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“Pandemic 1918,” by Susann Cokal.

“Pandemic 1918,” by Susann Cokal.

Historical perspective from a novel-in-manuscript called Influence. I have a little bird and its name is Enza. I opened up the window and in-flew-Enza! . Skipping rope at an athletics carnival, c. 1917. NOTE: The current pandemic has naturally made me think of a novel manuscript I completed recently, Influence, in which twin sisters Flora and...
“No One Is Intrinsically Immune,” by Christopher Bradley, MD:  A neuroscientist explains transmission.

“No One Is Intrinsically Immune,” by Christopher Bradley, MD: A neuroscientist explains transmission.

If the surface were “human,” our immune system would not recognize it as “foreign,” and we would not develop immunity. A pangolin, or spiny anteater, in defensive posture. Where do I start? I’m a molecular biologist, a neuroscientist, and a practicing physician (so I deal with infections). I am not a virologist, nor an infectious...
“Forced Surrender,” by Valley Haggard.  Digging deep in quarantine and recovery.

“Forced Surrender,” by Valley Haggard. Digging deep in quarantine and recovery.

“… you have to start to take it one day, one hour, one minute at a time just like you did in the first days of sobriety and childbirth and your very own brand-new unfamiliar life.” . When the gratitude lists and the shit lists are coming faster than you can write them down. When...
“We Are Operating Blindly in Much of the Country,” by Leslie Hayes, MD.

“We Are Operating Blindly in Much of the Country,” by Leslie Hayes, MD.

In the first entry in Broad Street‘s new blog about the pandemic, a doctor explains problems in testing for COVID-19.   “Because physicians weren’t able to test these patients, most states missed noticing when the disease started to have community spread.”   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/testing.html I belong to several groups of health care workers focusing on issues around COVID-19....
Contributor News: Susann Cokal has a new novel, Mermaid Moon.

Contributor News: Susann Cokal has a new novel, Mermaid Moon.

Susann Cokal, our editorial director, has published a new young adult novel with Candlewick Press. The concept: In the far northern reaches of civilization, a mermaid leaves the sea to look for her land-dwelling mother among people as desperate for magic and miracles as they are for life and love. The book has garnered early...