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Sun Oct 18, 2020, 02:21 PM

A "brown guy with a funny name" is keeping Maine safe from Covid-19.

The face of Maine’s successful policy is Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Shah’s rock star status is reflected in his impressive Twitter following, a Facebook fan club and even an electronic road sign on the state’s Route 196 that blinks “In Shah We Trust.” The fact that a self-described “brown guy with a funny name from another state who has been here for 400 days could be viewed as a voice for science,” Shah has tweeted, “speaks more about the character of Maine people than anything else could.” Clearly, that “voice for science” has had a powerful influence. Cell-phone-tracking data indicate that Maine residents have sharply curtailed travel since March. And surveys suggest a general adherence to public health advice on mask wearing and social distancing, even in outdoor spaces such as hiking trails.

Trained in law and economics as well as medicine, Shah takes a broad view of public health that relies on equal parts science, persuasion and empathy. His twice-weekly public radio briefings follow three principles: never shy away from the truth, answer questions directly, and acknowledge the statistics and numbers without overlooking the human element. Our national approach, he says, does not adhere to those principles.


https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-straight-talk-helped-one-state-control-covid/?fbclid=IwAR2f5hKCEby4KJPZxR2Ns9xNeMR1bNkYI1ycIxXpCKxgRPdaYQFOxgstRsg

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mopinko Oct 18 #1
niyad Oct 18 #2
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Zing Zing Zingbah Oct 18 #5

Response to mainer (Original post)

Sun Oct 18, 2020, 03:56 PM

1. that's impressive. usually in maine

you have to be there for a few decades before ppl stop pointing out that you are 'from away'.
amazing.

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Sun Oct 18, 2020, 04:25 PM

2. KNR

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Sun Oct 18, 2020, 04:25 PM

3. Maine's neighbours to the north,

the Atlantic provinces, have virtually wrapped themselves in a bubble and have been Covid-free for several months. Maritimers are smart people!

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Sun Oct 18, 2020, 04:44 PM

4. "Never shy away from the truth, answer questions directly..."

It says a lot about our country that that's newsworthy.

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Sun Oct 18, 2020, 05:47 PM

5. Shah and Mills have a been doing a good job.

Where's the sign on 196? I guess it's been a while since I've driven down that road to go to Brunswick/Bath area.

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