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Coronavirus Consequences Seem More Severe for Older People

March 4th, 2020

We found this article in the “Goats and Soda” section of NPR.org (NPR being, of course, National Public Radio): “Coronavirus Has More Severe Consequences For Older Patients.“ The article opens with a summary of US deaths to date (As of March 4, 2020). Specifically: Anyone can catch COVID-19, the disease caused by the newly identified coronavirus. But certain populations appear to be more vulnerable to its effects. Consider the 11 deaths so far in the United States — one in California and the rest in Washington state. The person who died in Placer County, Calif., was described... Read More

“Coronavirus Containment is Possible” Says WHO Director-General

March 4th, 2020

  “We are in unchartered [sic] territory,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva. “We have never before seen a respiratory pathogen that is capable of community transmission but which can also be contained with the right measures.” Contrasting COVID-19 with the flu, Tedros said, “If this was an influenza epidemic, we would have expected to see widespread community transmission across the globe by now, and efforts to slow it down or contain it would not be feasible. “But containment of COVID-19 is feasible and must remain... Read More

Coronavirus in the US Has Sadly Become a Recipe for Xenophobia – As in Anti-Asian Discrimination – According to NPR’s ‘Code Switch’ podcast, (which you can actually listen to here)

March 4th, 2020

Sadly, the global response to the coronavirus COVID-19 has made clear that the fear of contracting disease has an ugly cousin: xenophobia. As the coronavirus has spread from China to other countries, anti-Asian discrimination has followed closely behind, manifesting in plummeting sales at Chinese restaurants, near-deserted Chinatown districts and racist bullying against people perceived to be Chinese. If you’re not familiar with that word, here’s what Wikipedia has to say on the growing issue of racism related to the coronavirus: The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in... Read More

Coronavirus Airplane Safety

March 4th, 2020

We found this New York Times article by Tariro Mzezewa and knew we needed to share it. Here are some tips for cleaning your area of a plane and keeping healthy on a flight, courtesy of Andrew Mehle, associate professor of medical microbiology and immunology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. According to Mehle, the key points are these: Keep your hands clean and stop touching your face Choose A Window Seat Disinfect Hard Surfaces “Wiping down surfaces on a plane won’t hurt, as long as it doesn’t give you a false sense of security,” Andrew Mehle, associate professor of medical... Read More

WebMD Offers Coronavirus Q&A: What You Need to Know

March 4th, 2020

With so many stories flying around online and in your local media, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with the facts, and balance living your daily life with what is becoming “the new normal.” For example, I was at the gym as usual today, but somehow I have now become hyper-vigilant about how clean the equipment is… And I’ve been washing my hands so often my fingers seem to be permanently “prune-y.” So I was delighted to see the article below, at WebMD.com, which covers a variety of critical issues, including: History Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Travel safety How... Read More

Coronavirus Risks: Open Office Layouts Have Many Workers Worried

March 3rd, 2020

A new study by PR company Bospar shows that when it comes to the coronavirus, many Americans are worried that where they work and how they work may be their biggest risks in contracting COVID-19. Especially if they work in an open office environment. An article on the study, written by Chris Matyszczyk, of Technically Incorrect, and originally published on ZDNet.com reports that Bospar surveyed 1,014 Americans about whether they were worried and what specifically worried them. According to Bospar’s study: 62.6% confessed they were worried about COVID-19, while 55.3% feared they’d get... Read More

What Are Coronavirus Symptoms?

March 3rd, 2020

If you’re wondering what the coronavirus symptoms are, or what to do if you experience signs of infection, you’ll want to take a look at this informative article from AARP.org, written by Rachel Nania. In brief, the article reports on COVID-19’s typical symptoms, as told to the author by a doctor who has been overseeing quarantined patients. There’s usually a cough that accompanies it — sometimes shortness of breath. But for people with a mild case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, that’s pretty much the extent of unpleasant symptoms, says Mike... Read More

March 1: Per UK’s DAILY MAIL ONLINE American Coronavirus Cases Rise as Six Are Newly Diagnosed in Texas

February 29th, 2020

If you’re looking for an article full of photos and human interest, we refer you to this March 1, 2020 article from the UK’s Daily Mail Online, found at DAILYMAIL.CO.UK. The in-depth article, which includes a map of current infected areas in the US and dozens of photos, including many of the people returning from the infected Diamond Princess cruise ship, is a composite of information reported by NATALIE RAHHAL ACTING US HEALTH EDITOR, MARY KEKATOS SENIOR HEALTH REPORTER,  EMILY CRANE and EMILY GOODIN, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER IN NEW DELHI FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  Here are key... Read More

Biotech Company Moderna Says Their First Coronavirus Vaccine Ready for Testing, Gilead Sciences Inc. Not Far Behind

February 29th, 2020

According to CNN Business writer Hanna Ziady, on February 24, 2020, The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that biotech company Moderna announces they have a first Coronavirus Vaccine ready for testing. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company thus becomes the first company to enter clinical trials with something that, as the Boston Globe reported, “could prevent the disease that has stoked fears and rattled financial markets worldwide.” According to a February 28, 2020 Boston Globe article reported by Jonathan Saltzman, it took the company just 42 days to develop their... Read More

AARP “CDC Warns That Coronavirus Will Spread in U.S.” Here’s How you should prepare for a potential outbreak and travel plans

February 29th, 2020

Here’s an informative “what you need to know” type of article from AARP.org written by Rachel Nania, which includes an informative video. This article was published Thursday February 27, 2020 just days before the first confirmed US-based COVID-19 death was reported. We’ve highlighted the article’s the initial paragraphs immediately below, and there’s a link on the article to read it en espanol. Vice President Mike Pence convened the first meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump announced Pence would lead the U.S. response... Read More