By Paige Stringer
Hearing loss is a significant global issue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are about 466 million people, or 5% of the world’s population, who have a degree of hearing loss that impacts their daily life and ability to engage with other people. More than 34 million of those affected are children and hearing loss is one of the most common birth anomalies.
Dr. Judith Wasserheit, Chair of the Department of Global Health, and Dr. Charles Holmes, Georgetown University join the Infectious Diseases Society of America's (IDSA) COVID-19 podcast to discuss the critical role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in COVID-19 response efforts, and how its defunding could impact our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to future pandemics.
It’s virtually certain that 2020 will be on the top five list of hottest years on record for the planet, according to atmospheric scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In a briefing, NOAA officials announced their three-month outlook for this summer, with above average temperatures expected across almost all of the United States. The likelihood of excessive heat is highest in the West and Northeast.
People Probably Caught Coronavirus from Minks. A Wake-up Call to Study Infections in Animals (Washington Post, Quotes Peter Rabinowitz)
The minks on Dutch fur farms first got sick in mid-April, showing symptoms ranging from runny noses to severe respiratory distress.
Americans have started returning to more normal lifestyles with the end of coronavirus lockdowns. But what activities are safe?
Reuters asked five epidemiologists and public health experts to rate eleven everyday activities on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being a low-risk activity and 5 being a high risk activity. The scientists agreed that precautions can be taken to make all of these activities safer.
It has been apparent since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that certain people are responsible for spreading more than their share of infections.
UW medical students initiate one of the first of its kind transition to the calculation of estimated glomerular filtration rate that is not adjusted by race.
A serum creatinine test measures the level of creatinine in your blood and provides an estimate of how well your kidneys filter (glomerular filtration rate).
Gov. Jay Inslee must produce a comprehensive plan for increasing COVID-19 testing in Washington.
This is critical now that Inslee is reopening parts of the economy and deploying a contract-tracing brigade, to better inform people exposed to the novel coronavirus.
Opinion: Lessons of Smallpox Eradication and COVID-19 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, written by Bill Foege)
By Bill Foege
In the midst of a global pandemic with COVID-19, we seek lessons from the past and we try to define what leadership instructions might be useful today.