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There are some remarkable epidemiologists and other experts who have taken to Twitter to communicate directly with the public about this pandemic. 

Carl Bergstrom teaches biology at the University of Washington, and also is the co-author of the upcoming book “Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World”. He’s a great resource for understanding what is known about COVID-19 and for debunking misinformation.

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, is calm, highly knowledgeable, and intent on informing the public. The center often tweets videos of his interviews.

Marc Lipsitch is the director of Harvard’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics and is an infectious disease epidemiologist and microbiologist.

Natalie Dean is a professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida. She specializes in emerging infections and the design of vaccine studies.

Health journalism & influencers from other fields

(“STAT delivers fast, deep, and tough-minded journalism about health, medicine, life sciences and the fast-moving business of making medicines.” Its website is

Global Biodefense is “an independent, veteran-owned small business not affiliated with any government agency or political organization”, based in the U.S. (Their website is

Ed Yong writes about science for The Atlantic, and was one of the first journalists in the west to report on COVID-19: 

Laurie Garrett is a Pulitzer-winning journalist whose beat has been epidemics for many years and has written several books on the subject: (Note: Garrett also shares her political views on this account.)

Tomas Pueyo has written blog posts on the coronavirus that were advanced for the time in which they were written. A must follow: 

Bill Gates has become an expert in infectious disease and a true leader in this time. Definitely someone to listen to:

One of the leading voices in infectious disease medicine in Canada, Isaac Bogoch is an Infectious Diseases physician and scientist.

David Fisman is a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, head of the epidemiology division:

Laura Rosella is also a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto who studies the intersection of public health and data analytics:

Caitlin Rivers is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security:

Angela Rasmussen is a virologist at Columbia University:

A Canadian account that shares COVID-19 data related to therapies and engineering:

Silvia Stringhini is an epidemiologist based in Switzerland and has insights about the pandemic in Europe (as well as generally):

Ian MacKay is an Australian virologist:

Jenn Dowd is a professor of demographics and epidemiology at the University of Oxford in the U.K.:

Andrew Singer is a British microbiologist who writes about COVID but his main interest is antibiotic resistance – the two are connected! Valuable information here.

Muge Cevik is a virologist clinician and researcher: