Trish Zornio

Trish Zornio

Trish Zornio is a columnist for the Colorado Newsline, an affiliate of the nonprofit States Newsroom. She is a scientist and lecturer in behavioral neuroscience and research methodology at the University of Colorado Denver. She has worked for some of the nation's top universities and hospitals and has focused her personal efforts on enhancing the intersection of science and policy, as well as women in STEM. Zornio is an avid rock climber and was a 2020 candidate for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.


Think a mild case of COVID-19 is no big deal? Think again.

By: - October 18, 2021

More than 44.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of them, over 715,000 have died. But what about the millions who lived? Have they fully recovered? According to new research, perhaps not. We often talk about the symptoms of a disease as the immediate impacts such as a […]


Should eligible, unvaccinated people be medically triaged at the same priority as the vaccinated?

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 […]

Delta variant Q&A: How the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant might change your behavior

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 suggest the […]


A scientist’s reflections on 2020: Can we create a paradigm shift in American governance?

By: - January 1, 2021

As 2020 comes to a close, I can’t help but feel a small sense of relief and optimism. It’s not because vaccines are arriving, or because President Donald Trump is almost out of the White House, although both certainly help. It’s because for the first time in what feels like forever there is a sliver […]