To Take On the Coronavirus, Go Medieval on It
Quarantines and restrictive measures served a purpose in the old days. They can now, too. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Epidemics Travel Warnings Quarantines Medicine and Health Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Middle Ages (Historical Period) Vaccination and Immunization Influenza Markel, Howard Xi Jinping China Wuhan (Chi Source Type: news

3M new flu cases, but fewer positive lab tests, CDC says
There were 3 million new cases of influenza across the country during the week ending February 22. The percentage of lab specimens testing positive for influenza, however, dropped to 26.4 percent, the CDC said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Will Warmer Weather Stop the Spread of the Coronavirus? Don ’t Count on It, Say Experts
As coronavirus continues to spread across the world, a simple solution has been repeated by some leaders: Warm summer temperatures will stop the outbreak in its tracks. U.S. President Donald Trump floated the idea that by April the coronavirus problem would solve itself. He told a crowd at a Feb. 10 rally in New Hampshire: “You know, in theory when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away, that’s true.” In Southeast Asia, officials in Indonesia have offered the warm climate as the reason that no cases have been diagnosed there. “Indonesia’s air is not like the air in China that is su...
Source: TIME: Health - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Gunia Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 onetime overnight Source Type: news

Clinical and Microbiological Characterization of Influenza Associated Aspergillosis in Southern Taiwan
Conference abstracts (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - February 26, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Jackie Salisbury Source Type: news

Cruise Ship Carrying Over 6,000 People Denied Entry to Jamaica and Cayman Islands Amid Coronavirus Fears  
A cruise ship from the Miami-based cruise line MSC Cruises has been denied entry to the Cayman Islands and Jamaica amid fears of the novel coronavirus. The MSC Meraviglia from was blocked from entering the port in Ochos Rios, Jamaica on Tuesday, health officials said. The ship, carrying more than 4,500 passengers and over 1,600 crew members on a 14-day cruise of the Caribbean, was denied entry after health officials found that one crew member, reporting flu-like symptoms, had been placed in isolation. “The crew member had a cough, fever and associated muscle pains with a travel history to a country of interest relati...
Source: TIME: Health - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 health onetime Source Type: news

Cruise Ship Docks in Mexico, Passengers Allowed to Disembark After Being Denied Entry in Jamaica, Cayman Islands Amid Coronavirus Fears
A cruise ship from the Miami-based cruise line MSC Cruises has docked at Cozumel, Mexico after being denied entry to Cayman Islands and Jamaica amid fears of COVID-19. MSC Cruises said in a statement emailed to TIME Thursday morning that MSC Meraviglia is “currently waiting for local health officials to board the ship to conduct customary checks provided for by maritime protocols.” A passenger on board the ship, who asked not to be identified, confirmed to TIME that the vessel had docked in Cozumel and that those onboard are “waiting for authorities to clear the ship.” The ship is allowed to dock a...
Source: TIME: Health - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan and Sanya Mansoor Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 health onetime UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

CDC Releases Interim Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Report
According to a Feb. 21Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, the current influenza vaccine has been 45% effective overall against 2019-2020 seasonal influenza A and B viruses. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Current avian influenza case in Germany: Virus transmission (H5N8) from poultry food consumption is unlikely
(BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) In the Federal State of Brandenburg, a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (often referred to as bird flu) was found in a wild goose, caused by a virus of the H5N8 subtype. According to the current state of scientific knowledge, it is unlikely that the pathogen can be transmitted to humans via food. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 26, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA OKs Quadrivalent, Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine for Older Adults FDA OKs Quadrivalent, Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine for Older Adults
The quadrivalent version of Fluad was safe and effective against influenza strains included in the vaccine in multiple clinical studies with adults aged 65 years or older.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 24, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Pediatric Influenza Deaths in US Second Highest on Record: CDC Pediatric Influenza Deaths in US Second Highest on Record: CDC
Child influenza-related deaths at this point in the season are the second highest since such deaths were made a nationally notifiable condition in 2004.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 24, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Coronavirus Cases Outside China Are Accelerating Rapidly. Here ’s What to Know
A surge in deadly coronavirus cases outside China is raising concerns that the outbreak has reached a new stage and could continue its global spread to even more vulnerable countries. In the central Chinese province of Hubei, where the virus is believed to have originated, the number of cases appears to be stabilizing, according to government figures. But the number of people infected elsewhere in the world is rising quickly, with clusters in South Korea, Italy, Iran and a cruise ship docked in Japan. As of Monday, more than 2,200 cases of the virus, officially called COVID-19, have been reported outside of mainland China,...
Source: TIME: Health - February 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Gunia, Hillary Leung and Mélissa Godin Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 onetime overnight Source Type: news

