Weekly COVID-19 outbreak reports from cities around the world

Chemung County

These are the stories of researchers, epidemiologists, and physicians racing to understand and predict the COVID-19 pandemic in their cities, told each week one city a time…

In a small, rural hospital in upstate New York, Dr. Asad Nasir sat in front of his computer adjusting a slider on a website that lets you quickly model different outbreak scenarios. Unlike the sprawling urban center of New York City a few hours to the south, there were no teams of data scientists and epidemiologists flocking to model the outbreak in his county…

Weekly COVID-19 outbreak reports from cities around the world

Social distancing in New York City has left one the world’s most vibrant urban centers eerily quiet.

As part of a massive crowd sourced research effort, flashpub.io has organized local groups of epidemiologists, data scientists, and researchers to predict how the outbreak will affect their local communities. These are their stories, told one city a time…

New York City’s first COVID-19 case was confirmed on March 1st. A month later, there are now over 60,000 confirmed cases, thousands of deaths, and the city’s hospital capacity is being tested as health care work force is rapidly adapting to an unprecedented surge in hospitalizations.

For the last month, a small…

How rethinking case reports could open new paths to treatment discovery

The smallest unit of medical knowledge is a single case — one patient, one treatment, one outcome. Did they get better?

While one patient’s outcome says little about what may or may not be true for other patients, together case reports could speak volumes. Promising trends in off-label drug use, refinements to clinical trial conclusions, and the untapped potential of big data in health records are still largely siloed within the halls of hospitals.

There are efforts by large tech companies to extract this data — for private use. Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are all aggressively pushing to get access…

A new way to publish scientific discovery, from flashPub

In 1665, the first scientific journal articles were published in England. Instead of waiting decades to publish a complete set of work as a book, scientists could actively lead their community with rapid, more frequent publications. Over three hundred years later, journal articles remain the primary method of formalizing and publishing new scientific discoveries.

In 1969, the internet was born with one fateful message between two computers: “lo-”. Despite its anti-climatic beginnings, the internet has since completely transformed the way we communicate, interact, and work. …

By Nate Jacobs, CEO of flashPub

I recently quit my job as a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA. Or, more accurately, I was asked to leave because I was spending all my time asking people around the world about their experiences reading and publishing scientific articles. A simple question lingering as a nagging curiosity had grown into a passion and a revelation that consumed my career, and I haven’t looked back.

I have always hated publishing scientific manuscripts, whether it was in prestigious journals such as Science to newer more innovative journals such as Frontiers. It takes years to publish, 80%…


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