The Big Q: Is COVID-19 an Epidemic or Pandemic?

The Big Q: Is COVID-19 an Epidemic or Pandemic?

#COVID19 #epidemic #pandemic #WHO #CDC #deaths Mid-March 2020 predictions said COVID-19 would kill 2.2-M Americans if allowed to run its course. By the end of March, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, downgraded the projected death toll, saying we were probably looking at 100,000 to 240,000 Americans dying. […]

Take Time to “Smell the Roses”

Take Time to “Smell the Roses”

#stress #nature #roses #virus #chaos “Our best bet for warding off stress and anxiety during this fear mongering chaos may be to take time to smell the Roses” — Paul Ebeling Survey results published in Ecological Applications suggest that enjoying nature inside and out could help mitigate some of the negative mental health effects of […]

COVID-19 Testing is Creating a Pseudo-pandemic

COVID-19 Testing is Creating a Pseudo-pandemic

#pandemic #PRC #test #virus #CDC While massive COVID-19 testing is aimed at helping to end the pandemic, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is now questioning whether the testing is actually creating a pseudo-pandemic, especially when it comes to false positives. For example, 1,000 employees were furloughed or quarantined at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in […]

Virus Epidemics Have Limited Lifespans, This 1 is Over

Virus Epidemics Have Limited Lifespans, This 1 is Over

#virus #epidemics #lifespan #CDC #C19coronavirus A fortunate characteristic of virus epidemics is they have limited lifespans.  No one knows why, but guesses include herd immunity and mutations of the virus. The following graph from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics (CDC) shows the time profile of the C-19 weekly death […]

American’s Dying from Drinking and Obesity is Alarming

American’s Dying from Drinking and Obesity is Alarming

American’s Dying from Drinking and Obesity is Alarming Since Y 2009, a growing number of Americans have died from liver disease and liver cancer. The increase among  those 25- to 34 anni is especially troubling because the deaths are due to cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking of alcohol, the authors of a new […]

Opioid Drug Epidemic Takes Toll on America’s Economy

Opioid Drug Epidemic Takes Toll on America’s Economy

Opioid Drug Epidemic Takes Toll on America’s Economy $GS In a note to clients last Wednesday, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists say America’s opioid epidemic is sidelining people in their prime working years and contributing to the low rate of men and women who are either employed or looking for jobs. “Use of both legal […]