• Andrew Thurston

    Editor, The Brink Twitter Profile

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    Andrew Thurston is originally from England, but has grown to appreciate the serial comma and the Red Sox, while keeping his accent (mostly) and love of West Ham United. He joined BU in 2007, and is the editor of the University’s research news site, The Brink; he was formerly director of alumni publications. Before joining BU, he edited consumer and business magazines, including for corporations, nonprofits, and the UK government. His work has won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the In-House Agency Forum, Folio:, and the British Association of Communicators in Business. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in English and related literature from the University of York. Profile

  • Jackie Ricciardi

    Staff photojournalist

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    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year. Profile

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There are 2 comments on After a Year in the White House, BU Infectious Diseases Expert Shares Lessons about Pandemic Response

  1. I am deeply troubled by all this talk of “misinformation”.

    We saw quite clearly during COVID how the medical orthodoxy seemed to get many fundamental facts about COVID completely wrong, such as its claims that:
    * the virus certainly had natural origins
    * the virus was not airborne
    * the social distancing and masks effectively prevented transmission
    * the vaccines precluded transmission

    Without a free flow of ideas and thoughts (as befits a university!), these misinformed notions would never have been challenged, and the country would be in even worse shape than it is already.

  2. The American public is owed an honest analysis of what worked and what did not during the pandemic. Why was information, that we now know is inaccurate, propagated with such dogmatic zeal by some medical and social media personalities?

    The public has learned a lot about pandemics, the media, and the role so-called experts played during that time. Now we are looking for self-reflection from those who politicized the pandemic and used it to self-promote, regardless of which political spectrum they represent.

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