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Continued Catastrophe in Yemen: A War-Torn Country Plagued with Multiple Infectious Diseases

By Shannon Efird | March 11, 2020

While COVID-19 dominates global headlines, Yemen, a country located on the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East, has been experiencing years of multiple intense and extremely deadly disease outbreaks since 2015. The roots of Yemen’s health and humanitarian crises date back to the Arab Spring uprising in 2011, as Yemen, like many Middle Eastern countries,… Read more about Continued Catastrophe in Yemen: A War-Torn Country Plagued with Multiple Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus Update: Sixth Death Confirmed Today in Washington State as Local Communities and Corporations Prepare for More Outbreaks in the US

By Emily Elmore | March 2, 2020

The total number of global cases of COVID-19 are inching towards 90,000 with a death count of 3,000, as the cases domestically rise to 100 and 6 deaths – all fatalities from Washington state. Genetic analysis of two cases tested weeks apart in Washington state confirm that the illness was silently spreading for as long… Read more about Coronavirus Update: Sixth Death Confirmed Today in Washington State as Local Communities and Corporations Prepare for More Outbreaks in the US

Coronavirus Update: Spread to the US is “Inevitable”

By Emily Elmore | February 26, 2020

Cases of COVID-19 are spreading rapidly and freely outside China for the first time. While the cases in China have declined since the beginning of February, the illness has erupted far from the point of origin in Wuhan. Hundreds of confirmed cases in pockets of South Korea, Italy and Iran have skyrocketed in a short… Read more about Coronavirus Update: Spread to the US is “Inevitable”

Coronavirus Update: First Two Deaths Outside Mainland China from 2019-nCoV

By Emily Elmore | February 4, 2020

The death toll in China from the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is now at 427, killing more people there in a matter of weeks than the 9-month severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002 and 2003. (SARS took 349 lives and infected 5,327 people in China.) As of issue, there have been 20,000 confirmed cases around… Read more about Coronavirus Update: First Two Deaths Outside Mainland China from 2019-nCoV

Coronavirus Update: WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

By Emily Elmore | January 30, 2020

The World Health Organization declared today the coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China, last month, is now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the WHO, stated that the main reason for the declaration was not necessarily because of the rising number of cases in China, but… Read more about Coronavirus Update: WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Coronavirus Update: Fifth Confirmed Case in the US

By Emily Elmore | January 27, 2020

The death toll in China from the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has skyrocketed to 81, and the case count has jumped to 3,000. On the heels of the latest numbers, China’s Health Minister, Ma Xiaowei announced yesterday that the virus can be spread before a person shows symptoms, indicating that the virus is more contagious than originally… Read more about Coronavirus Update: Fifth Confirmed Case in the US

Coronavirus Update: Travel Advisory Warnings in China

By Emily Elmore | January 23, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised the Travel Advisory Warning to Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) to Wuhan City, China, due to the ongoing outbreak of the novel respiratory coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. As part of the Chinese Emergency Preparedness Plan, officials have closed transport in and out of Wuhan, including… Read more about Coronavirus Update: Travel Advisory Warnings in China

Novel Coronavirus Discovered in Wuhan City, China

By Emily Elmore | January 21, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that Chinese authorities have made an initial identification of a new coronavirus connected to recent cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, China. As of Thursday, January 9, 2020, the WHO does not recommend “any specific measures for travelers” … and “advises against the application of any travel or… Read more about Novel Coronavirus Discovered in Wuhan City, China

China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

By Matthew Zulauf and Renee Sprole | January 13, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced last week that Chinese authorities have made an initial identification of a new coronavirus connected to recent cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, China. On Saturday, the first death linked to the disease was reported by Chinese officials.   To date, reports from China indicate 15 of the 59… Read more about China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

Airplane Food: How to Dine In-Flight Without Your Stomach Taking a Nosedive

By Shannon Efird | January 7, 2020

This week marks the beginning of the first full week of 2020, and millions of Americans will begin their typical routines again, and along with it, their daily work and personal travel in the air. Recent headlines have shed light on the lack of consistent inspections on airplane food and subsequent health concerns that leave… Read more about Airplane Food: How to Dine In-Flight Without Your Stomach Taking a Nosedive

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