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Matt Koci

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Sep 22, 2022

Why Are We Seeing So Many Public Health Challenges? And What Can We Do About It?

From polio to scarlet fever, the world is seeing an increase in public health challenges. Why? 

Aug 11, 2022

Should I Be Worried About Monkeypox? And What Exactly is Monkeypox Anyway?

How contagious is monkeypox? How dangerous is it? Experts answer your questions. 

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Mar 30, 2022

How Do We Know When the Pandemic is Over? And What Will ‘Normal’ Be Like?

And have our experiences with COVID improved our ability to deal with other diseases? 

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Mar 24, 2022

What Does ‘Endemic’ Mean? And Can Omicron End the Pandemic?

Does it matter if COVID becomes endemic? And what does that even mean, anyway? 

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Feb 2, 2022

What is ‘Bird Flu’? Do I Need to Worry About It?

Why should I care about bird flu? Does it affect humans? 

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Jan 7, 2022

Is ‘Flurona’ Even a Real Thing? What’s That All About?

In the first week of 2022, news headlines featured references to something called “flurona,” and discussion of “flurona” quickly spread across social media. 

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Dec 1, 2021

What is the Omicron Variant of COVID-19? And What Do We Know About It?

There’s still a lot we don’t know. But here’s what we do know. 

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Sep 13, 2021

Vaccine Q&A: Are mRNA Vaccines Going to Replace Other Vaccines?

There are many reasons mRNA vaccines are unlikely to replace other technologies any time soon. 

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Sep 2, 2021

Vaccine Q&A: Are COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Ethical?

What about vaccine mandates? And when can we vaccinate kids? 

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Aug 27, 2021

Vaccine Q&A: What is a Vaccine Booster? And Why Might I Need One?

Yes, vaccines work. And, yes, you might also need a booster shot.