Six Months In

50 Experts to Trust in a Pandemic

Whose advice should you follow to stay healthy and informed? The health and science experts on this list.

Elemental Editors
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31 min readSep 18, 2020

This story is part of “Six Months In,” a special weeklong Elemental series reflecting on where we’ve been, what we’ve learned, and what the future holds for the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of the most challenging aspects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is that even six months in so much is still unknown and uncertain. While it can feel like the leaders tasked with navigating the pandemic are ill-equipped and unprepared (specifically in the United States), the fact remains that there are many scientists, doctors, and health leaders who are well-trained in pandemic response and have been working on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic since the beginning.

As government leaders and agencies have become increasingly politicized, untrustworthy, and silenced, people are turning to other sources online for up-to-date and science-backed information and guidance. In some cases, these sources have been sharing pandemic insights for years. In others, experts have realized the need for more evidence-based information on Covid-19 and have started sharing that with followers more regularly.

“Given the challenge with communications during this pandemic, and given that certain institutions have significant political limitations that impact the scope of their communications, such as CDC, the role of scientists and doctors to help fill that gap is immense,” Abraar Karan, MD, an internal medicine doctor at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital said earlier this year. “In that way, I feel like my relationship with social media has changed because there is a lot more weight and consequence to everything I write or tweet, and I take that very seriously.”

Elemental created this list of 50 health and science experts to help you separate truth from misinformation and stay up to date. These experts regularly…