Hospitals and clinics would be forced to turn away millions of patients. Critical medications and care would not reach people in time. Millions of people in every state would be felled by the virus, and hundreds of thousands—including newborn babies, toddlers and older adults—would die in the weeks and months following the initial outbreak. The
“The last government shutdown — which lasted for 16 days in October 2013 — sheds light on just how far flung are the consequences of congressional inaction, especially for health companies and public health workers. STAT talked to former officials at the FDA, CDC, and NIH about how that shutdown affected the work they could
“In a press briefing on Friday, Dr. Dan Jernigan — director of the influenza division in the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases — confirmed that the outbreak can legitimately be called an epidemic. “We have very specific criteria where we can say the epidemic is beginning and ending based on when flu
“The emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital has been so packed with patients suffering from miserable flu symptoms the past few weeks, with incoming ambulances lined up outside and hospital rooms jammed, the staff has gone to its “Code Green” nearly every day. “It’s all hands on deck,” said Dr. David Feldman, chairman of Good
“This winter’s flu season is turning into a “moderately severe” one that might get worse because of an imperfect vaccine and steady cold weather, flu experts and public health officials said this week… About 80 percent of cases are of the H3N2 strain, which caused many hospitalizations and deaths this year in Australia, where winter
“People in public health hate H3N2 flu seasons, like the one gripping most of North America right now. So do folks who work in hospitals and in the care facilities that look after the elderly. To put it flatly, H3N2 is the problem child of seasonal flu. It causes more deaths than the other influenza
“In an episode of Gross by Men’s Health, the magazine’s editor in chief Matt Bean uses a handheld device to measure the germ-count on some of New York City’s dirtiest surfaces. Test results show that the most bacteria lives on Citi Bike handlebars, which prove to be 45 times more germy than subway train hold-bars.