Researchers analyze influenza epidemiologic supervision and children cases in Catalonia
(University of Barcelona) Two studies led by the UB analyzed several aspects involved in the detection of the influenza: the utility of the definition of the illness considering clinical manifestation and complementarity of supervision systems based on severe ambulatory cases that require hospitalization in Catalonia. Moreover, they also studied the features of the cases that were detected in Catalonia among children and teenagers who are under eighteen years old. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Recent research points the way toward a practical nutraceutical strategy for coping with RNA virus infections including influenza and coronavirus
(Elsevier) In a compelling article in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, published by Elsevier, Mark McCarty of the Catalytic Longevity Foundation, San Diego, CA, USA, and James DiNicolantonio, PharmD, a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO, USA, propose that certain nutraceuticals may help provide relief to people infected with encapsulated RNA viruses such as influenza and coronavirus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

When coronavirus is not alone
(University of Vermont) Interacting contagious diseases like influenza and pneumonia--and perhaps coronavirus too -- follow the same complex spreading patterns as social trends, like the adoption of new slang or technologies. This new finding, published in Nature Physics, could lead to better tracking and intervention when multiple diseases spread through a population at the same time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Abbott launches quadrivalent vaccine for influenza in India
"We are excited with the launch of the quadrivalent version of our flu vaccine, which can be offered to both children above six months and adults. This particular type of vaccine provides good immune response with less side-effects," Abbott India Medical Director Srirupa Das said. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Could there ALREADY EXIST a natural prevention solution for several strains of the flu, one that also fends off deadly 2019 nCoV Coronavirus?
(Natural News) Influenza and coronavirus have one thing in common as they are both much more likely to infect and kill humans who already have weakened immune systems, but there’s something else most US doctors are not telling anyone. Most Americans have severely compromised immune systems due directly to the vaccines and medicines used most... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Visits, postive tests for flu drop in U.S., suggesting season is slowing
The CDC noted that for the week ending February 15, 6.1 percent of all visits to healthcare providers were related to influenza-like illness, down from 6.7 percent the prior week. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Good This Season, CDC Says Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Good This Season, CDC Says
Preliminary estimates show influenza vaccine effectiveness for 2019-2020 was 55% in children and 45% overall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vaccine Effectiveness 45 Percent for Flu Virus Linked to ARI
THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 -- The overall vaccine effectiveness (VE) against any influenza virus associated with medically attended acute respiratory illness (ARI) is 45 percent for the current influenza season, according to research published in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Here ’s How Effective the CDC Says the Flu Vaccine Has Been for Kids This Season
(NEW YORK) — It may end up being a bad flu season for kids, but early signs suggest the vaccine is working OK. The vaccine has been more than 50% effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor’s office, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Health experts consider that pretty good. The vaccines are made each year to protect against three or four different kinds of flu virus. The ingredients are based on predictions of what strains will make people sick the following winter. It doesn’t always work out. This flu season has featured two waves, ea...
Source: TIME: Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized influenza onetime Source Type: news

Interim Estimates of 2019-20 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness - United States, February 2020
CDC preliminary vaccine effectiveness estimates show 2019-20 influenza vaccines providing substantial protective benefit, particularly among children, who have been hard hit by influenza this season. Influenza vaccines are reducing the risk for having to go to the doctor with influenza illness by 45% overall and by 55% in children. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 20, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Children's Health Influenza (Flu) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Vaccines Source Type: news

Influenza vaccination in patients with heart failure: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies
Review (6 cohort studies, n=179,158) found influenza vaccination was associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality (HR=0.83; 95%CI 0.76 to 0.91; I2=75%). However, evidence statements are based on very low grade quality evidence. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Influenza Activity Remains High, Still Rising
Influenza Activity in US Remains High, and Still Rising (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - February 20, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Researchers discover how to deactivate influenza protein that turns off innate immunity
(Natural News) Research on the influenza virus has come a long way. One of the most significant discoveries about the virus is the role of Non-Structural Protein 1 (NS1) in influenza virus A infection and pathogenesis. According to earlier studies, NS1 plays a critical role by antagonizing the host cell’s anti-viral response. But while scientists... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pulmonary surfactant-biomimetic nanoparticles potentiate heterosubtypic influenza immunity
Current influenza vaccines only confer protection against homologous viruses. We synthesized pulmonary surfactant (PS)–biomimetic liposomes encapsulating 2',3'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate–adenosine monophosphate (cGAMP), an agonist of the interferon gene inducer STING (stimulator of interferon genes). The adjuvant (PS-GAMP) vigorously augmented influenza vaccine–induced humoral and CD8+ T cell immune responses in mice by simulating the early phase of viral infection without concomitant excess inflammation. Two days after intranasal immunization with PS-GAMP–adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine, strong cross-p...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Wang, J., Li, P., Yu, Y., Fu, Y., Jiang, H., Lu, M., Sun, Z., Jiang, S., Lu, L., Wu, M. X. Tags: Immunology, Microbiology, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

