Public health stories #8

Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf.

I.

“The coronavirus is amplifying racial, class and other disparities, just as HIV has been doing for decades.”

On this World Aid’s Day, we are also reminded why a comprehensive public health strategy to deal with multiple pandemics. This Scientific American opinion piece lays out a compelling case for it.

II.

Vaccine equity is equally important as vaccine development and roll out. Fairness and transparency of vaccine distribution across the world is super important. This article is a good reminder why.

III.

“If you want to really understand what’s going on in a city on a basic chemical, biological level, you should be looking at the wastewater,” says Eric Alm, a co-director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics at M.I.T. and the scientific director of Biobot Analytics, a company that collects health data from sewage.

Sewage surveillance systems can be a novel source to detect, track and monitor disease outbreaks. Thinking outside the box- read more about it here.

Disclaimer: Posts and opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.

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