This week, I’m (virtually) attending the annual meeting of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), one of the largest gatherings of folks doing the day-to-day work of public health in the United States. Each day there are hundreds of talks and posters about investigations, research, and applied science that will never make headlines.
Science is about exploring that multiverse of possible worlds. In a way, scientists need to make observations of those other worlds as well, and observe them closely enough to figure how they differ from ours.
Since my job is in the public health sphere, and since I have training on the biology of infectious diseases, it seemed like I should comment on the coronavirus outbreak.
Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone was not my first introduction to emerging infectious diseases. … Still, Preston’s controversial best seller likely introduced me to the Ebola virus and to concepts like biosafety level 4 laboratories.