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The Filtrate: COVID Comebacks, Ring Containment, and News Notes

This week, the biggest science story was the news (so far only available in press releases and derived news stories) that both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s experimental COVID-19 vaccines appear to be very effective. We need to see actual, peer-reviewed data of course, and a critical question will be whether these vaccines – both based on […]

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The Filtrate: The Pandemic Rollercoaster, Climate Juries, and Viral Reads

We’re taking deep breaths and trying to remain calm here at Turbid Plaque Headquarters. Perhaps an analysis of this week’s Filtrate will help pass the time. Re-flattening the curves It’s an old tale: public health and infectious disease scientists figure out the cause of a dreaded illness and convince policymakers to implement strong controls to […]

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The Filtrate: Warning Signs, FDA SNAFUs, and Unbearable Light

Besides a constant feed of news, The Filtrate relies on electricity to operate, and last week that was in short supply around here; a brief but violent squall knocked a huge tree across a nearby power line, and Turbid Plaque Headquarters went offline for a couple of days. We’re back now with two weeks’ worth […]

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The Filtrate: Coughing Kids, a Game of Worms, and Fourth Estate Follies

We begin this week’s Filtrate with an important public service announcement: get your flu shot. Pharmacies all over your area probably have signs advertising this service, but if you still have trouble finding the vaccine, you can use this site to locate a nearby flu clinic. I just got mine today (Sanofi Fluzone Quadrivalent, thanks […]

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The Filtrate: Track a Pandemic, Feed Your Bugs, and Keep on Eradicating Polio

Another week of this awful year has gone by, so it’s time to survey the damage and sift whatever bits of wisdom we can from the news. Welcome to the Filtrate. Pandemic rubbernecking Epidemiologists continue to trace the ways SARS-CoV-2 spreads, and among which groups, producing a mixture of interesting and depressing findings. In Nature […]

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The Filtrate: Exascaling, Skeeter Seeking, and a Pandemic Roundup

The sheer quantity of pandemic-related news this week nearly clogged our system, so we did an additional distillation step to summarize it all. Welcome to this week’s issue of the Filtrate. Pandemic roundup Some of what we though we knew (or just wished was true) about SARS-CoV-2 infection is turning out to be wrong, as […]

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The Filtrate for 2020.9.10

It’s another Thursday here at Turbid Plaque headquarters, time for us to take all the news that broke this week, grind it up into even smaller bits, solubilize it, and pass it through our selective barrier to deliver only the best stories to you. Welcome to The Filtrate. Counting COVID After battling a superspreader event […]

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The Filtrate for 2020.9.3

By adjusting the pore sizes, the Filtrate is now letting some non-pandemic news items seep through. Of course we’ll be continuing our coverage of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, which means we may need to use strong language to describe the disastrous ongoing US response to this virus. You’ve been warned. Pandemic roundup Hospital staff, also known as “frontline […]

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The Filtrate for 2020.8.20

Another week has come and gone, so it’s time to see what the Turbid Plaque news feed dragged in. The color of COVID-19 As everyone should already know, the ongoing SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic has been hitting certain racial and ethnic groups a lot harder than others in the US. In particular, Black and Latinx individuals seem […]

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The Filtrate for 2020.8.13

Celebrating the relaunch of The Turbid Plaque on a platform we hope will make the blogging process smoother, here’s another issue of The Filtrate. This week’s roundup is all about SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, because of course it is. The meat of the matter Back in March and April, about 378 years ago in pandemic time, there were […]