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‘We are preparing for the worst’: Chicago-area hospitals brace for flu and COVID-19 to collide 4.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
With a new flu season approaching, Chicago-area hospitals are taking steps to get ready for a possible onslaught of both flu and COVID-19 patients.
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Peter ‘Show Me the Money’ Daszak Pulls in Big Bucks, through EcoHealth Alliance, for Risky Virus ‘Research’ 3.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance , is a top scientific collaborator , grantwriter and spokesperson for virus hunters and gain-of-function/dual-use researchers, in labs both military and civilian. Daszak works with dozens of high-containment laboratories around the world that collect pathogens and use genetic engineering and synthetic biology to make them more infectious, contagious, lethal or drug-resistant. These include labs controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense, in countries in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa. Many of these labs are staffed by former biological weapons scientists. (See Arms Watch’s reports .) Before the Biological Weapons Convention was ratified, this research was called what it is: biological weapons research. Now, it’s euphemistically called gain-of-function or dual-use research. Gain-of-function research to alter coronaviruses for the infection of humans goes back to 1999 or earlier , years before the first novel coronavirus ...
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Could the coronavirus make for a lighter flu season? 30.8.2020 LA Times: Health

The social distancing that tamps down the coronavirus could also keep many people from getting the flu.

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COVID-19’s true toll in Illinois is likely higher than reported. A closer look at ‘excess deaths’ in 2020. 28.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The official COVID-19 death toll in Illinois may not account for at least 1,000 fatalities — and potentially far more — that could be attributable to the pandemic, according to a new Tribune analysis of federal data.
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Preschoolers are mask-licking germ bombs — yet few catch the coronavirus, data show 28.8.2020 LA Times: Health

It's hard to predict what may happen when California's primary schools reopen. But when it comes to the state's youngest students, data are more robust — and more reassuring.

Pastors and health care providers partner to offer free COVID-19 tests and other needs for Chicago residents at area churches 27.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
In an effort to provide free COVID-19 testing, flu vaccinations and other needs, multiple churches on the South and West sides offered free health care services this week in a space where community members might feel more comfortable.
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With late summer cases stubbornly high, Illinois faces a ‘perfect storm’ of COVID-19 risk this fall, researcher says 24.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
If Illinois doesn’t bring its steadily rising coronavirus numbers down quickly, it is among the areas of the country facing a “perfect storm” of risk factors for transmitting the disease this fall, according to a Philadelphia medical research center racking COVID-19 nationwide.
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Column: Is a routine trip to the doctor or dentist now a health hazard? 21.8.2020 LA Times: Business

Public-health experts say that, at least for a while, it may make more sense to connect with healthcare professionals via phone or video for routine visits. But don't skip your flu shot.

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The surprising tale of L.A.'s first known COVID-19 patient 21.8.2020 LA Times: Nation

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Los Angeles was a man from Wuhan, China, who was hospitalized in a secret ward in January and remained the sole patient diagnosed with the virus here for five weeks.

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A COVID-19 vaccine still hasn’t emerged — but some are already wary of it 21.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
As scientists across the globe race to create a COVID-19 vaccine that is safe and effective, the American public appears sharply divided when it comes to the prospect of getting vaccinated against the new virus.
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Connecting the Dots: Big Meat, Big Pharma, Big Vaccines and Big Pandemics 21.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is surely the worst in recent memory, but prehistory is full of records of plagues and pandemics. In more modern history, we’ve seen the Asian flu pandemic of 1957, the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968 and the AIDS pandemic of 1981. Then, a decade ago, along came H1N1 , a novel flu virus hosted by pigs. H1N1 was followed in 1997 by H5N1 , a bird flu virus that first surfaced  in Hong Kong. What's different about these more recent pandemics? They're directly linked to the “intensive confinement of animals” in factory farms, according to the Journal of Public Health ...
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Slowing COVID-19 outbreak has California weighing what next reopening will look like 19.8.2020 LA Times: Health

Although Los Angeles County has met the majority of the state's benchmarks to be removed from its watchlist and allow further reopenings, the average number of infections among residents is still too high.

Fears for uncontacted tribe in Brazilian Amazon 18.8.2020 Survival International
Uncontacted Indians spotted from a Brazilian government research plane above the Amazon in the state of Acre near the Peruvian border, May 2008. © G. Miranda/FUNAI/Survival A group of around 10 uncontacted tribal people is reported to have entered an indigenous community in Brazil’s western Amazon region. The encounter happened about 10 days ago and was reported by Cazuza, a leader of Terra Nova, a Kulina indigenous community on the Envira river in Acre state. He told Globo News , “It’s the first time they’ve appeared here…There were women, children and adult men.” They helped themselves to axes, cassava, bananas, hammocks and clothes before returning to the forest. This news is alarming as uncontacted tribes are extremely vulnerable to flu and other diseases against which they have no immunity. Many have been virtually wiped out from diseases caught during first contacts with outsiders. There are fears their sudden appearance could be a sign that they are being pushed out of their territory by ...
Fearing a “twindemic,” health experts push urgently for flu shots 17.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
As public health officials look to fall and winter, the specter of a new surge of COVID-19 gives them chills. But there is a scenario they dread even more: a severe flu season, resulting in a “twindemic.”
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Industrial Hog Farms Are Breeding the Next Pandemic 11.8.2020 Mother Jones
In March of 2009, people in the rural Mexican village of La Gloria started coming down with a nasty respiratory infection. The town, located in the state of Veracruz, sat 5 miles from an industrial-scale hog farm. Within a few weeks, clusters of this rapidly progressing pneumonia arose among Mexico City residents. Researchers soon identified the […]
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Nobody Accurately Tracks Health Care Workers Lost to COVID-19. So She Stays Up At Night Cataloging the Dead. 6.8.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. When police discovered the woman, she’d been dead at home for at least 12 hours, alone except for her 4-year-old daughter. The early reports […]
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Colorado kindergarten vaccinations were up pre-pandemic, but officials worry for coming year 1.8.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
About 91% of kindergarten students in Colorado got the vaccine protecting against measles, mumps and rubella last school year, up from about 87% the year before, said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, during a call with reporters Friday.
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You may be seeing small clusters of the flu or other ailments for the same reason COVID-19 is continuing to spread: ‘Strict social distancing isn’t in place’ 31.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Coronavirus and influenza share similar symptoms and methods of transmission.
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With coronavirus surging, California workplaces come under greater scrutiny 24.7.2020 LA Times: Health

Community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in many areas, but officials have been particularly concerned about workers getting sick at their places of business and then infecting others at home.

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Bingeing on doom: Expert on world's 14th century pandemic attracts a cult following 21.7.2020 LA Times: Health

After watching a 2016 series on the 14th-century plague, viewers have flooded Purdue medievalist Dorsey Armstrong with questions about that pandemic and the current one.

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