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Trish Zornio

Trish Zornio

Trish Zornio is a scientist, lecturer and writer who has worked at some of the nation's top universities and hospitals. She’s an avid rock climber and was a 2020 candidate for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.

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Breaking down the debate over booster shots

By: - September 15, 2021

For days, news outlets have lit up with the growing controversy over booster shots. The question: “Do Americans need booster shots, and, if so, when?” On the one hand, President Joe Biden announced his administration would aim to secure booster shots by the end of September. However, these plans were announced prior to a completed […]

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5 facts anti-abortion activists get wrong

By: - September 8, 2021

Want to reduce abortions?  Great — but doing so doesn’t require unconstitutional abortion bans. Conversations on female reproductive biology have long been muted. The duct tape is often applied by religious and conservative sects that historically view even the most basic utterances of sexual education as lewd. The result? A fundamental lack of understanding of […]

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Vaccines for kids are coming but they can’t be rushed

By: - September 1, 2021

For weeks, questions from concerned parents have poured in:  Why isn’t the COVID-19 vaccine approved for children under age 12 yet? When will a vaccine for children be available? Can the vaccine be given off-label? These are all good questions, and the answers aren’t easy.  After the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified in late 2019, clinical […]

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I quit teaching over COVID-19

By: - August 25, 2021

It took 36 years, but I’ve finally left school. The end came shortly after University of Colorado administrators denied faculty the ability to teach remotely amid yet another COVID-19 surge. Following the denial, a stream of unusual advice for professors trickled in: anticipate chaos, get creative and, if necessary, call the police. Over the years, […]

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Children are dying for Republican ‘freedom’

By: - August 18, 2021

Apparently, the bodies of sick or dead children are not a motivator for today’s Republicans. Then again, when were they? When 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Republicans didn’t fight to end gun violence — they doubled down on unfettered gun access.  When scientists warned decades ago that generations […]

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Should the unvaccinated be denied health care?

By: - August 11, 2021

The hippocratic oath requires doctors to treat all patients equally — but what happens when you run out of doctors? This isn’t the first time medical staff and hospital beds were in short supply during the pandemic. There is, however, something notably different this time. In the early stages of COVID-19, patients overflowed hospitals at […]

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The link between extreme mudslides and climate change

By: - August 4, 2021

Without a doubt, one of the largest threats to American infrastructure is climate change. This was illustrated yet again as upwards of 10 landslides ravaged sections of Colorado’s Interstate 70 corridor, closing the Glenwood Canyon portion of the highway indefinitely. This came after weeks of intermittent slides that have exhausted personnel and had a chilling […]

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Literacy rates are falling, and Democrats could lose big

By: - July 28, 2021

Twenty-five years ago Republicans were more educated than Democrats. Today, the inverse is true. The education gap is readily apparent. Facts have become partisan, and Republicans have tossed whole science books out the window. It’s a strategy that appears ill-considered at first glance — after all, what good is letting a virus ransack your base? […]

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States and schools should reinstate mask mandates

By: - July 21, 2021

If we don’t act now, masks could become a long-term fashion accessory. In the past 14 days, the United States has seen tremendous growth in COVID-19 cases again. This has included a 36% increase in hospitalizations and a 26% increase in deaths. With the more transmissible delta variant, infection rates are likely to keep rising […]

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Colorado air is getting dirtier and dirtier

By: - July 14, 2021

It’s not the altitude that’s making it hard to breathe — it’s the dirty air. It’s no secret that Colorado’s air quality has been in decline for years. This week alone saw health alerts for both smoke-filled skies and ozone levels that had already prompted the Environmental Protection Agency in 2019 to label Denver as […]

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Delta variant Q&A

By: - July 7, 2021

As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too. The delta variant is a mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Early estimates […]

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Examining our hidden bias

By: - July 1, 2021

Pride Month and Juneteenth may have passed, but the time to address systemic biases of all kinds certainly hasn’t. To start, a riddle: A father and his son are in a car crash. The father dies. The son is brought to the emergency department for life saving surgery. Upon entering the room, the surgeon shouts, […]