I usually stick to data, but today will be Personal Day.

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time talking to reporters about what an epidemiologist does, how public health investigations work, and essentially giving them crash courses in Epi 101.

They apologize for taking up so much of my time, but I love doing it. I love epidemiology, and can wax evangelical about it. Just ask any of my former students, a few of whom I’ve converted. But what I really appreciate is that local reporters, even those known for “gotcha” type of stories, want to understand. For many…