop the Fall surge through lockdowns and various control measures (see the Figure taken from the article), the U.S. seems to be stuck in neutral while cases and deaths keep rising unencumbered. I wish there were more choices available to us but it really comes down to this: the next 6-8 weeks can either be bad, or super-bad. This article in VOX I think lays it out nicely. COVID-19 is now killing as many Americans as died in the 9/11 attacks every day. Whether that gets a little worse or a lot worse in the coming weeks depends on what we do as a nation now.

Screen grab taken from https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/12/8/22152652/covid-19-vaccine-coronavirus-pandemic-christmas

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Top pick of the day: Tuesday

What Do Clean, Disinfect, Sanitize and Sterilize Really Mean?

Article by Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. published online at Foodnetwork.com November 18, 2020.

I thought it might be a good time to remind ourselves that there is actually plenty we CAN do to lower risk for ourselves and family in light of how much right now it seems like things are out of control. This is a short read of practical stuff helping to clarify basic terms with helpful how-to details from a registered dietician.


Today’s bite-sized, handpicked selection of important news, information or science for all who want to know where this epidemic is going and what we should do.