A Doctor’s Covid-19 Viral Blog



Day 56- Stay Safe Minnesota

How a biology & immunology professor’s blog on covid-19 went viral after a post on “The risks – know them – avoid them”

In yesterday’s post A Doctor’s Advice to Staying Safe recommendations were highlighted. The post was inspired by Prof Erin Bromage’s May 19 CNN interview. It turns out that, after the interview his ‘practical way of explaining the virus and risky behavior went viral’, write the CNN.

Humbled with such a sudden attention, he writes in his erinbromage.com blog site “the attention it has received in the past several days has been incredible. Here is the backstory to the blog because I want to make sure those of you reading it know who I am and the limits of my expertise.”

He writes that while putting together a undergraduate course Ecology of Infectious Disease together, he decided to include incorporate an emerging pathogen in China. “Since early January my students and I have been developing and updating a huge notice board of information outside my laboratory on the new research findings to track the pathogen’s progression”.

He writes in his blog that before the interview 300-400 people visited his sites. After his posts & probably after CNN interview the posts gained more than 13 million views in about a week.

For a reason unknown to me, my post titled “The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them,” first posted on May 7, 2020, just took off. It’s been a surreal and humbling experience.

Prof Erin Bromage

Prof Bromage further writes “I am not holding myself out as an expert on this virus or epidemiology and I rely on the amazing scientists publishing and discussing their work for the material and data content of my posts. These scientists are the true rock-stars of the response to COVID-19. I just enjoy being able to translate their data and findings into prose that non-scientist lay people can more readily understand as we navigate through this pandemic.”

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 21, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 18,200 (out of 173,556 tested) with 809 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of May 21, 5:30 a.m.) there are 1,551,853 confirmed covid19 infection with 93,439 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 5,016,171 with 328,471 deaths.