Weekly Health Digest: Coronavirus Spread, After Social Distancing?, Chronic Hives, and More

A summary of important health news from the past week Experts tell White House coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing By: Elizabeth Cohen While there are few studies available regarding COVID-19, “the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing,” says Dr. Dr. Harvey Fineberg, chairman of a…

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Health Beyond the Blog: “When I Wear My Alligator Boots: Narco-Culture in the US-Mexico Borderlands”

By: Yeeun Lee When I Wear My Alligator Boots is an ethnography written by Shaylih Muehlmann, an anthropologist. The book shows how drugs are a major global and public health issue today. Muehlmann highlights the issues that narco-trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border has had on ordinary Mexican civilians living in northern border towns. While the…

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Weekly Health Digest: Decontaminating N95 masks, Healthcare for the Unemployed, Broken Bones, and more

Photo by Cara Shelton on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week Duke researchers are decontaminating N95 masks so doctors can reuse them to treat coronavirus patients By: Scottie Andrew The shortage of N95 respirator masks is driving physicians to wear used respirator masks while treating their patients, putting them at risk for infection.…

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From Leprosy to COVID-19: The Evolution of Quarantines (Part 2)

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three part series. Read the first part here. By: Deanna Altomara During medieval times, disease control techniques were a patchwork of quarantine stations, sanitary barriers, hidden observation posts, laws restricting the movements of foreigners, banishment, and even walling up the houses of plague victims. Some of the…

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From Leprosy to COVID-19: The Evolution of Quarantines (Part 1)

By: Deanna Altomara The current quarantines and travel restrictions taking place across the world represent the largest quarantine in human history. People have dealt with pandemics—the global spread of a specific disease—for centuries.  Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms that spread from one person to another. But the way that disease is spread varies by…

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Weekly Health Digest: Smell & COVID-19, Smell & Parkinson’s, How Soap Works, Social Distancing

Photo by Sean Benesh on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week Doctors say loss of sense of smell might be COVID-19 symptom By: Jacqueline Howard Patients around the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 without showing the usual symptoms but experiencing a loss in sense of smell – known as anosmia– and…

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