Your saliva affects the way you spread pathogens

Our saliva can vary depending on our physiological state, making us more or less likely to pass on bugs to others

An anonymous COVID-19 contact tracing app that warns you when your friends are sick

A different kind of contact tracing sounds an alarm when people in your social circle are falling ill

Researchers create an effective RNA vaccine for malaria

Tech similar to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines might prevent one of the world's deadliest diseases

Over-the-counter COVID tests are coming sooner rather than later

Scientists and lawmakers agree that over-the-counter rapid tests could allow desk workers to settle back into their cubicles and make it easier to reopen schools and travel.

It's time to track city sewage for emerging diseases, not just COVID-19

The current pandemic accelerated the wastewater epidemiology techniques, but researchers hope to continue the practice to prevent the next one

How safe is the DNA in your poop from unwanted snooping?

Sewer systems can signal outbreaks before they start. If you're worried, poop is safe as long as it's in the right hands

Don't bank on herd immunity to save us from COVID-19

The best way forward is to use quality research to shape policy

Meet Lady Mary Montagu, who brought smallpox inoculation to England

This poet and essayist likely saved many lives from this deadly, disfiguring disease

Without more coronavirus testing, the US is unprepared for a second wave of infections

Disease surveillance and some form of contact tracing are absolute necessities

Simple science communication helps ease fears and spread good information during the COVID-19 pandemic

Epidemiologists Eleanor Murray and Benjamin Linas have created a set of posters for Boston-area patients, which have since been translated into many languages

No one really knows if coronavirus is going away in the summer

Which is all the more reason to continue strengthening policy and public health responses

Where does the word "quarantine" come from?

It came to English from Italian

A scientist wearing a white lab coat and latex gloves holds three test tubes with clear liquid in them up to the light.

John Crawford, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Scientists are testing for coronavirus with genetic "fishing hooks"

Molecular "baits" also make testing for the virus safer for lab personnel

Here's why border control will not stop coronavirus

A robust public health response is the best method for controlling epidemics

How does one Seattle coronavirus patient turn into two six weeks later?

And why does that mean there are hundreds if not thousands of carriers?