What Does ‘Eliminating’ Covid-19 Mean, Anyway?

Understanding what elimination, eradication, and extinction mean to epidemiologists

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Last Friday, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet published a stunning news headline: “New Zealand eliminates COVID-19.” In the piece, health journalist Sophie Cousins reported that the country had ended “community transmission of…




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Yasmin Tayag

Yasmin Tayag

Editor, Medium Coronavirus Blog. Senior editor at Future Human by OneZero. Previously: science at Inverse, genetics at NYU.

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