Influenza Activity in US Remains High, and Still Rising Influenza Activity in US Remains High, and Still Rising
Influenza activity is still high and rose again during the week ending February 8, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

NIH Slated for 7 percent Budget Cut
The President has proposed a $38.7 billion budget for the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year (FY) 2021. This translates to a $3 billion or 7 percent cut in the agency’s funding compared to FY 2020. The NIH budget request includes a $50 million initiative to use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a better understanding of the causes of chronic diseases and to identify early treatments. This plan is in line with the Administration’s “Industries of the Future” effort, which supports using and developing AI across sectors. The budget would provide $50 million for the Childhood Cancer ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 18, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Liberia: Rising Above the Challenges - the Resiliency of the China That I Know
[FrontPageAfrica] From the onset of history, the world has been plaque by diverse kinds of diseases which seized upon the lives of mankind. From the 14th century of the Black Plaque which consumed the lives of more than 200 million people to the Spanish Influenza of 1918 which killed more than 50 million people. While the Asian Influenza of 1957 killed almost 2 million people, the Hong Kong Influenza of 1968 is recorded as taking the lives of more than a million people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus Epidemic Has Implications for Life Expectancy
Credit: China.orgBy James LiangBEIJING, China, Feb 17 2020 (IPS) As efforts to contain the Coronavirus epidemic enter a critical stage, it is important to remember that the costs cannot be measured purely in economic terms, as the measures taken will have implications for life expectancy across the entire nation. Analysis of historical data from various countries gives insight into the relationship between life expectancy and GDP per capita. In the first place, it is clear that countries with higher per capita incomes have longer life expectancies, owing to the ability and willingness of wealthier nations to invest in he...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: James Liang Tags: Asia-Pacific Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Flu Severity In Massachusetts Increased To Very High
BOSTON (CBS) — Flu severity in Massachusetts increased to very high this week, the Department of Public Health announced Friday. The percentage of flu-related doctor visits has continued to increase, and remains higher than it was for this week the previous two years. The department said all regions of the state are reporting high activity. The percentage of flu-related hospitalizations has also continued to increase in recent weeks. This year, more influenza B than influenza A has been reported by healthcare professionals in the state, the department said, though all strains that have been found so far this season a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Flu Health News Massachusetts News New Hampshire News Source Type: news

U.S. health officials to start testing for coronavirus in five states
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it will start testing for the rapidly spreading coronavirus that originated in China through its existing seasonal influenza surveillance system in five states. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Audenz ((Influenza A (H5N1) Monovalent Vaccine, Adjuvanted) Injection) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - February 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New pathogenic mechanism for influenza NS1 protein found
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Researchers report the biological effects of influenza protein NS1 binding to RIG-I -- the binding directly quiets the alarm that activates the cellular innate immunity defense against the infection. This is a newly described way for flu to antagonize the host cellular antiviral response. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

This Cruise Ship Has the Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in the World
The number of patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus aboard a quarantined cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan has continued to rise—making the ship the largest cluster of the deadly virus outside China. An additional 44 cases of the illness were identified on the Diamond Princess on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 218. That accounts for more than one third of all cases detected outside mainland China. With nearly 6% of the 3,711 passengers and crew members now infected, the 952-foot cruise ship also has the highest infection rate of the coronavirus anywhere in the world. Wuhan, China, ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hillary Leung Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Japan onetime overnight Travel Source Type: news

Fake news makes disease outbreaks worse, research shows
(University of East Anglia) The rise of fake news could be making disease outbreaks worse -- according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Researchers focused on influenza, monkeypox and norovirus across two studies -- but they say their findings could also be useful for dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

China Reported a Huge Increase in New COVID-19 Cases. Here ’s Why It’s Actually a Step in the Right Direction
Officials in China’s Hubei province revealed Thursday that new cases of COVID-19 had surged nearly 10-fold from the day before—reversing days of declines that experts said were a positive sign for the containment of the virus. The number of deaths increased dramatically, as well, to 242. The jump in new cases—more than 14,800 in the province at the epicenter of the outbreak—is due to a change in the criteria for counting diagnoses of the virus. Observers say this could be a step in the right direction and lead to a better picture of the situation in the province at the epicenter of the outbreak. Ho...
Source: TIME: Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Gunia and Michael Zennie Tags: Uncategorized China COVID-19 onetime overnight Source Type: news

