What if Covid Were 10 Times Deadlier?

Would a deadlier pandemic have yielded different political divides?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #hayes-chris-1979, #ioannidis-john-p-a, #pence-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Vaccination Mandates Are an American Tradition. So Is the Backlash.

The roots of U.S. vaccine mandates predate both the U.S. and vaccines.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #polls-and-public-opinion, #smallpox, #vaccination-and-immunization

Pandemics Get Forgotten. But Not at This Museum.

The collection of the German Hygiene Museum shows that the same debates recur whenever disease breaks out, even if we don’t remember them.

#dresden-germany, #epidemics, #german-hygiene-museum, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #medicine-and-health, #museums

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

C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpox

Infections in vaccinated Americans also may be as transmissible as those in unvaccinated people, the document said, and lead more often to severe illness.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #provincetown-mass, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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

The Vaccines We Have Are Good. But They Could Be So Much Better.

The U.S. needs to be prepared with proactive vaccines that can stop pandemics no matter their origins.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-advanced-research-projects-agency, #epidemics, #pandemics, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Book Review: ‘The Plague Year,’ by Lawrence Wright

In “The Plague Year,” Lawrence Wright tells the story of the pandemic that upended all of our lives — both the failures to combat it, and the science that saved us.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #masks, #the-plague-year-america-in-the-time-of-covid-book, #wright-lawrence

Times Ends Series on Covid Obituaries, ‘Those We’ve Lost’

A Times obituary series that made the pandemic’s toll personal is ending.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #new-york-times

The Disease Detective

Joe DeRisi invented a way to find pathogens that scientists didn’t even know to look for. Can it help prevent the next pandemic?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #research, #university-of-california-san-francisco

What Does a Future Without Herd Immunity Look Like?

Many experts now say that the fixation on herd immunity as the only path back to normalcy is misguided.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #debatable, #epidemics, #vaccination-and-immunization

What Can and Can’t Be Learned From a Doctor in China Who Pioneered Masks

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh helped change the course of a plague epidemic in the early 20th century and promoted the use of masks as a public health tool.

#china, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #epidemics, #malaysia, #masks, #plague, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #wu-lien-teh, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Why So Many People Are Resisting Vaccination

Vaccines helped people overlook their vulnerabilities even as many of them became suspicious of the benefits of those shots.

#baby-boomers, #children-and-childhood, #conspiracy-theories, #epidemics, #infant-mortality, #vaccination-and-immunization

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

Experts Call for Sweeping Reforms to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Swift mask mandates and travel restrictions, an international treaty and the creation of new bureaucracies are among the recommendations presented to the W.H.O.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-healthcare

Michael Lewis Chronicles the Story of Covid’s Cassandras

In his new book, “The Premonition,” Lewis looks at the experts who perceived the shape of the pandemic and what could be done to stop it.

#books-and-literature, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dean-charity-1977, #epidemics, #lewis-michael, #mecher-carter-e, #the-premonition-a-pandemic-story-book, #united-states-politics-and-government

Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe

Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #united-states, #your-feed-science

What the Smallpox Vaccine Can Teach Us About the Covid Vaccine

Vaccination campaigns have always, eventually, succeeded.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smallpox, #vaccination-and-immunization

How the Human Life Span Doubled in 100 Years

Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.

#antibiotics, #cholera, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #fleming-alexander, #food-and-drug-administration, #infant-mortality, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #longevity, #milk, #montagu-mary-wortley, #pasteur-louis, #population, #salk-jonas-e, #smallpox, #statistics, #vaccination-and-immunization

What the History of Pandemics Can Teach Us About Resilience

Widespread disease outbreaks have the potential to shock societies into new ways of living.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #epidemics, #europe, #history-academic-subject, #income-inequality, #south-africa

A Kid-Friendly Graphic Novel History of Vaccines

Don Brown’s “A Shot in the Arm!” — Book 3 in his Big Ideas That Changed the World series — couldn’t be more timely.

#brown-don-graphic-novel-author, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #graphic-novels, #montagu-mary-wortley, #shot-in-the-arm-book, #smallpox, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Pandemic and the Limits of Science

What have we learned from the year that lasted a century?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #influenza, #science-and-technology, #soper-george-a, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Alaska’s Remote Villages Race Against Time and History

The coronavirus has spread into the most remote villages, a reminder of earlier pandemics that ravaged the state. Now there is a rush to deliver vaccines in time.

#alaska, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yukon-kuskokwim-health-corp

Fauci Is Giving His Coronavirus Model to the Smithsonian

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s donation of his 3-D virus model to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History comes as museums are working to document the Covid-19 era.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #medicine-and-health, #museums, #national-museum-of-american-history, #smithsonian-institution

How Plagues Shape the Landscape

From cholera to AIDS, epidemics have given rise to landmarks around the world, be they sculptures, churches or feats of engineering. In this dire moment, their histories resonate.

#cemeteries, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #plague, #travel-and-vacations

Ancient Rome Has an Urgent Warning for Us

The era of the Antonine Plague offers a reminder of what a powerful force nature has been throughout human history.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #plague, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #smallpox

Invasive Insects and Diseases Are Killing Our Forests

America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.

