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Viral Transmissions is my attempt to pay back the investment that was made by the US National Institutes of Health in my training as an emerging disease virologist. The newsletter began as my effort to provide freely-available information on the COVID-19 pandemic from an apolitical, scientifically-driven standpoint, and has grown into a wider science communication project about all viral illnesses.

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Futurist-scientist-author. Virology PhD via Mount Sinai. Sci Comms manager at a pharma company I don’t rep here. Opinions mine, impressions yours. Pop writing as John Skylar; peer-reviewed science as LJ Feinman.