Monkeypox Could Exploit a Big Weakness in Sexual Health Care

Without a strong national strategy and budget focused on sexual health, monkeypox could become another entrenched sexually transmitted infection.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #contact-tracing-public-health, #disease-rates, #monkeypox, #tests-medical, #united-states

Two Years Later, New York City’s Lessons from the Pandemic

The city was slow to react, and the vaccine rollout was flawed. Poor neighborhoods still need help. But shutdowns and mandates saved lives.

#barbot-oxiris, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chokshi-dave-a, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #greater-new-york-hospital-assn, #health-department-nys, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #northwell-health, #nursing-homes, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical

Omicron Reveals Hong Kong’s Covid Dilemma

An Omicron surge has exposed the weaknesses of a system that was once a world leader in containing the coronavirus.

#china, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #hong-kong

‘Live With the Virus’? For Australians, It’s Taken Some Getting Used To.

Australia once stamped out every Covid outbreak. Now it’s done with all that. The policy U-turn, and the soaring case numbers, caught many off guard.

#australia, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #morrison-scott-1968, #supply-chain, #vaccination-and-immunization

What Japan Got Right About How Covid-19 Spreads

The country embraced the science of the coronavirus early. 

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #japan

Omicron Deepens Uncertainty Surrounding Beijing Olympics

With the opening of the Winter Games three weeks away, officials in China are on high alert amid coronavirus outbreaks around the country.

#athletics-and-sports, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #olympic-games-2022, #quarantines, #travel-warnings

New York City sees ‘a glimmer of hope’ as virus cases level off, but they are still rising upstate.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said new coronavirus cases in New York City were beginning to plateau. The state will stop requiring counties to trace contacts, freeing public health resources for other needs.

#bassett-mary-travis, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #hochul-kathleen-c

Omicron Case With a New York Tie Shows How Virus Outpaces Response

A health care analyst came to Manhattan for an anime convention. His trip shows how the virus once again outpaced the public health response.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #el-sadr-wafaa, #javits-jacob-k-convention-center-manhattan-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #mcginn-peter-jr, #minnesota

With Masks On or Off, Schools Try to Find the New Normal

Despite some turmoil, the vast majority of students have been in classrooms full-time and mostly uninterrupted this fall. Now, educators debate what’s next.

#boston-mass, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #georgia, #masks, #quarantines, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wyoming

‘I Need an Army’: Across America, Schools Cram for Their Covid Tests

Some districts have established robust virus testing programs, but many others are struggling.

#chicago-ill, #children-and-childhood, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #fresno-calif, #san-antonio-tex, #tests-medical, #your-feed-education, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

How Across America, Schools Cram for Their Covid-19 Tests

Some districts have established robust virus testing programs, but many others are struggling.

#chicago-ill, #children-and-childhood, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #fresno-calif, #san-antonio-tex, #tests-medical, #your-feed-education, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

The U.S. Is Lifting Its Travel Ban. Who Is Allowed to Visit?

The Biden administration will allow vaccinated international travelers to enter the United States, including those from previously banned countries. Details remain to be worked out, but here is what we know so far.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Curtains Up! How Broadway Is Coming Back From Its Longest Shutdown.

Determined to reopen, crews are dusting off spotlights, dancers are relearning steps, and everyone is testing, testing, testing as theater seeks to rebound from the devastating pandemic.

#aladdin-play, #albee-edward, #australia, #bareilles-sara, #black-lives-matter-movement, #carney-reeve, #chicago-play, #contact-tracing-public-health, #cordero-nick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #costumes, #culture-arts, #de-blasio-bill, #dear-evan-hansen-play, #diller-barry, #england, #exercise, #fans-persons, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #girl-from-the-north-country-play, #hadestown-play, #hall-mark, #hamilton-play, #harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-play, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #jagged-little-pill-play, #lackawanna-blues-play, #mason-luba, #mcdonagh-martin, #mcnally-terrence, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #moulin-rouge-the-musical-play, #mrs-doubtfire-play, #music, #new-york-city, #pass-over-play, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #roth-jordan, #rudin-scott, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-lion-king-play, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #vaccination-and-immunization, #van-hove-ivo, #waitress-play, #whos-afraid-of-virginia-woolf-play, #wicked-play, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Covid Spreads in Clusters. We Need to Track Them.

The public health response to a Covid outbreak in Provincetown shows a better way to monitor the disease.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #medicine-and-health

Show Me the Data!

