Donald A. Henderson is credited with eliminating smallpox on the globe. A great scientist and public health official who headed the World Health Organization’s smallpox division years ago. Dr. Henderson died in 2016, but his words concerning dealing with pandemics, particularly on what not to do,  are clearly spelled outContinue Reading

The Chicago Teachers Union voted Sunday to defy the district officials, refusing to return to the classroom as Illinois rolled out re-opening plans. Chicago Public School teachers and staff were set to return to in-person learning Monday, but with 86% voter participation, 71% voted in favor of continued remote work,Continue Reading

Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted stay-at-home orders across the state Monday, citing improving coronavirus conditions, but withheld key ICU and COVID-19 data tracking. “We’re seeing a flattening of the curve — everything that should be up is up, everything that should be down is down — case rates, positivity rates, hospitalizations,Continue Reading

A D.C. man, a New Jersey man, and a Colorado man appeared today in United States district courts on charges stemming from their attacks on local and federal law enforcement officers, as well as other crimes, during the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 that disrupted a JointContinue Reading

Former Chief Medical Officer of Health in Ontario, Dr. Richard Schabas sent a letter to premier of Ontario, Doug Ford earlier this week backing up a letter earlier from MPP Roman Baber requesting Ford to change course on COVID-19. The five point letter detailed problems with risk, ICU bed capacityContinue Reading

A new Stanford University study of common COVID-19 responses in the United States and nine other nations concludes point to the failure of stay-at-home orders and business closures on the spread of the coronavirus. The study, titled ‘Assessing Mandatory Stay‐at‐Home and Business Closure Effects on the Spread of COVID‐19,’ wasContinue Reading

The unintended consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation efforts, like closing businesses, stay-at-home order and other forms of lockdowns, made by governments and public health officials are mounting. Earlier this week, new research by public health experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) demonstrated thatContinue Reading

Population-wide use of facemasks keeps the coronavirus ‘reproduction number’ under 1.0, and prevents further waves of the virus when combined with lockdowns, a modelling study from the universities of Cambridge and Greenwich suggests. The research suggests that lockdowns alone will not stop the resurgence of SARS-CoV-2, and that even homemadeContinue Reading