COLD & FLU

Flu Vaccine “Disappointing”

"he vaccine did an awful job against the Type A H1N1 strain that caused the second wave of illnesses. Protection was so low in kids ages 6 months to 17 years that — statistically speaking — it couldn't be counted as working at all." NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine did a disappointing job last winter in the U.S., and officials worry that might be a bad sign for the fall. Flu vaccines had been...

No, COVID-19 Is NOT ‘Just Like The Flu’

“It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube.” A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients March 21, 2020 ProPublica – As of Friday, Louisiana was reporting 479 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of the...

Rising Flu Epidemic Risk Due To Global Warming: Yale

“apid weather variability in autumn will continue to strengthen in some regions of northern mid-latitudes in a warming climate, implying that the risk of influenza epidemic may increase 20 percent to 50 percent in some highly populated regions in later 21st century.” " combination of global trends, including insecurity and extreme weather, has heightened the risk ... the spectre of a global health emergency looms large." –  Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, World Health Organization, 2019  Ivy League...

Coronavirus Is Costing Us Billions

Wall Street Journal – Oil prices slid into bear-market territory on Monday, highlighting investors’ growing concern that China’s deadly coronavirus will hurt the global economy by reducing demand for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel in an already well-supplied market. The declines capped an eventful day in markets. President Xi Jinping of China delivered a speech Monday describing the outbreak as a major test of the country’s system of governance and vowing consequences for officials who...

Coronavirus: ‘We Are Basically At A Pandemic Now’

Wuhan coronavirus looks increasingly like a pandemic, experts say |  Feb. 3, 2020 The New York Times – Rapidly rising caseloads alarm researchers, who fear the virus may make its way across the globe. But scientists cannot yet predict how many deaths may result. Medical workers transporting a coronavirus patient into an isolation ward in Fuyang, China, on Saturday. Experts fear a coronavirus pandemic, but its severity is uncertain. The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely...

Would You Get The ‘Flu Shot’ If They Changed It To A Pill?

by Julie Scagell, Jan 25, 2020 | In a new study published in the journal The Lancet, a pill being manufactured by biotech company Vaxart Inc. is being considered as effective as a flu shot at preventing the H1 influenza infection. “New vaccines that protect by alternative mechanisms are needed to improve efficacy of influenza vaccines,” the study said in part. The pill utilizes a non-spreading adenovirus to carry the flu protein. The study found that just...

US Virus Deaths: Flu 8,200, Coronavirus 0

140,000 Americans have been hospitalized with the flu, and that number is expected to climb. CNN – The novel coronavirus that's sickening thousands globally -- and at least five people in the US -- is inspiring countries to close their borders and Americans to buy up surgical masks quicker than major retailers can restock them. There's another virus that has infected 15 million Americans across the country and killed more than 8,200 people this season alone....

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