Welcome to David Zweig’s Silent Lunch.

This newsletter features my investigative reporting and commentary on science, technology, media, children, schools, psychology, and other topics.

In addition to this Substack, I report for New York magazine, the Atlantic, the Free Press and other publications. My forthcoming book, An Abundance of Caution, about American schools during the pandemic, will be released in 2024 by MIT Press.

I anticipate subscribers will get perks of some sort related to the book.

Below is a list of some of my more recent past work for the New York Times, Wired, New York, the Atlantic, and other publications.

More clips, on a variety of topics, can be found on my website: DavidZweig.com

You can also follow me on Twitter: Twitter.com/davidzweig


Anthony Fauci’s Deceptions

The School That Couldn’t Quit Covid
Is Gain-of-Function Research a ‘Risk Worth Taking’? Or ‘Insanity’?
How Twitter Rigged the Covid Debate — (Part of “The Twitter Files” Series)
Why Are We Boosting Kids?


An Absurd and Disturbing Cancel Campaign in Public Health


The CDC's Flawed Case for Wearing Masks in School
Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning


Pandemic Pods
They Were the Last Couple in Paradise. Now They’re Stranded


Why Spending Time With Kids Might Protect You Against Covid
The Science of Masking Kids at School Remains Uncertain
Is the Second Shot Giving Young Men a Dangerous Heart Condition?
The Number of Kids Hospitalized for Covid is Overcounted
Experts: CDC Camp Rules are Cruel and Irrational
Why Public Schools Shouldn’t Offer a Remote Option This Fall
Putting Kids Behind Plexiglass Isn't Making Them Safer
The Problem With the CDC’s Six Foot Rule for Schools
Inside the Schools Open Full Time


CDC Owes Parents Better Messaging on the Vaccine For Kids
In Defense of Snow Days
The Ethics of Vaccinating Teachers and Keeping Schools Closed
Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?
44 Square Feet Detective Story
Hybrid Schooling May be the Most Dangerous Option of All
It's Ridiculous To Treat Schools Like Covid Hot Zones
The Case For Reopening Schools

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Writer for the Atlantic, New York magazine, Wired, and other outlets. Author of INVISIBLES and, forthcoming, AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION