Scientists are Suddenly Celebrities

The pandemic has thrust public health specialists into the spotlight like never before.
 
Called on to monitor and model the outbreak, advise on policy, and educate the public, many feel grateful to be able to help. But the burnout is real.
 
In a field where success is measured in disasters averted, the limelight is a major adjustment. 
 
Take Caitlin Rivers of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: “Almost all of the 2,000 Twitter followers she had in January were other scientists. Most of the 130,000 followers she now has are not,” writes Ed Yong.
 
The Atlantic

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