CORONAVIRUS CONTACT TRACING AND LOCKDOWN: Learning from Smallpox

Coronavirus. Quarantine. Social distance. Contact tracing. Lockdown. New terms and questions dominate our consciousness. Vaccine—where’s the vaccine? With no vaccine and no proven treatment for COVID-19, we isolate, wear masks and wash our hands to stay safe in the midst of the pandemic. Since all viruses share certain characteristics, it seems like an appropriate time…

CORONAVIRUS CONTACT TRACING AND LOCKDOWN: Learning from Smallpox

Coronavirus. Quarantine. Social distance. Contact tracing. Lockdown. New terms and questions dominate our consciousness. Vaccine—where’s the vaccine? With no vaccine and no proven treatment for COVID-19, we isolate, wear masks and wash our hands to stay safe in the midst of the pandemic. Since all viruses share certain characteristics, it seems like an appropriate time…

Bangladesh, grandmother carrying baby with smallpox, 1975

5 Reasons We Need A Treatment for Smallpox

It’s big news. Check the New England Journal of Medicine, ScienceNews, NYTimes, Forbes, Huff Post—you name it. This is huge. The FDA has approved the first-ever drug to treat variola (smallpox). But why? (Read to the end to  5 possible reasons.) Scientists in and out of the military started smallpox #biodefense research right after 9/11.…