Faye Flam, Washington Post

Faye Flam

Washington Post

Cambridge, MA, United States

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Recent:
  • Washington Post
  • Bloomberg
Past:
  • The Japan Times
  • BQ Prime
  • Globe Gazette
  • seattlepi
  • Forbes

Recent articles by Faye:

Who Is Still Dying From Covid? The CDC Can’t Answer That

Joe Biden isn’t the only American to think the pandemic is over. But the virus is still killing 400 to 500 people a day, and data is sketchy about how to save lives. → Read More

Latest Covid Conundrum Is When to Get Yet Another Shot

People’s intuition about timing their boosters doesn’t always agree with the science. What will that mean for this fall’s reformulated vaccines? → Read More

The CDC Needs to Admit Its Covid Mistakes

The first step for reform is to be transparent about what the public health agency got wrong during the pandemic. → Read More

The Omicron BA.5 Wave Is Starting to Ebb. We Need to Know Why.

Scientists are starting to figure out why infection rates rise and fall. But a collapse in Covid testing will make it much harder to predict the next surge. → Read More

Pharma Overpromised on Antidepressants

Two new studies show that SSRIs don’t treat depression by fixing a chemical imbalance in the brain. → Read More

Giant Sequoias Are Built to Withstand Fire, But Not These Fires

Infernos rampaging through the American West are so hot, they’re killing trees that have thrived on fire for thousands of years. → Read More

The World’s Oldest Trees Can Outlive Anything Except Humans

Megafires scorching the American West are threatening giant sequoias that have survived for thousands of years. But the wildfires aren’t the only threats they face. → Read More

The World’s Oldest Trees Can Outlive Anything Except Humans

Megafires scorching the American West are threatening giant sequoias that have survived for thousands of years. But the wildfires aren’t the only threats they face. → Read More

How Worried Should You Be About Omicron BA.5?

The latest variant will lead to a lot of reinfections, and more cases of long Covid, but won’t be as deadly as earlier waves. → Read More

Haven’t Had Covid Yet? Maybe You’ve Just Been Lucky

With highly contagious new variants in circulation, anyone who hasn’t yet gotten sick can probably thank randomness or genetics more than behavior. → Read More

Haven’t Had Covid Yet? Maybe You’ve Just Been Lucky

With highly contagious new variants in circulation, anyone who hasn’t yet gotten sick can probably thank randomness or genetics more than behavior. → Read More

Congress Must Pass Funding for More Covid Research

The US legislative branch has all but killed a bill needed to fight the looming BA.4 and BA.5 wave. → Read More

Fuzzy Language Is Setting Back the Fight Against Covid

Words like “breakthrough,” “booster” and even “mask” mean different things to different people. → Read More

Have Public Health Officials Just Given Up on Covid-19?

Even without mask mandates or social distancing, there are still measures — like better ventilation — that are worth encouraging. → Read More

People, Get Your Booster Shots Already

Most Americans still haven’t gotten their third shot of the Covid vaccine, but the benefits of a booster are increasingly compelling. → Read More

People, Get Your Booster Shots Already

Most Americans still haven’t gotten their third shot of the Covid vaccine, but the benefits of a booster are increasingly compelling. → Read More

Do a Third of Americans Truly Believe Replacement Theory?

Social scientists who study conspiracy theories say surveys aren’t a reliable way of gauging their support. But there’s still a lot to worry about. → Read More

Do a Third of Americans Truly Believe Replacement Theory?

Social scientists who study conspiracy theories say surveys aren’t a reliable way of gauging their support. But there’s still a lot to worry about. → Read More

Behind the Amazing Photo of the Milky Way’s Very Own Black Hole

Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, has fascinated cosmologists for years. Now we’ve got pics. → Read More

Behind the Amazing Photo of the Milky Way’s Very Own Black Hole

Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, has fascinated cosmologists for years. Now we’ve got pics. → Read More