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Public Health Surveillance: Immunity, Testing, and Contact Tracing

Q&A with Abram Wagner

Long before we could sequence a virus’s genome in a matter of weeks, we used public health tactics like contact tracing to sort out the movement of a disease in a population. Contact tracing is one of the “traditional” tools of epidemiologists. Today, we have more public health surveillance tools at our disposal, and we’ll need both the old and the new to bring COVID-19 under control. Read more

Boats and swimmers on Cass Lake, the largest and deepest lake in Oakland County. Cass Lake is in the northern Metro Detroit region of southeastern Michigan.

Social Distancing 2.0: A New Normal

Q&A with Abram Wagner

We’re all wondering when we can return to work, see friends and family, and get back to some sense of normal. Meanwhile, we might notice that a planned temporary hospital wasn’t built or that some data seems to show a reduction in the spread of coronavirus. What do we do with emerging shades of gray in a situation that seemed so black and white not too long ago? Read more

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A National Hotspot: The Coronavirus in Detroit

Q&A with Paul Fleming

Paul Fleming is an assistant professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health with deep ties to Detroit. He explains the social and structural factors in place in Detroit that have contributed to it becoming one of the nation’s coronavirus hotspots. Read more