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Doctor holding mask and stethoscope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ashkan Forouzani

OPINION: We must prepare for the next pandemic now

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer October 22, 2020
The US is facing its worst health crisis in more than 100 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted unprecedented economic and social disruption this year, with no end in sight. Eight million Americans have fallen ill with the virus, and 220,000 of them did not make it. This means the US has the highest numbers of any nation. And yet cases are still soaring; in fact, they are on track to hit a third peak. Scientists are warning that this peak may be the largest of them all, especially as winter weather will force huge swaths of the country indoors and several holidays loom.
Franz Mirabal, left, patient care technician, takes the blood pressure of Adriana Gudinoperez, a patient with flu symptoms, as Carmen Perez waits with her at right in the emergency room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

Flu season peaks amidst government shutdown

Tyler Newman, Assistant News Editor January 23, 2018

With influenza season peaking throughout the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 63 percent of its staff was furloughed in the wake of the government shutdown. With...

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