#agriculture-department, #epidemics, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #insects, #international-trade-and-world-market, #invasive-species, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states

From Michael Lewis, a ‘Superhero Story’ About the Pandemic

The author of “The Big Short” and “Moneyball” takes on a frightening subject in his new book “The Premonition”: how to prevent a viral outbreak even worse than Covid-19.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #lewis-michael, #the-fifth-risk-book, #the-premonition-a-pandemic-story-book, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Look at Past Vaccine Drives: Smallpox, Polio and the Swine Flu

As governments begin rolling out the biggest vaccine drives in history, a look at mass vaccination campaigns of the past offers insight into mistakes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #influenza, #smallpox, #swine-influenza, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Crises, Vaccines Can Be Stretched, but Not Easily

Shortages of shots for yellow fever, polio and other diseases have led to innovative solutions even in very poor countries.

#africa, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #great-britain, #immune-system, #india, #israel, #offit-paul-a, #poliomyelitis, #rotary-clubs-international, #shortages, #slaoui-moncef-m, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Covid Response Was a Global Series of Failures, W.H.O. Panel Says

An interim report from the World Health Organization is both a bleak recounting of deadly missteps and an early blueprint for repairs: “We have failed in our collective capacity.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #medicine-and-health, #world-health-organization

Vaccine Skepticism Helped Put Them in Power. Can They Inoculate Italy?

The Five Star Movement’s long history of sowing doubt about vaccines may have made Italy’s mass inoculation program that much harder. The irony is not lost on Italians.

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India Approves Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine and 1 Other

The approvals, which include a shot developed by Bharat Biotech, an Indian pharmaceutical company, begin a vast campaign to inoculate the hard-hit nation’s 1.3 billion people.

#astrazeneca-plc, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #epidemics, #factories-and-manufacturing, #india, #oxford-university, #poonawalla-adar-1981, #rumors-and-misinformation, #the-serum-institute, #vaccination-and-immunization

From a 1550s Pandemic, a Choral Work Still Casts Its Spell

We know remarkably little about John Sheppard and his “Media vita.” But it has become a cult favorite of early music.

#choir-of-new-college-oxford, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #influenza, #media-vita-musical-work, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sheppard-john-1515-58, #stile-antico, #tallis-scholars

Don’t Let the Pandemic Stop Your Shots

Even as older adults await the coronavirus vaccine, many are skipping the standard ones. That’s not wise, health experts say.

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How China Censored Covid-19

Thousands of internal directives and reports reveal how Chinese officials stage-managed what appeared online in the early days of the outbreak.

#censorship, #china-digital-times, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberspace-administration-of-china, #epidemics, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hangzhou-china, #li-wenliang, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #wechat-mobile-app, #weibo-corporation, #xi-jinping

How New York City Vaccinated 6 Million People in Less Than a Month

When a single case of smallpox arrived in Manhattan in 1947, a severe outbreak was possible. A decisive civil servant made a bold decision.

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C.D.C. Officials Shorten Recommended Quarantine Periods

The agency also urged Americans to stay home during the coming holidays, and to get tested if they do travel.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #quarantines, #united-states, #your-feed-science

Bill Gates, the Virus and the Quest to Vaccinate the World

The billionaire is working with the W.H.O., drugmakers and nonprofits to defeat the coronavirus everywhere, including in the world’s poorest nations. Can they do it?

#coalition-for-epidemic-preparedness-innovations, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #epidemics, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gavi-the-vaccine-alliance, #philanthropy, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Don’t Fool Yourself. Trump Is Not an Aberration.

Many of the worst things the president has said and done were said and done by his predecessors.

#epidemics, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #slavery-historical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilson-woodrow

How America Helped Stop the Coronavirus in Asia

*Just not in the United States.

#bats, #bush-george-w, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #united-states-agency-for-international-development

Using the Law to Fight Epidemics, for Better and Worse

In “American Contagions,” John Fabian Witt writes about how jurisprudence has influenced public health, from promoting the social good to compounding existing inequalities.

#american-contagions-epidemics-and-the-law-from-smallpox-to-covid-19-book, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #law-and-legislation, #witt-john-fabian

How Trump and Bolsonaro Broke Latin America’s Covid-19 Defenses

The two presidents drove out 10,000 Cuban doctors and nurses. They defunded the region’s leading health agency. They wrongly pushed hydroxychloroquine as a cure.

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A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists

A manifesto urging reliance on “herd immunity” without lockdowns was warmly received by administration officials. But the strategy cannot stem the pandemic, many experts say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #medicine-and-health, #nabarro-david, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-john-w, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-science

Will a Half-Step by Macron Be Enough to Blunt France’s Second Wave?

The imposition of a curfew in several major cities underscored a difficult choice: further dampening the economy or risking more lives.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations

For 200 Years Courts Upheld Rules to Protect Americans’ Health. Until Now.

A catastrophic sequence of decisions has blocked states from responding to the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epidemics, #federal-courts-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #states-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j

Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

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In Terms of Child Mortality, It’s a Good Time for Public Health

Despite the crises of 2020, parents can realistically expect that children born today will outlive them. That wasn’t always the case.

#antibiotics, #babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #cholera, #epidemics, #infant-mortality, #parenting, #smallpox, #vaccination-and-immunization

Americans Should Learn From Trump’s Infection

Forget the snark. Just wear a mask.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Test Positive for Covid-19

The president’s result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #miller-katie-rose, #pelosi-nancy, #pence-mike, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #twenty-fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government