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Taking a Closer Look at COVID-19, Health Inequities, and Racism

By |2020-07-15T16:07:32+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Chicago public health legend and retired physician Linda Rae Murray, MD, discusses systemic racism and the pandemic’s disproportionate effect among African Americans and other people of color with JAMA Medical News Associate Managing Editor Jennifer Abbasi. Dr Murray is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and [...]

[Bookmark] A Tale of Two Ships: How the Diamond Princess Tackled the COVID-19 Outbreak

By |2020-07-15T16:07:32+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Bookmark is a new JAPAN Forward feature that gives you long reads for the weekend. Each edition introduces one overarching thought that branches off to a wide variety of themes. Our hope is for readers to find new depths and perspectives on the issues we explore here. Two nearly identically equipped and crewed cruise liners with similar passenger [...]

[Bookmark] A Tale of Two Ships: How the Grand Princess Tackled the COVID-19 Outbreak

By |2020-07-15T16:07:31+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Bookmark is a new JAPAN Forward feature that gives you long reads for the weekend. Each edition introduces one overarching thought that branches off to a wide variety of themes. Our hope is for readers to find new depths and perspectives on the issues we explore here. The Grand Princess (GP) sailed from San Francisco for Mexico on February 11, [...]

Coronavirus outbreak and kids

By |2020-07-15T15:16:29+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Advice on playdates, social distancing, and healthy behaviors to help prevent infection Children’s lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic. Between schools being closed and playdates being cancelled, children’s routines are anything but routine. Kids also have questions about coronavirus, and benefit from age-appropriate answers that don’t fuel the flame of anxiety. It [...]

An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier infected an apartment neighbor without sharing the same space. A study blames the building’s elevator buttons.

By |2020-07-15T15:16:27+00:00July 15th, 2020|

An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier traveled from the US to China in March. Even though she didn’t interact with anyone face-to-face, her downstairs neighbor was infected. According to a new study, transmission likely occurred in the elevator, when the neighbor touched the same buttons that the quarantined traveler had. The neighbor was later linked to 70 [...]

CONTROVERSIES IN HOSPITAL INFECTION PREVENTION

By |2020-07-14T15:57:22+00:00July 14th, 2020|

I’m surprised that we can’t stop arguing about the modes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, despite the fact that most experts (including our friends at WHO) agree on the important issues. Our colleague Jorge Salinas very nicely summarized these issues (and their implications) in this post. The latest kerfuffle: media coverage of 239 experts who are upset that [...]

11 ways to curb your drinking

By |2020-07-14T15:04:54+00:00July 14th, 2020|

Are you concerned about your alcohol intake? Maybe you feel that you’re drinking too much or too often. Perhaps it’s a habit you’d like to better control. It’s always wise to check with your doctor — she should be able to help you decide whether it is best for you to cut back or to abstain. [...]

Why men often die earlier than women

By |2020-07-14T15:04:52+00:00July 14th, 2020|

My wife recently asked me, “Why do you assume you’ll die before me?” It’s true, I have made that assumption. So, I answered, as matter-of-factly as I could, with one word: statistics. I knew that, on average, women live longer than men. In fact, 57% of all those ages 65 and older are female. By age 85, [...]

Another experimental covid-19 vaccine has shown promising early results

By |2020-07-12T15:37:30+00:00July 12th, 2020|

The news: An experimental covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech provoked immune responses in 45 healthy volunteers, according to a preprint paper on medRXiv. The levels of antibodies were up to 2.8 times the level of those found in patients who have recovered. The study randomly assigned 45 people to get either one of three [...]

US posts largest single-day jump in new COVID-19 cases

By |2020-07-12T15:37:29+00:00July 12th, 2020|

President Donald Trump held a White House press briefing today in which he said the 4.8 million jobs added in June prove that the economy is “roaring back” from the impact of COVID-19 and that more signs of the recovery will be apparent before the general election on Nov 3. “This is the largest monthly jobs [...]