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Tracking Respiratory Infections in NYC, With or Without Symptoms

There’s a lot we don’t know about respiratory viruses and how they spread. A study currently underway seeks to unravel these mysteries, in part by studying people who are healthy enough to be walking around in Manhattan.

by |February 26, 2018

Jeffrey Shaman: What Makes the Flu Spread?

The onset of flu season each year comes as no surprise. But what is surprising is that we don’t know exactly how the flu spreads. Jeffrey Shaman is working on that.

by |July 10, 2017
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Website Maps the Flu, and Predicts Its Progress

Infectious disease experts at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health have launched a website that reports weekly predictions for rates of seasonal influenza in 94 cities in the United States.

by |January 13, 2014

This Week’s Forecast: Sunny with a 40 Percent Chance of Flu

New computer model takes a page from weather forecasting to predict regional peaks in influenza outbreaks.

by |November 28, 2012
A new study suggests climate shifts may affect bird migrations in a way that could influence outbreaks of human influenza.

Does La Niña Lead to Flu Pandemics?

Four major flu pandemics of the last century, including the deadly 1918 flu, were all proceeded by La Niña conditions in the Pacific, according to a recent paper.

by |January 18, 2012