Is there a link between wildfires and infectious diseases?

Fueled by new evidence that wildfire smoke can carry living microbes and is associated with a local increase in COVID-19 cases, scientists wonder if smoke might spread infectious diseases and worsen their effects
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Discussion regarding adjustment of specific PAG values is provided in the footnotes and bases portions of the PAG manual but is often not included in jurisdictional plans or routinely considered in exercises. However, when properly applied, the protective action guidance provides the necessary flexibility for decision-makers to account for additional public health risks or impediments, and jurisdictions can use this guidance to build a more effective response strategy. The authors have applied the full guidance and flexibility provided in the 2017 US Environmental Protection Agency PAG Manual to develop more specific guida...
Source: Health Physics - Category: Radiology Tags: FORUM ARTICLE Source Type: research
This article describes the impacts of food insecurity (FI) on child health, outlines clinical and public policy interventions to mitigate FI in children, and defines new paradigms in population health to ameliorate the harmful effects of FI in children. Recent findings Rates of FI among children have dramatically increased with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular adverse impact on low-income children. Population health innovations in screening, referral, and social service integration offer new opportunities to address FI. Summary Despite advances in clinical practice and public policy, FI rem...
Source: Current Opinion in Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Tags: POPULATION HEALTH: Edited by Kara Odom Walker Source Type: research
Purpose of review The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in great and rapid change in our society. Although children are somewhat less likely to get infected or have severe symptoms from COVID-19, they are being adversely affected by this global public health emergency in many direct and indirect ways. This review focuses on the major areas in which children and adolescents are suffering, and how pediatricians can anticipate and optimize child healthcare and support as the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath continues. Recent findings This review provides preliminary insights into the physical, psychological, educati...
Source: Current Opinion in Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Tags: OFFICE PEDIATRICS: Edited by Henry H. Bernstein Source Type: research
On Sunday, Australia ’s federal court upheld the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa.
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With a 1.1 million jab delivery in Rwanda this weekend, the World Health Organization’s multilateral initiative to provide equal access to vaccines for all reached the one billion milestone.
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
TWiV reviews findings that increased fitness of the Omicron variant is due to immune evasion, not an increase in intrinsic transmissibility, and determination of infectious viral load in patients infected with wild type, Delta and Omicron viruses reveals lack of correlation with RNA loads determined by RT-PCR, similar levels of shedding among Delta and Omicron, and greatly reduced shedding in vaccinated people. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! L...
Source: This Week in Virology - MP3 Edition - Category: Virology Authors: Source Type: podcasts
It is 2022, and the COVID-19 pandemic is still unrelenting, with no end in sight. Health care workers have been challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally. Sadly, some may never fully understand the struggles of many medical professionals, especially residents. It is no new news that residents have historically been underpaid and overworked. However, what isRead more …Let ’s talk residency: COVID edition originally appeared
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Education Residency Source Type: blogs
As the fast-spreading variant has blanketed the country, known cases and hospitalizations have surged, and officials warn of tough weeks ahead.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus Omicron Variant Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Murthy, Vivek H Jha, Ashish (1970- ) Source Type: news
France's parliament gave final approval on Sunday to the government's latest measures to tackle the COVID-19 virus, including a vaccine pass contested by anti-vaccine protestors. #protestors
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One reader ’s experience of the effects on family members of the conspiracy theories surrounding vaccinationsI read David Green ’sletter on anti-vaxxers (12 January) and empathised with theletter written in response (13 January). The week before Christmas my dad died of Covid. The intensive care consultant couldn ’t have been clearer that, in her opinion, if he had been vaccinated he would not have developed Covid pneumonia to the severity that he did.He died very frightened and asking his family to come and be with him, and we couldn ’t. The experience traumatised my sister so badly that she was ho...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Health Infectious diseases Medical research Science Society Source Type: news
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