Genomic surveillance: What it is and why we need more of it to track coronavirus variants and help end the COVID-19 pandemic

“You can’t fix what you don’t measure” is a maxim in the business world. And it holds true in the world of public health as well. Early in the pandemic, the United States struggled to meet the demand to test people for SARS-CoV-2. That failure meant officials didn’t know the true number of people who… Continue reading Genomic surveillance: What it is and why we need more of it to track coronavirus variants and help end the COVID-19 pandemic

Germany’s strange nostalgia for the antebellum American South

Swastikas may be banned in Berlin, but Confederate flags still fly. Alongside MAGA hats and Trump 2020 banners, Reich flags and Brandenburg eagles, the American South’s battle flag has been raised high during Germany’s anti-lockdown demonstrations – the most recent of which took place in Dresden in early March. It’s appeared in the window of… Continue reading Germany’s strange nostalgia for the antebellum American South

4 reasons why migrant children arriving alone to the US create a ‘border crisis’

Children arriving at the southern border without their parents have presented a political and humanitarian challenge for the past three presidents. Their numbers began rising considerably after 2009, when 19,418 children were taken into custody at the border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Unaccompanied minors peaked in 2014, with 68,000 apprehensions. Analysts say… Continue reading 4 reasons why migrant children arriving alone to the US create a ‘border crisis’