Smoke from wildfires can worsen COVID-19 risk, putting firefighters in even more danger

 Luke Montrose is assistant professor of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University. Two forces of nature are colliding in the western United States, and wildland firefighters are caught in the middle. Emerging research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe on the front lines of wildfires is putting them at greater risk More...

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By zshapshap On Saturday, September 19th, 2020
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Residents are angry after Maine wedding linked to 7 virus deaths: “We can’t go nowhere”

A wedding in rural Maine became a coronavirus “superspreader” event that left seven people dead and 177 infected. Now, for the community and wider region, which had relaxed social-distancing rules More...

By zshapshap On Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Pandemic leaves domestic workers facing tough choices, often without a safety net

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Alicia Cleveland worked as a nanny for three families in the Atlanta area. But as the outbreak spread this spring, she had to give up the work to look after her three children, More...

By zshapshap On Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Wary of the system, Black families opt for remote learning over in-person classes

For Clarice Doctor, a single mom in New Jersey, asking her daughter to start her senior year through distance learning rather than her high school’s in-person option was one of the hardest moments she’s More...

By zshapshap On Friday, September 18th, 2020
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CDC director says COVID vaccine won’t be widely available until mid-2021

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told lawmakers on Wednesday that he doesn’t expect a potential COVID-19 vaccine to be available for most Americans until the middle of next More...

By zshapshap On Thursday, September 17th, 2020
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WHO warns of “alarming” virus spread in Europe after 54,000 cases recorded in 24 hours

The World Health Organization on Thursday warned of “alarming rates of transmission” of COVID-19 across Europe and cautioned against shortening quarantine periods as countries in the region scrambled More...

By zshapshap On Thursday, September 17th, 2020
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Officiant of Maine wedding linked to 7 virus deaths says he’s been “reviled”

A rural church wedding and reception on a beautiful day in the shadow of Mount Katahdin was no doubt a happy day. But it has spread misery ever since. That single event on Aug. 7 is linked to coronavirus outbreaks More...

By zshapshap On Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
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“Most” players on LSU football team have had COVID-19, coach says

Most of LSU’s football players have contracted and recovered from COVID-19, coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday, leaving the coaching staff hopeful those players will remain eligible to play the bulk of the More...

By zshapshap On Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
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Maine wedding reception now linked to deaths of 7 people who didn’t attend

At least seven people have died in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public More...

By zshapshap On Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
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Israelis angered by nationwide coronavirus lockdown: “They are punishing us”

Israelis reacted with anger and dismay Monday at an imminent nationwide lockdown aimed at curbing one of the world’s highest novel coronavirus infection rates.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday More...