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COMMENTARY: What can masks do? Part 2: What makes for a good mask study — and why most fail

Experts detail the necessary elements of a rigorous mask study and explore some recent studies that, though highly touted by both scientists and the lay press, fell quite a bit short.

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COMMENTARY: What can masks do? Part 1: The science behind COVID-19 protection

Part 1 of a 2-part commentary explains the differences in cloth face coverings and surgical masks, the science of respiratory protection, and the hierarchy of disease controls.

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FDA panel green-lights Moderna COVID boosters for risk groups

The experts voted unanimously to approve the booster in the same risk groups as for the Pfizer vaccine booster.

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Study: Home monoclonal antibody program averted COVID hospital care

During a 14-day follow-up, only 8 of 144 infused patients (5.6%) were hospitalized, despite all being at high risk.


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Sep 20, 2021
An Assessment of Antibiotic Stewardship Components of Certification Programs in US Animal Agriculture Using the Antibiotic Stewardship Assessment Tool was co-authored by CIDRAP staff (Jamie Umber, DVM, MPH, & Kristine Moore, MD, MPH) and published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

Sep 14, 2021
Cory Anderson, MPH, was featured as one of the UMN graduate students blazing new paths in the One Health movement, discussing his passion both personal and professional when it comes to chronic wasting disease.

May 12, 2021
Barriers and activities to implementing or expanding influenza vaccination programs in low- and middle-income countries: A global surveying paper published by Vaccines is co-authored by CIDRAP staff (Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, Maya Peters, MPH, and Meredith Arpey, MPH).

April 12, 2021
CIDRAP Director and previous Bush Fellowship award winner Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, was recently profiled by the Bush Foundation.

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The Osterholm Quote

"[Delayed second doses of COVID-19 vaccine] may have had a much more superior response because we know immunologically that people’s immune systems may be much better primed for that second dose if they wait until that whole maturation process is accomplished."