Articles by Joel Achenbach

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USA: More Than a Year into the Pandemic, We’re Still Figuring out What Risks We’re Willing to Take
Joel Achenbach | The Washington Post - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 May 2021

3 May 2021 – Risk analysis is not something humans are necessarily good at. We rely on anecdotes more than scientific data. The questions we ask rarely have a simple yes or no answer. Risk tends to be on a sliding scale. Outside of self-isolation, there is no obvious way to drive the risk of viral transmission to zero, nor is risky behavior guaranteed to result in a dire outcome. We have no choice but to live probabilistically.

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This Coronavirus Mutation Has Taken Over the World. Scientists Are Trying to Understand Why.
Sarah Kaplan and Joel Achenbach | The Washington Post - Reader Supported News, 6 Jul 2020

29 Jun 2020 – The mutation doesn’t appear to make people sicker, but a growing number of scientists worry that it has made the virus more contagious.

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