Flu Season & the Pandemic: Twindemic or a Manageable Crisis?

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As of September 17, 2020, there are over 29.9 million COVID-19 cases and 941,000 deaths worldwide. The United States leads the count with over 6.65 million cases and 197,000 deaths. The influential model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects there could be approximately 415,000 COVID-19 deaths by January 1, 2021 in the… Continue reading Flu Season & the Pandemic: Twindemic or a Manageable Crisis?

Coronavirus Update: Trump: Americans Should Work from Home/Case Fatality Rates, Flu vs COVID-19

American life as we know it has changed drastically over the past week, and today President Trump asked all Americans to work from home if they can and to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. The NBA, NHL and PGA, college basketball and other US sports have all suspended play. Nearly 20 states have… Continue reading Coronavirus Update: Trump: Americans Should Work from Home/Case Fatality Rates, Flu vs COVID-19

Coronavirus Update: Travel Advisory Warnings in China

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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… Continue reading Coronavirus Update: Travel Advisory Warnings in China

China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

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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… Continue reading China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

Photo courtesy of Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images. 2018.

From the reemergence of vaccine-preventable diseases to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, we’re bringing you a roundup of the major global health stories of 2018. Reemergence of Measles Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. During the 1950s, in stark contrast to the present day, almost every American was affected by the measles, with nearly all children suffering a bout… Continue reading 2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

Peak Flu Season is Almost Here

The 2017-2018 flu season was exceptionally devastating for a multitude of reasons ranging from uncontrollable environmental factors to vaccine efficacy issues. With the 2018-2019 flu season rapidly approaching, it is imperative that the lessons learned from the last flu season, as well as years prior, are observed.  What Went Wrong in 2017  The 2017-2018 Flu season… Continue reading Peak Flu Season is Almost Here

Fever Dreams: The 1918 Flu Pandemic, ‘Super Vaccines’, and the Fight to Stop the Next Global Outbreak

Source: US Army via Wikimedia Commons, “Soldiers ill with Spanish influenza.” Taken 1918

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of an influenza pandemic that devastated the world, a global outbreak that has been cited as the worst in recorded history. As American troops deployed to the Western Front at the close of World War 1, the flu spread from Kansas military camps across the United States and Europe. The… Continue reading Fever Dreams: The 1918 Flu Pandemic, ‘Super Vaccines’, and the Fight to Stop the Next Global Outbreak

Hong Kong’s Summer Flu Crisis Leaves 200+ Dead and Thousands more Infected

Patients wait for treatment in a Hong Kong hospital. Source: Felix Wong, July 20, 2017

Hong Kong is experiencing a significant seasonal flu outbreak, with over 200 dead since May; this summer’s strain has infected thousands more and hospitals have been overloaded with new patients. According to the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection, over 2,000 new cases were reported in the last week, with cases predicted to rise. Aside from the… Continue reading Hong Kong’s Summer Flu Crisis Leaves 200+ Dead and Thousands more Infected