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For Faye Flam's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

How safe are pets from COVID-19?

Commentary / World May 30, 2020

How safe are pets from COVID-19?

Back in mid-April, I took my 13-year-old cat to the vet for some tests. They told me his chronic heart disease had worsened, but it was nothing alarming. His condition started to deteriorate a few days later, ultimately leading to a 3 a.m. trip ...

Why I just volunteered for a COVID-19 vaccine trial

Commentary / World May 9, 2020

Why I just volunteered for a COVID-19 vaccine trial

The notion of testing COVID-19 vaccines by deliberately infecting volunteers with the novel coronavirus — something that’s now on the table — isn’t necessarily crazy or unethical. It’s smart, and has benefits that far outweigh the risks. Challenge trials, as scientists call them, vastly speed ...

COVID-19 transmission: What we know

Commentary / World Mar 28, 2020

COVID-19 transmission: What we know

There is not yet an ironclad scientific consensus on exactly how the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spreading, but experts are getting a pretty good sense of it. That understanding needs to be central to our strategy of combatting the virus with minimal ...