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Stop Comparing the New Coronavirus to the Flu

On Monday, US President Donald Trump once again tried to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak that’s now hit over 100 countries. He tweeted that the seasonal flu has killed over 37,000 Americans this winter – far more than the 22 deaths from COVID-19 that had been reported in the U.S. at the time of his tweet. Given that, he argued, life (and the economy) should carry on as usual. Read More >>

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Chinese Media Declares Hospital Director Dead From COVID-19, Then Alive, Then Dead Again

Liu Zhiming, the 51-year-old director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, China, died at 10:54 AM local time Tuesday morning after being infected with coronavirus, according to the Wuhan Health Commission. Multiple Chinese state media outlets like the People’s Daily and Global Times reported Liu’s death yesterday but created confusion after deleting those reports Monday night. One health official in Wuhan insisted on social media that Liu was actually still alive. Read More >>

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A 4-Year-Old Girl’s Sudden Blindness is a Tragic Reminder of Why Everyone Should Get the Flu Jab

A 4-year-old girl’s tragic bout with the flu should remind everyone why getting vaccinated is so important. Her family says that the unvaccinated girl’s infection led to serious neurological complications that have left her blind, perhaps permanently. Read More >>

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Get a Flu Vaccine

With just a few weeks left until the end of the decade, there’s still time to get the best gift possible for your health and the health of everyone around you: a flu vaccine. Read More >>

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You Know About Flu Season, but Did You Know About Gonorrhoea Season?

Like clockwork, the influenza virus rears its ugly head every winter and makes our lives miserable. But the flu isn’t the only germ that likes a particular time of year, according to a new paper published this week in PLOS Pathogens. Seemingly every infectious disease, including polio, gonorrhoea, and even HIV, is seasonal, though not always for the same reasons. Read More >>

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We Now Have a New Drug to Treat the Flu

The flu vaccine remains the best proactive way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the influenza virus. But this upcoming flu season, there’ll be a new weapon available against the nasty disease. On Thursday, the US Food and Drug Administration announced their approval of a new antiviral treatment for the flu, said to be the first drug of its kind. Read More >>

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People Still Weird About the Flu Vaccine, Especially in America

While the flu is no picnic for anyone, it can be especially risky and sometimes deadly for young children. But a new survey suggests many people still avoid the flu vaccine because of misconceptions about how it works, including that the vaccine actually can give you the flu. Read More >>

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Why the Flu Kills Young, Otherwise Healthy People

As one of the worst flu seasons in years continues to sicken people across the country, one of its most striking aspects are the untimely deaths it’s caused: A 33-year-old teacher; an 18-year-old in Scotland; a 9-year-old boy. Infants, the elderly, and immunocompromised people are always at higher risk of dying from the flu, but how exactly does the flu kill an otherwise healthy person? Read More >>

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It’s Much Easier to Catch the Flu Than we Realised, New Research Finds

Aside from getting vaccinated (which everyone should), an important strategy to evading the flu is regularly washing your hands and avoiding contact with the sneezes, coughs, and snot of sick people. Read More >>

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Just Get The Damn Flu Shot

The flu tends to be the leaky basement pipe of disease: It’s easy enough to avoid doing something about it, right up until the point it completely bursts and ruins your month. But the flu is much more deadly than a flooded basement. Even at its weakest in recent years, the flu has killed 98 people in Britain this winter. And while this current flu season isn’t the world-shattering pandemic seen in 1918-1919, when a particularly bad strain infected around a third of the world’s population and killed 20 million to 50 million people, it’s gearing up to be the one of the worst in years. Hospitals in the US have had to set up emergency tents in their car parks to accommodate the deluge of flu victims. All of which is to say: For the love of god, no matter what your friends or family tell you or the rumours you’ve heard, just get the damn flu shot. It’s not too late. Read More >>

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Frog Slime Could Prevent the Next Pandemic

New research from Emory University School of Medicine shows that a chemical in the mucus of South Indian frogs is capable of killing certain strains of the influenza virus. It’ll take a while for scientists to translate this finding into a useful medicine, but the discovery could lead to an entirely new source of powerful anti-viral drugs. Read More >>

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Freak Bird Flu Outbreak Prompts NYC to Quarantine All 500 Shelter Cats

It’s difficult to explain exactly how it happened, but 386 New York City shelter cats have contracted a rare avian flu that had never before been seen in cats, and had not been seen in any animals at all in over ten years. Read More >>

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How a Flu Virus Invades a Cell

Researchers from the University of Washington are the first to visualise the insidious way that the flu virus latches onto a cell and ploughs its way inside, causing an infection. Read More >>

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The US Will Stop Funding Research into Making Mutant Super Viruses

Should scientists be allowed to create mutant viruses deadlier than natural ones? The White House waded into this controversy today with a surprising announcement to cut all funding to such studies, pending a thorough review of this risky research. Read More >>