Audenz ((Influenza A (H5N1) Monovalent Vaccine, Adjuvanted) Injection) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - February 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Huge Shelters for Coronavirus Patients Pose New Risks, Experts Fear
It ’s not clear how patients are screened or treated in China’s makeshift wards, nor even how long they are to remain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Roni Caryn Rabin Tags: your-feed-science Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Epidemics United States Influenza Hygiene and Cleanliness Schaffner, William Wuhan (China) Hospitals Viruses Source Type: news

What ’s in a Name? Why WHO’s Formal Name for the New Coronavirus Disease Matters
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an official name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19 — making sure not to reference Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the virus originated. COVID-19 stands for Corona Virus Disease 19. “Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” said Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.” The WHO referenced guidelines set in 2015 that ensure the name does not refer to a geographical location, ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sanya Mansoor Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 onetime Source Type: news

Were You Born in an H1N1 Flu Year or an H3N2? It Matters
TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020 -- The first type of influenza virus you're exposed to may set your lifetime ability to fight the flu. Researchers with McMaster University and University of Montreal found that being born in an H1N1 year or an H3N2 year... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 11, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Season Still Going Strong, CDC Says Influenza Season Still Going Strong, CDC Says
Influenza activity remains high, but hospitalizations and deaths are not as high at this time compared to earlier in the year, the CDC reports.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Lessons That Go Beyond the Coronavirus Outbreak
There are more useful things to do than worry. For one thing, you could wash your hands. (And did you get your flu shot?) (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aaron E. Carroll Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hygiene and Cleanliness Viruses Influenza Epidemics Medicine and Health Source Type: news

Janssen Announces Submission to U.S. FDA for New DARZALEX ® (Daratumumab)-Based Combination Regimen for Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma
RARITAN, NJ, February 10, 2020 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today the submission of a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval of DARZALEX® (daratumumab) in combination with Kyprolis® (carfilzomib) and dexamethasone (DKd) for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. The sBLA is supported by results from the Phase 3 CANDOR study, which compared treatment with DKd to carfilzomib and dexamethasone (Kd) in patients with multiple myeloma who relapsed after one to three prior lines of therapy. “W...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - February 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Second Wave Of Flu Infections Upon Us, CDC Says
BOSTON (CBS) — While concerns about the coronavirus continue to mount, attention has been taken off of the flu which has infected up to 30 million Americans and killed up to 30,000 so far this season. Most cases to date have been due to an influenza B strain but in the past few weeks, influenza A infections have risen, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is causing a second wave of infections that some say could last until late spring. Experts say it is important to get vaccinated every year and it is never too late. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Cold and Flu Season Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Vaccine Source Type: news

Pandemics, regional outbreaks, and sudden-onset disasters - Gully PR.
Pandemics of influenza, cholera, and plague are part of global history. Regional epidemics and pandemics of infectious diseases, primarily influenza A, continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality while remaining unpredictable in nature. Sudden-on... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Once again, the flu shot proves to be an ineffective joke "medicine" that does nothing but harm people
(Natural News) With novel coronavirus showing no signs of relenting anytime soon, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even more bad news: This season’s influenza vaccines are once again a mismatch, meaning they don’t work. The public health agency claims that this year’s flu jabs are only a 58 percent... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Outbreak Should Bring Out the Best in Humanity
Pandemics are perversely democratic. They’re nasty, lethal and sneaky, but they don’t discriminate. No matter your age, ethnicity, religion, gender, or nation, you’re a part of the pathogenic constituency. That shared vulnerability, and the resulting human collectivism—a universal response to a universal threat—is newly and vividly evident in the face of the now-global outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. As of writing, there have been over 30,000 diagnosed cases and over 630 related deaths. A virus that emerged in a single city, Wuhan, China—indeed, in a single crowded ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Inundated With Flu Patients, U.S. Hospitals Brace for Coronavirus
Resources are already stretched during flu season. With so much medical equipment and drugs made in China, public health experts are anxiously watching the global supply chain. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 8, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas Tags: Shortages Hospitals Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Epidemics Northwell Health Disasters and Emergencies Influenza Massachusetts General Hospital your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

CDC reports 3 million more flu cases, rise of type A strains
The CDC reports more than 22 million Americans have had influenza so far this winter, with 3 million new cases this week. More than 210,000 have been hospitalized and at least 12,000 have died, including 78 children. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news