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How the “Flu Blacklist” Explains Why the 2013-2014 Flu Season is Deadly

Tomás Aragón, Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health | February 8, 2014

In my professional role, I am interviewed by the media to explain why this flu season is so “deadly.” I have a more mathematical explanation here (which is challenging to simplify). However, Rob Roth from KTVU Channel 2 interviewed me and suggested the term “susceptible list” to describe the people who are still on the … Continue reading »

Thinking under the influenza

Fyodor Urnov, associate adjunct professor, molecular and cell biology | January 20, 2014

It is flu season, and an opportunity to, first, remind ourselves that in 1918-19 the virus killed approximately 30 million people, and to take appropriate precautions; second, ponder a general human weakness the disease name reflects. Symptoms of the flu include fever, aches and pains, headache, and weakness, so why is this condition called “influenza”? … Continue reading »