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Pandemic Reflections

One weary year of trying to keep everyone healthy and safe

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On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, I headed into Medium’s NYC office and presented a deck called “Pandemics n’ Packages,” about Elemental’s coverage plans for this novel coronavirus. It was my husband’s birthday, so that night we went out to dinner with my 83-year-old father-in-law. Some of my FIL’s friends happened to be at the next table, celebrating an 80th birthday. So many elderly people at that restaurant, elbow bumping their greetings and then sitting down to talk and laugh and cough with unmasked mouths. I remember going to the restroom and washing my hands for the full 30 seconds. …


Why he’s optimistic about the future of the pandemic

A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccination as part of a vaccine trial on August 13, 2020. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

This article is adapted from a new live-event series called Medium in Conversation. Andy Slavitt is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Barack Obama, host of the pandemic podcast In the Bubble, and author of the forthcoming book Preventable — a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. coronavirus crisis and response. Sarah Collins is the editor-in-chief of Elemental. Slavitt and Collins spoke in front of a Zoom audience on December 8 about incoming Covid-19 vaccines and what people can expect in the coming weeks and beyond.

Elemental: Since day one of the pandemic, [you…


Six Months In

Introducing Elemental’s special series on Covid-19

Trying to follow this unending pandemic on a day-to-day basis has been like looking through a chain-link fence: irritating, disorienting, and nauseating. We’ve all been doing this nonstop since March. Six months later, where do we find ourselves?

All this week, Elemental is going to try and answer that question — to step back for a moment and see what comes into focus. To reflect on individual lived experiences, to celebrate the advances in Covid-19 knowledge and treatment, and to set our sights on the crucial next steps so I don’t have to write another one of these where are…


On April 10, 2019, Medium launched Elemental — a new science-backed health and wellness publication to help people better understand and take care of their bodies and minds.

What a long, strange year it’s been.

We now find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, on week 4 (feels like 400) of quarantine, trying to make sense of a confounding virus and deliver solid, sound, useful information to help you stay safe and healthy. …


Maybe this is the message that will get people to listen

A couple of days ago, my mom texted me this Medium post, asking if I’d seen it. It was written by Greg Gilman, a guy I went to high school with back in the 1990s. His sister, Monica, was my co-captain on the soccer team. She died 20 years ago after a sudden illness at age 25.

The post is a very personal plea from Greg to #StayTheFuckHome. It’s been circulating like wildfire throughout our Rhode Island hometown, especially among our parents’ friends — the over-sixties who are at an increased risk for serious illness and were maybe not taking…


Dear Elemental reader,

This week has felt like a lifetime. I’m sitting here past midnight (on my birthday, no less) with a racing mind, bone-tired body, and tight chest. I can only imagine you’re feeling much of the same.

Since coronavirus crept into our lives early this year, Elemental has been dedicated to giving you the latest news and science-backed information to help you stay safe, healthy, and prepared. But then this week hit, and we asked ourselves: Are we doing enough? And we decided we were not.

So we created the Medium Coronavirus Blog, which launched today. It is…


Dear Elemental reader:

We just hit publish on our latest coronavirus story. It’s called “Quarantining and Isolation: When Do You Do It, And Why,” and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t cause me to pause and think how eerie it is to publish a story with that headline.

So much is unknown, so much is unfolding, and so much is unfounded when it comes to coronavirus. I have no doubt that your feeds, your inboxes, and (let’s be honest) your friends and family are overflowing with the latest reports and rumors. I know mine are.

This is a…


Let in the light.

Good morning! If there’s a sunny window near you, may I suggest you sit by it to read this email?

I wanted to let you know about something Elemental has been up to, in case you haven’t basked in the glow of it just yet: LIGHT WEEK. Over the last 5 days, we’ve featured a series of stories about light — how it affects our bodies, minds, and well-being, according to science.

We felt like it might be a good time to launch LIGHT WEEK because, I dunno, it’s been feeling pretty dark lately. Dark month, dark mood, dark happenings…

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