A lack of systematic evidence has kept scientists one step behind in the pandemic.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dexamethasone-drug, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #israel, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

Crowded Events. No Masks. Then a Covid Diagnosis for Gov. Abbott of Texas

The announcement that Gov. Greg Abbott had tested positive for the coronavirus came amid a pitched battle over public health measures in schools and a new surge in hospitalizations.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #antibodies, #collin-county-tex, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #masks, #politics-and-government, #texas

Provincetown’s Covid Outbreak Shows ‘It’s Nowhere Near Over’

Provincetown, Mass., the quirky community at the tip of Cape Cod, thought it was safe to return to prepandemic partying. It wasn’t.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #independence-day-us-july-4, #provincetown-mass, #vaccination-and-immunization

As Delta Risk Looms, New York City Scales Back Covid Monitoring

The positive test rate in the city has crept up near 1 percent in recent days.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

Birthday Parties as Virus Vector

Just how much Covid was spreading behind closed doors last year? Quite a lot, as a new study with a simple yet creative approach found out.

#birthdays, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parties-social, #research

Covid Proved the C.D.C. Is Broken. Can It Be Fixed?

The pandemic revealed the glaring weaknesses of the world’s premier public health agency — and just how much work it would take to reform it.

#atlanta-ga, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #electronic-health-records, #epidemics, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #frieden-thomas-r, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #quarantines, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

Why Apple and Google’s Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.

#apple-inc, #bluetooth-wireless-technology, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #viruses

The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Colorado Mesa University and the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard have spent the last year exploring new approaches to managing outbreaks.

#cambridge-mass, #colleges-and-universities, #colorado, #computers-and-the-internet, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dormitories, #epidemics, #mesa-county-colo, #mobile-applications, #quarantines, #sabeti-pardis-c, #tests-medical, #water-pollution, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

India Covid-19 Crisis Deepened by Missteps and Complacency

The new wave will hurt global efforts and vaccine supplies, experts say. Researchers are scrambling to assess whether new coronavirus variants are playing a role in India.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #india, #infections, #maharashtra-india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

Hong Kong’s Virus Rules Keep Cases Low but Stoke Complaints

The territory has avoided full lockdown largely by moving aggressively to stamp out infections, but the latest outbreak has renewed claims of harsh treatment in the way quarantines are enforced.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

How the Seattle Seahawks Stayed Covid-Free

The only team to play the entire season without any confirmed positive cases did so with innovative thinking, vigilance to protocols and some Pete Carroll-style competition.

#carroll-pete, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #football, #kinexon-gmbh, #kirkland-wash, #national-football-league, #seattle-seahawks

One Coronavirus Case, Total Lockdown: Australia’s Lessons for the World

The country’s short, sharp responses have repeatedly subdued the virus and allowed a return to near normalcy. Now its model is being applied to Perth, its fourth-largest city.

#australia, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #perth-australia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines

A California College Tries to Shield an Entire City From Coronavirus

The University of California, Davis, is providing free testing, masks and quarantine housing to tens of thousands of people who live nearby.

#colleges-and-universities, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-calif, #university-of-california-davis

Car Rides. Meals. On-Court Play? Tracing the Virus in the N.B.A.

A surge in coronavirus cases and game postponements has led to tighter rules about player interactions, on and off the court. But it’s not always clear where the outbreaks began.

#basketball, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #difiori-john, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #weiss-david

Biden’s Covid-19 Plan Is Maddeningly Obvious

You can’t help but wonder why the Trump administration left so many of these things undone.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #pfizer-inc, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #zients-jeffrey-d

Joe Biden Actually Has a Covid Plan

America desperately needs a leader who takes the pandemic seriously.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

As Coronavirus Mutates, the World Stumbles Again to Respond

A South African tip led to the discovery of mutations around the world. With infections skyrocketing, “it’s a race against time.”

#brazil, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durban-south-africa, #great-britain, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

Cuomo Tries to Jolt Public by Warning of Overwhelmed Hospitals

The governor makes a sharp strategic shift to persuade New Yorkers to take the coronavirus seriously as infections surge across the state.

#buffalo-ny, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #disease-rates, #new-york-city, #new-york-state

Coronavirus Cases Surge in South Korea, but Covid Vaccine Is Months Away

Health officials warned that the number of daily cases in the country could rise to record highs in coming days, and that the latest wave of infections was the most elusive.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #south-korea, #vaccination-and-immunization

Coronavirus Apps Show Promise but Prove a Tough Sell

Technology to alert people exposed to the virus could slow transmission, pilot studies show, but only if people and states sign up. So far, most haven’t.

