I’m writing this partially as a self-reflection and in hopes that something I say here helps someone else. I’m currently navigating the post-acute Covid strangeness and I realized that I’m better able to cope with it because of what I’ve gone through previously with post-concussive syndrome.

I’m currently over five weeks out from starting to feel unwell. Although I had a negative test, I had all the symptoms (loss of taste/smell, fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, etc.) and after two weeks of the quarantine, I was shocked that I couldn’t even walk around the block. …


Regardless of where you are in your PhD journey, I hope this article gives you some ideas on how to organize your work, reflect upon your progress, and finish strong. Personally, I was engaged in a joint-doctorate program in the EU for a little over three years. When I started I didn’t really know anyone who had a PhD or how the process was supposed to go. I moved halfway across world and traveled for placements, navigating new workplaces and cultures at the same time as balancing my PhD work and personal life. This was the best time in my…


Taken from a Twitter thread created upon my return to the US after three years abroad, this re-organized polished ridiculous list was my way of managing the reverse culture-shock of returning home. While it is in no means comprehensive, I think it provides a different viewpoint on the mainstays of American culture which are often glossed over in ‘listicles’ of the Top x American food items or the ‘top x strange things Americans encounter when they travel to Y.’ I largely left off the deeper societal issues that everyday Americans face. It is not a slight, nor ignorance of the…


To be a public health professional, one must be an unrelenting optimist. Public health interventions are subject to the political, physical and social environments in which they operate. Success is slow due to tenuous political climates, industry interference, anti-paternalistic views, and an overall lack of funding. Making lasting changes in systems is an uphill battle where we receive no praise for ‘reaching the top’ but we will receive derision if we fail. But after all, public health does not strive for praise and recognition. It strives for equity in all aspects of health.

Onwards and upwards. The motto of unrelenting optimism.

Although this is probably most evident by…


Enticed by a free year of Adobe Lightroom and armed with years worth of photographs from my travels, I started submitting photos to Adobe Stock at the end of 2019. While I had taken photos for years, in hindsight, I didn’t have much of a clue about what I was doing and largely shot with Automatic mode. That being said, I dabbled with photo editing/graphic design when I was younger and had a decent camera so I figured, why not challenge myself and finally get a handle on all those files sitting there doing nothing? …


In addition to the rapidly spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, misinformation, fear, and sensationalism is spreading simultaneously in a global infodemic (1). By nature, science is rapidly evolving and full of contradictions. As scientists, we understand this fundamental truth, however, a 2019 survey conducted by the PEW Research Center found that one-third of Americans were either not sure or believed that the scientific method is “unchanging” and are core principles and truth. (2) In times of a pandemic, it is essential to rapidly disseminate information and evidence related to the threat at hand. …

Melissa Sharp

Epidemiologist specialized in meta-research. American in Europe. Photographer and Embroiderer on the side.

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