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An October 14 screenshot of The New York Times' interactive coronavirus tracking map, which shows the 14-day trend of confirmed cases by state and county and the number of average cases per 100,000 over the past seven days.

Trusted Sources of Information about COVID-19: What We’re Watching and Following

, executive director

Are you looking for reliable and trustworthy information about COVID-19 and the pandemic? Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we’ve assembled a team of scientists, researchers, and public health and communications experts from across the organization who have been tracking and responding to the ongoing public health crisis since February, especially when we see political interference in science-based decision making. Here are some of the resources, organizations, experts, science publications, and other sources that I and our team look to and recommend. Read more >

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A Biased Science Board Threatens Future Fetal Tissue Research

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to risk our lives and livelihoods, our government assures us it’s doing everything it can to develop treatments and vaccines. Instead, it’s using every play in an anti-science playbook to defund research and block medical researchers from making safe and effective discoveries. Read more >

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 Xenophobia Run Amok at the National Institutes of Health

, executive director

What’s happening at NIH is wrong—and should set off alarm bells in the scientific, medical, and public health communities. Good science does not depend on passports, nationality, or citizenship. Read more >

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Science Just Saved My Daughter—The Most Important Reason Why I #StandUpForScience

, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

The morning of April 4, 2017 began with excitement. My family and I were ready to fly to Boston, where we were to meet up with friends and their children at the geography conference. Our five-month old baby Amaia had lost some weight and been all kinds of fussy over the last two weeks, so we stopped to see her doctor in the morning thinking she would get some antibiotics for a stomach bug and we would be on our way. Read more >

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Is a Study of Trucker Health Really Government Waste?

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford earlier this week published a long report called “Federal Fumbles” detailing projects that he considers government waste. Corny football analogies aside, some of the projects described in the report do indeed seem excessive at first glance.

Unfortunately, the senator criticized a number of research grants without even bothering to contact the primary investigators involved in the studies. Let’s take a $2.6 million, 4-year study that tracks efforts to stem trucker obesity (page 17) run by Dr. Ryan Olson at Oregon Health & Sciences University. Read more >

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