Contributor: Gareth Willmer

Gareth Willmer ESMH contributorGareth Willmer is a London-based freelance journalist and subeditor who covers science, technology and global development for a range of websites and publications. He has worked for publications including New Scientist, Nature, EU research and innovation magazine Horizon, science and global development publication SciDev.Net, and global development website Devex. He writes regularly on subjects from environmental issues and the evolution of life on our planet to how new technologies such as satellites can be used in agriculture and natural disasters in developing countries.

ESMH interview Samuel Scarpino

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Samuel Scarpino about clusters & superspreading

Interview with Samuel Scarpino, assistant professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. What impact does the news about fresh vaccines for COVID-19 have on the importance of backward tracing? With the new vaccines, I think certainly the early signs are a lot more optimistic than most of us were planning ...

ESMH Interview Akira Endo

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Akira Endo about clusters & superspreading

Interview with Dr Akira Endo in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Is it still beneficial to look into combining backward with forward contact tracing, as you describe in your recent paper, following the recent developments with COVID vaccines? It’s very good news about the vaccines, ...

Social distancing concept. Physical contamination, infected people.

Mix of COVID-19 cluster-busting with vaccine push may bring a new normal faster

Combining so-called “backward tracing” with traditional forward tracing to help identify source events of COVID-19 outbreaks has been cited as a potential way of better tracking the disease, as seen in some Asian countries. Now that vaccines are emerging on the scene, how can this concept be used for more effective cluster-busting?

Social distancing concept. Physical contamination, infected people.

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Gwenan Knight about clusters & superspreading

Interview with Dr Gwenan Knight, assistant professor at the the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. What was the aim of your initial work on COVID-19 clusters for the studies you brought out in May and June, and how did you go about it? Stepping back pre-COVID, one of the things I’m interested in ...

Social distancing concept. Physical contamination, infected people.

COVID-19 : tracking clusters to keep ahead of fresh surges

With many countries around the world beginning to see or anticipating a resurgence of COVID-19, attention has been turning to how to avoid an economically punishing second round of lockdowns while keeping transmission down. One method is by examining the types of hotspots where clusters of cases emerge.

Social distancing concept. Physical contamination, infected people.

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Professor Rajib Shaw about clusters & superspreading

Interview with Professor Rajib Shaw at the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University, Japan. What do you see as the most important part of your research on COVID-19 clusters in Japan? I think it was that the cluster-based approach was very important to identify the initial surge in numbers. In January and ...