I am Dr. Ellie Murray, public health expert, epidemiologist ＆ go-to source for navigating daily life during COVID-19. AMA about how to safely see friends and family, travel, go to medical appointments ＆ more during the pandemic.
I am Dr. Ellie Murray, assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. I research the control of disease patterns in human populations. Specifically, my work is centered on improving evidence-based decision-making by patients, clinicians, and policy makers. In recent months, I have zeroed in on understanding the spread of COVID-19. I developed a spectrum of risk and harm reduction tips for every setting – from seeing friends and family, to traveling, to medical appointments and more – in an effort to help people choose low-risk activities that are sustainable in the long-term.
Ask me anything about:
- What are the risks of returning to everyday activities? ◦ How can I evaluate the risks of different activities?
- How can I see family and friends safely?
- What do the COVID-19 numbers in America mean?
- Is it safe to travel?
- Should I go to the doctor/dentist – or reschedule?
- Should I go to restaurants?
- Can I safely return to the gym?
- How long will social distancing last?
- What does “herd immunity” mean? Is it a good solution to address the pandemic?
- How can we improve COVID-19 testing?
- Are there certain activities that are legally allowed during reopening that I should still avoid because they’re high-risk?
- What are the best types of masks for exercising, returning to school and/or work, traveling and more?
- What are the most important precautions for preventing the spread of coronavirus?
- Where can I find the most accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19?
- What should I do if I’m experiencing COVID-19 fatigue?
I have been quoted in news stories covering these topics in publications including Wired, Business Insider, Vox, U.S. News ＆ World Report, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Politico, The Atlantic, New Scientist, Slate, The New York Times, Medium, The Boston Globe, and more.
I was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I have an ScD in Epidemiology and MSc in Biostatistics from Harvard, an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and a BSc in Biology from McGill University.
Thank you everyone for writing in – this has been a wonderful conversation! You've all asked really important questions so I will try to come back and address those questions that I did not get to today over the next week, but unfortunately I have to log off for now. In the meantime, for more on my public health perspectives follow me on Twitter at @EpiEllie. Stay safe and be kind to each other. We're all in this together.