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Wash your damn hands

Wash your damn hands

It’s one of the best ways to prevent Covid-19 — and you’re probably doing it wrong. Germany’s Ministry of Health launched a campaign on February 6 to teach children and adults how to wash their hands correctly and thoroughly in order to prevent transmission of Covid-19 and other diseases. Peter Gercke/picture alliance via Getty Images With Covid-19 cases in nearly 50 countries, and the World Health Organization’s risk assessment now at the highest level, there’s never been a better time to brush up on one of the easiest ways to avoid the spread of infectious disease: proper, consistent...

March 4, 2020
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The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas

The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas

Over three years, nearly 400 pregnant or new mothers died in Texas. Its system for helping the uninsured thwarts women at every turn, frustrates doctors and midwives, and incentivizes substandard care. Tiffany Revilla holds her newborn daughter, Cheyenne, as her fiance, David, cares for their 1-year-old, Adillie, in Fort Worth, Texas. Because of insurance-related delays, Revilla didn’t begin prenatal care until more than halfway through her most recent pregnancy. (Callaghan O'Hare, special to ProPublica) ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to...

December 20, 2019
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Social distancing is a luxury many can’t afford. Vermont actually did something about it. 

Social distancing is a luxury many can’t afford. Vermont actually did something about it. 

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Covid-19 policies haven’t helped the people most affected by the virus — except in Vermont.In the middle of March, while many Americans were panic-buying milk and toilet paper, had other...

Nov 19
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Social distancing is a luxury many can’t afford. Vermont actually did something about it.

Social distancing is a luxury many can’t afford. Vermont actually did something about it.

In the middle of March, while many Americans were panic-buying milk and toilet paper, had other things on his mind: how to safely house the dozens of people who rely on his organization for a bed to sleep in every night.The executive director of the social service agency in White River Junction, Vermont, had read the reports that the new coronavirus could easily circulate among people living in close proximity — retirement homes, prisons, or homeless shelters like his.So he contacted the state to ask for advice. “‘Don’t worry,’” he recalls an official telling him. ‘“We’ve entered into...

Nov 19
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Trump abandoned the WHO. Biden will rejoin the agency on day one in office.

Trump abandoned the WHO. Biden will rejoin the agency on day one in office.

The president-elect’s transition team confirmed Biden will quickly reverse Trump’s decision.transition team has confirmed the president-elect will reverse a on his first day in office, winning praise from experts who welcome the end of Trump’s isolationist approach.In July, amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic, President Trump formally notified the United Nations of America’s intention to , accusing the WHO of being “.”While the global health body’s role in the , Georgetown Law global health professor called the decision to withdraw during a pandemic “the most ruinous in modern presidential...

Nov 9
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Polls show Trump is losing ground where the coronavirus is surging

Polls show Trump is losing ground where the coronavirus is surging

Will the latest Covid-19 wave seal Trump’s fate in the election?The is hitting the US just in time for the presidential election, with surges in key Midwestern swing states. Numerous polls suggest voters may be taking their pandemic pain and panic with them to the ballot boxes in these places: President Donald Trump isn’t just down in national polls — he’s faring especially poorly in battlegrounds where infection rates are spiking.Over the last two weeks, the coronavirus case count in Wisconsin — where — has , to an average of 4,200 new infections per day. And that’s just among the people...

Oct 29
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Why Vienna opera singers are ready to risk their lives to perform in a pandemic

Why Vienna opera singers are ready to risk their lives to perform in a pandemic

VIENNA — As baritone waited for the curtain to rise at Vienna’s Akzent Theater for the world premiere of the opera , he felt privileged and “very emotional” about returning to the stage.“It was like coming back into a family you have not seen for a very long time,” he said.It was mid-September and Sander hadn’t performed in an opera for six months. in Northern Italy, had been canceled, as the pandemic ushered in a season of silence at the world’s opera houses. Back then, Sander hopped on a train to Vienna only 24 hours before the borders closed, and promptly learned that all his...

Sep 30
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California decided it was tired of women bleeding to death in childbirth - Vox

California decided it was tired of women bleeding to death in childbirth - Vox

Sharewoke up on July 16, 2014, in the intensive care unit at Stanford University to the news that the placenta connecting her to the child she'd just given birth to had spread like a cancer through her abdomen.Six weeks earlier, Terlizzi, then 32, had been diagnosed with placenta accreta, a condition that can cause the placenta to grow out of control. In a normal pregnancy, the placenta develops inside the uterus, attaches to the uterine wall, and then is flushed out of the body after the birth.In accreta, which doctors believe is most often caused by scarring from prior cesarean sections,...

June 29, 2017
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We finally have an Ebola vaccine. And we’re using it in an outbreak.

We finally have an Ebola vaccine. And we’re using it in an outbreak.

ByShareMore than 680 doses of an have been given out in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an of the deadly virus is ongoing.Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV is the , and the 7,500 doses that have been sent to the DRC are expected to be an extremely useful tool in the , which so far involves .“This is the first time it’ll be used in a new outbreak,” said John-Arne Røttingen, chief executive of the Research Council of Norway, who worked on the Ebola vaccine trials. “[Health officials] will vaccinate early on and hopefully before the epidemic takes off.”The news marks a rare public health success...

June 1, 2018
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China hid the severity of its coronavirus outbreak and muzzled whistleblowers — because it can

China hid the severity of its coronavirus outbreak and muzzled whistleblowers — because it can

Nearly six weeks after China announced the , there’s still a surprising amount we don’t know about this newly discovered disease. But one thing is becoming clear: China’s silence in the earliest days of the crisis may .the world about the severity of a deadly disease spreading within the country’s borders — even trying to muzzle whistleblowers, like the late . Now hailed as a , Li was forced on January 3 by police to sign a letter saying he spread “untrue speech” for warning colleagues about the virus that eventually took his life.With more than people infected and 910 deaths, China’s...

February 11, 2020
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