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Jessica Rivera

Jessica Rivera

GHC bio pic Jessica Rivera is a senior health and science communications strategist based in New York City. She earned her MS in Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University.

H7N9 Might Be The Next Pandemic, But It Might Not

By March 20, 2015 No Comments
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Remember that wordless scene at the end of Steven Soderbergh’s thriller, Contagion? The setting was a remote jungle, and the only actors on screen were two animals: a bat and a pig. In the chain of disease transmission, humans are only one or two links away from contracting seemingly distant zoonotic (from animals) viruses. Due […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


There’s Actually a Scientific Reason Behind Being #antivaxx

By February 24, 2015 No Comments
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In just under 10 minutes, Hank Green of YouTube’s famous SciShow gives the most scientific (while easily understandable) explanation of why people opt out of vaccines. His video follows the thinking of Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman who claims that “[p]eople are much more afraid of their children dying from a vaccine than they are […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting


What We Could Learn From Sweden

By February 19, 2015 No Comments
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  I recently listened to a radio interview comparing Sweden to the US with regard to vaccination rates. I should emphasize the fact that the two countries share very little in common when it comes to healthcare, which naturally informs the average citizen about their medical choices BUT one detail stood out to me. Herd […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health