#apple-inc, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #united-states

I Traced My Covid-19 Bubble and It’s Enormous

And if you have kids, yours probably is, too.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #thanksgiving-day

A Lie and a Pizza Shop: Why Australian Officials Reversed a Lockdown

South Australia imposed tight statewide restrictions based on what a man had said about his relationship to a restaurant. And then the authorities learned the truth.

#adelaide-australia, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pizza, #quarantines

This Is How the Outbreak Is Resurging Across New York City

The positive test rates have gone up in the city in the last month, leading to what many experts say is a second wave.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #corona-queens-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #elmhurst-queens-ny, #health-department-nys, #new-york-city, #new-york-state

Your Bubble Is Bigger Than You Think It Is

Should you travel to see family for the holidays? First investigate your potential lethality to the older people in your life.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life

The Hot New Covid Tech Is Wearable and Constantly Tracks You

Sports leagues, large employers and colleges are turning to devices that could usher in more invasive forms of surveillance.

#athletics-and-sports, #bluetooth-wireless-technology, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #national-football-league, #privacy, #sensors, #wearable-computing, #workplace-environment

A Motorcycle Rally in a Pandemic? ‘We Kind of Knew What Was Going to Happen.’

Infectious-disease experts warned about the risk of cramming revelers into the Black Hills of South Dakota. But it was the annual Sturgis rally, and bikers were coming no matter what.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #festivals, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #noem-kristi, #south-dakota, #sturgis-sd, #trump-donald-j

Virus Rate Fell to 2% From 34% in One Area. But Did Anything Change?

Concerns have arisen that communities may be manipulating coronavirus positivity rates by discouraging sick people from being tested.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #health-department-nys, #jews-and-judaism, #kiryas-joel-ny, #orange-county-ny, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical

Tests Show Genetic Signature of Coronavirus That Likely Infected Trump

The White House did not take basic steps to investigate its outbreak. We worked with geneticists to sequence the virus that infected two journalists exposed during the outbreak, providing clues to how it may have spread.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #genetics-and-heredity, #research, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #viruses, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Stanford Study Seeks to Quantify Infections Stemming From Trump Rallies

The researchers used a statistical model to extrapolate infections tied to 18 rallies, and the study’s figures were not based on individual cases traced directly to particular campaign events.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cain-herman, #contact-tracing-public-health, #duluth-minn, #phoenix-ariz, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stanford-university, #trump-donald-j, #tulsa-okla

How Are Americans Catching the Virus? Increasingly, ‘They Have No Idea’

New outbreaks used to be traced back to crowded factories and rowdy bars. But now, the virus is so widespread not even health officials are able to keep up.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #colleges-and-universities, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nursing-homes, #sioux-falls-sd

Worried About Covid-19 in the Winter? Alaska Provides a Cautionary Tale

The state is seeing record case numbers, adding to evidence that the virus is poised to thrive as the weather grows colder.

#alaska, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #winter-season

As the Coronavirus Surges, a New Culprit Emerges: Pandemic Fatigue

Exhaustion and impatience are creating new risks as cases soar in parts of the world. “They have had enough,” one U.S. mayor said of her residents.

#anxiety-and-stress, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #united-states, #world-health-organization

Chainsmokers Promoter and Sweet 16 Venue Fined Over Virus Violations

The Sweet 16 party, at a Long Island catering hall, led to a flare-up that sickened dozens and forced 270 into quarantine, officials said.

#bellone-steven, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #hamptons-ny, #miller-place-ny, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #suffolk-county-ny

White House Is Not Contact Tracing ‘Super-Spreader’ Trump Rose Garden Event

Since President Trump’s Covid diagnosis, numerous associates have tested positive, but the White House has not aggressively investigated the outbreak.

#barrett-amy-coney, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #medicine-and-health, #new-jersey, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tests-medical, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-science

As Trump Seeks to Project Strength, Doctors Disclose Alarming Episodes

The president made a surprise outing from his hospital bed in an effort to show his improvement, but the murky and shifting narrative of his illness was rewritten again with grim new details.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dexamethasone-drug, #masks, #presidential-election-of-2020, #remdesivir-drug, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Contract Tracing, Key to Reining in the Virus, Falls Flat in the West

Tracing is seen as a vital tool to avoid lockdowns and open economies, but that requires a robust system, widespread rapid testing and public trust. All are lacking in the West.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #england, #germany, #great-britain, #tests-medical