Health Watch is a web series featuring expert analyses and comments about the latest developments in health news. This series is presented presented by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with Reuters.
Health Watch – Ebola fear, not science, driving policies
Dr. Paul Biddinger, Associate Director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness, tells Reuters that fear is driving certain non-science based policies like the involuntary quarantine of health workers.
Health Watch – Ebola screening needs to be stepped up
Harvard Professor Barry Bloom tells Reuters that temperature screenings put in place for Ebola were not effective for prior outbreaks like SARS and should be boosted.
Health Watch – Ebola’s mutation scenarios pose new risks
Harvard University scientist Stephen Gire, who studies the genetic makeup of Ebola, says mutation could allow it to benefit from a ”strategy” used by other viruses to increase human infection.