When killing coronavirus on surfaces, thyme is on your side

Disinfectants have been hard to come by all year. Once COVID-19 reared its ugly head, things like Lysol spray and disinfectant wipes vanished from the shelves. Manufacturers promised things would get back to normal by the summer, but summer has come and gone, and they’re still hard to come by. So finding anything that’s effective

Seeing the big picture: how to think about the pandemic and predict what’s next

Those readers who’ve been with us since our January coverage of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in Wuhan, China, know that The Prepared has consistently predicted the twists and turns of this pandemic. Our blog has been early on many stories, and our COVID-19 scenario guide has been accurate in detail about how many aspects of the

Can’t go any longer without socializing? Try the Cicada Method

I’m fortunate enough to have full-time work-from-home privileges, a comfortable house, and other factors that make me more able to quarantine than most people.  And I’m very concerned about the pandemic and very conscious of the medical benefits of social distancing (see my State of the Pandemic series).  As a result, I’ve been following a


COVID-19 cases and deaths are falling: what that means for you

Coronavirus cases at colleges might be exploding, but in the United States as a whole, the COVID case counts are actually falling. That’s right. We bring you (tentatively) good news for perhaps the first time since this pandemic began. After a massive resurgence in June and July, the majority of American states and the United States

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Russia has an “approved” COVID-19 vaccine, but that doesn’t mean much

News recently broke that the Russian government had approved a COVID-19 vaccine, appearing to give it bragging rights over the USA and other countries developing vaccines. They’ve even announced that members of President Putin’s family have been inoculated with the new vaccine. However, this Sputnik V vaccine is, like its namesake space probe, more a

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Cancers going undiagnosed during COVID: a reminder to prioritize routine checks

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, fewer people have been diagnosed with cancer. Good news? Nope. The lack of cancer diagnoses just means that many cancers are going undiagnosed. Those cancers are still there. They just haven’t yet been discovered. Now, they’ll pop up at a more advanced stage. They’ll start to cause noticeable problems and