Resources

On this page:
  • Science journalists discussing on Twitter and writing COVID-19 pieces
  • Scientists and other experts doing science comms on Twitter
  • Resources
  • Data sites beyond CDC
  • Articles on testing and false negatives/false positives
  • Articles on reopening schools
Science journalists discussing on Twitter and writing COVID-19 pieces
  • Helen Bramswell, journalist specialized in infectious diseases at STATNews
  • Maryn McKenna, based out of Atlanta, independent journalist and author, specializing in public health, global health, and food policy
  • Laurie Garrett, @Laurie_Garrett, science journalist and author that has written several books about epidemics.
  • Melinda Wenner Moyer, often writes about parenting from an evidence-based perspective. For NYT, Slate and others.
  • Sarah Zhang at The Atlantic
  • Apoorva Mandavilli at NYT
  • Maggie Koerth (five thirty eight)
  • Liz Neeley (not a usual journalist but with lots of experience in science communication – this piece is a great starting point: How to Talk About the Coronavirus https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/how-talk-about-coronavirus/609118/)
  • Roxanne Khamsi at Wired
  • Amanda Mull, writer at The Atlantic covering health (also a GA native with interesting perspectives on the pandemic)
  • Azeen Ghorayshi, science editor at Buzzfeed
  • Stephanie M. Lee, science journalist at Buzzfeed
  • Amy Maxmen at Nature News
  • Ed Yong, The Atlantic. His pieces on the pandemic have been incredible and give a fantastic overview of the issues.
  • Kai Kupferschmidt, Science Magazine. Based out of Germany.
  • Carl Zimmer, writes for NYT
  • Also Vox has great explainers (their AMAZING health journalist, Julia Belluz, is on maternity leave but still worth a follow @juliaoftoronto).
  • Propublica has had some great coverage in the pandemic, also see their data project linked to below in the data section.
Scientists and other experts doing science comms on Twitter
  • Dr Angela Rasmussen, @angie_rasmussen, virologist
  • Dr Ellie Murray, @EpiEllie, epidemiologist
  • Dr Tara Smith, @aetiology, infectious disease epidemiologist
  • Dr Kizzmekia Corbett , @KizzyPhD, leading a COVID-19 vaccine effort
  • Dr Natalie E. Dean, @nataliexdean, biostatistician specializing in emerging infectious diseases and vaccine study design
  • Dr Caitlin Rivers, @cmyeaton, outbreak science + epidemiology + health security
  • Dr Maia Majumder, @maiamajumder, epidemiologist and biostatistician
  • Dr Slaughter-Acey, @DrSlaughter99, Epidemiologist
  • Dr Julia Marcus, @JuliaLMarcus, Infectious disease epidemiologist (great articles for the Atlantic of risk mitigation)
  • Dr Saskia Popescu, @SaskiaPopescu, infectious disease epidemiologist & infection preventionist
  • Dr Kimberly D. Manning, MD, @gradydoctor, Emory doctor
  • Dr Helen Jenkins, @jenkinshelen, Infectious disease epidemiologist
  • Dr Zeynep Tufekci @zeynep (scientist and communicator, writes for NYT, The Atlantic and others)
  • Dr EmilyOster, @ProfEmilyOster, health economist
  • Linsey Marr, @linseymarr, expertise in airborne transmission of viruses
  • Dr Carlos del Rio, @CarlosdelRio7, Dean and infectious disease specialist at Emory
  • Dr Craig Spencer MD, @Craig_A_Spencer, NYC ER doctor, Ebola Survivor and Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia
  • Dr Carl T. Bergstrom, @CT_Bergstrom, biologist and has written an upcoming book on how to spot and refute misinformation.
  • Dr Bill Hanage, @BillHanage, epidemiologist
  • Dr Florian Krammer, @florian_krammer, Viruses, viruses, viruses and vaccines
  • Dr Trevor Bedford, @trvrb, studying viruses, evolution and immunity
  • Dr Utibe R. Essien MD, @UREssien, on medicine and equity issues
  • Dr Marc Lipsitch, @mlipsitch, Infectious disease epidemiologist
  • Dr Eric Topol, @EricTopol, physician scientist
  • Dr Peter Hotez, @PeterHotez, Vaccine Scientist
  • Dr Gaetan Burgio, @GaetanBurgio, geneticist working on infections
  • Dr Adam Kucharski, @AdamJKucharski, Mathematician/epidemiologist
  • Dr Marshall Shepherd, @DrShepherd2013, UGA prof and meteorologist. Will also speak about modelling and science communication.
Resources
  • COVID-19 and Georgia Amber Schmidtke, PhD Facebook Page
  • COVID- 19 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – Q&A with Dr Carlos del Rio from Emory (Live Q&A but video still there)
    https://www.facebook.com/EmoryUniversity/videos/556829658553810
  • Understanding health research
  • Emily Oster and her explaincovid.org site
  • Risk graphics:
  • Correlation does not equal causation http://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations
  • Sense About Science resources on different topics that are good backgrounders
    • Data science: a guide for society: A guide to the language and questions to ask to press for clarity about the strengths and weaknesses of using analysis from data models to make decisions. This is a guide to having more of those conversations, regardless of how much you don’t know about data science. Link
    • I don’t know what to believe: This booklet can help you judge the evidence behind science stories, by explaining how scientists present and judge research using the peer review process. Link
    • Making Sense of Screening: Making Sense of Screening contains explanations of the positives and negatives of screening, many people think that the more screening takes place the better, with no understanding of the drawbacks. Link
    • Making Sense of Statistics: This guide is not a lesson in statistics. It provides the questions to ask and identifies the pitfalls to avoid to help you get behind news stories that use statistics. Link
    • Making sense of uncertainty: In public discussion, scientific uncertainty is presented as a deficiency of research. We want (even expect) certainty – safety, effective public policies, useful public expenditure. We have looked at what uncertainty means and doesn’t mean in science, how it is measured, when it can’t be measured and how that might change through research into the big questions. Link
    • Sense about systematic reviews: Sense about systematic reviews explains what a systematic review is and how they weigh up evidence. Link
    • Making Sense of Testing: This guide to testing was written in 2008 in response to a rise in the marketing of testing to healthy people. It is a clear explanation of the limitations of testing, and how doctors make decisions based on them. As testing of COVID-19 is rolled out across the UK it is important that people can know what exactly a positive or negative test means, and how much weight can be put on them. Link
Data sites beyond CDC
Testing and false-negatives
Reopening schools

This list is by no means exhaustive, and was put together quickly for a talk for a parenting center Reblossom in Athens, GA, as a starting point as part of a wider conversation.