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ERIN BROMAGE: COVID-19 MUSINGS

Always defer to the guidance from your local Health Department or the CDC!

What you need to know up front:

  • I am not claiming to be an expert in coronaviruses, medicine, or preparedness. 

  • I have a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from James Cook University, Australia.

  • I am an Assoc. Prof. of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where I teach and research infectious diseases and host immune responses of animals.

  • I get all of my information directly from experts in their fields and from the papers those experts are publishing daily.

  • I mostly write these articles for my family, friends, and students, who value my advice.

  • My email is erin.bromage@umassd.edu if you would like to verify the authenticity of my posts.  

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A tale of two countries

Australia: I do not want to get too far ahead of the data, but it appears you have turned a corner for good. In the past week, you have...

Coronavirus Mutations

First, an update: There are few surprises in the progression of the outbreak. The more we test the more we find. Speaking of testing,...

Math.....

It is not often I get tripped up with math, but this one got me. The reproduction rate of influenza: R naught = 1.3 The reproduction rate...

Aussie update

The march higher continues. But more than 3/4 of your cases are imports from travel in Europe and America’s. IF, they didn’t move much...

USA only.

Two quick graphs. The first shows the USA trajectory of infected numbers. It is rough. The USA cases are Accelerating faster than any...

Ughh....

So yesterday was a rough day. There was some good news on the immunity front, and some really terrible news everywhere else. The data is...

Aussie friends

Things are starting to look a little rough around the edges. Especially, in NSW, but QLD and Vic are not all that far behind. The upside....

How Long?

I’ve had a few questions about how long will this last. I can’t give you that answer, but I can give you an idea of what needs to occur...

Endgame

This is the most confusing aspect of this outbreak. What is the end game of our respective governments. China: has locked up their...