Rachel Fairbank
rachelfairbank
Rachel Fairbank is a freelance science writer based in Texas. When she is not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, or at her local boxing gym.
1:42 PM
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It’s possible, but not too probable. There was a Type B influenza circulating that was not included in the vaccine. If it’s not in the vaccine, chances are it won’t be picked up by tests because tests are also specifically created for the strains that are anticipated to circulate. That could have been what people Read more

4/2/20
1:13 PM
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2 days after people started really understanding what a world of hurt we were in for in the country, my garbage disposal decided to take a crap. And since my kitchen sink is one of those HUGE ones with only 1 drain, that took it totally out of commission, as well as my dishwasher out of commission. I took all of the Read more

3/27/20
7:08 PM
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I think this video was more about letting people feel like they're in control of an uncontrollable situation. More of a psychological boost than actual risk mitigation. 

3/27/20
5:22 PM
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I think the problem amounts to the fact that people are clamoring for information, and there isn’t a lack of it out there. What there is tho, is a whole lot of people who are posting shit on Facebook with no context, and without attribution. Many of them aren’t doing it with malice, but it’s really hard for people Read more

3/27/20
2:42 PM
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This article was the kick in the butt that I needed to take much more extreme measures than I was taking. Thank you.

3/26/20
4:37 PM
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I work from home all the time and I’m having issues right now. I didn’t appreciate how much knowing I could get out of the house if I needed to meant to my sanity until it was taken away.

3/26/20
2:48 PM
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Ugh I needed this today. The higher ups are so panicked about everyone working from home that they want list of everything we complete each day, and I feel like all that does is make me hit a wall even earlier in the day.

3/25/20
3:33 PM
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As a martial artist, doing shadow boxing and solo training drills are one of the few things keeping me sane with this quarantine situation. Read more

3/21/20
1:45 PM
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Sums up the whole problem with public education on this pandemic. You might think that reporting that older people were more vulnerable would make people stop and (calmly) consider the vulnerable people in their lives. But people (and Americans even more) are individuals and they base their choices on individual risk. Read more

3/19/20
4:42 PM
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I get some produce delivered via one of those “ugly produce” boxes (I’ve done a lot of research on the process and the company I use specifically, and I feel that they are transparent and take great care to support both farmers, food producers, and the food insecure community). I don’t know if that’s one of the things Read more

3/19/20
4:30 PM
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Ya know, that’s a very fair point. Canceling my upcoming order.