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

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 … Read more about Flu Season & the Pandemic: Twindemic or a Manageable Crisis?

Why COVID-19 Infections May Resurge

Improved data collection and relaxed social distancing will likely lead to an increase in both the perceived and actual spread of COVID-19 Part I: The Numbers Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, data has been scrutinized for accuracy. Are officials capable of reporting correct numbers? … Read more about Why COVID-19 Infections May Resurge

Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Modeling & General-Use Face Masks

COVID-19 Modeling & Projections One of the only constants of the COVID-19 pandemic is how often data and projections are changing. This is frustrating for our society, as there is a collective overwhelming desire to know when the US will hit its peak of cases, and when life can resume … Read more about Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Modeling & General-Use Face Masks

Coronavirus Update: Spread to the US is “Inevitable”

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 … Read more about Coronavirus Update: Spread to the US is “Inevitable”

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

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 … Read more about Coronavirus Update: WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Coronavirus Update: Fifth Confirmed Case in the US

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 … Read more about Coronavirus Update: Fifth Confirmed Case in the US

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

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 … Read more about Airplane Food: How to Dine In-Flight Without Your Stomach Taking a Nosedive

‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

School is out and summer is in full swing. Days are filled with backyard barbecues, time with friends, and dips in the pool to beat that relentless summer heat. Though swimming in community pools is a regular part of many American’s summer routines, federal public health officials are urging people … Read more about ‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

Latest Measles Data   From January 1, 2019, through May 10, 2019, measles cases are now up to 839 and present in 23 states, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. The outbreaks in the US have been cited as “numerous” and “unrelated” to each other. The … Read more about Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report today that at least 704 people have been sickened by measles since January 1, 2019 – the greatest number of reported cases in 25 years, marking a sad and alarming milestone in the history of the disease. The measles … Read more about Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

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 … Read more about 2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes

In the first article of our three-part series on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, we explored the potential effects that hog waste overflow could have on public health and water contamination. In the second part of our series, we are diving into a new flood-related public health threat – … Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes