The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

GameStop, the country's most prominent videogame retailer, is working hard to remain open during Covid-19, apparently regardless of the toll that could have on their employees or overall public health.Today, Kotaku again reports that GameStop has closed its stores in California, but retail locations in other states remain open.

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

“This is not black and white,” says Ben Lopman, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.From a mathematical perspective, determining how big a crowd is safe depends on a couple of key questions: How many people in a given area are infected with the disease?

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Parmet and other public health experts suggested that one of the things that needs to happen most urgently is for Congress to provide real financial support for people who stay home from work.

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Now, some public health experts say they are skeptical that Trump’s European travel ban will contain the spread of the novel coronavirus here in the United States.

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

“Unless you’re really a super shooter,” says Vicki Stover Hertzberg, “gravity takes over.” Hertzberg, who studies how disease moves through planes at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, says you can confine your wary looks to your immediate neighbors in your row, the one in front of you, and the one behind.

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

For now, advice from public health officials at places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still focuses on personal measures—the things you can do, yourself, to try to avoid getting infected.

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The CDC specified only that the patient was in California; the California Department of Public Health announced that the patient was a resident of Solano County—which, as other reports have pointed out, is the location of one of the Air Force bases being used for quarantines of people who’ve returned to the US from countries with the disease.

The Coronavirus Is Now Infecting People Who Haven't Traveled to China

The Coronavirus Is Now Infecting People Who Haven't Traveled to China

For as long as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China has been raging, public health officials have kept their eyes on one key variable: whether the virus was continuing to spread even far away from the epicenter in Wuhan .On Tuesday, officials in Japan, Taiwan, and Germany all reported their first cases of domestic human-to-human transmission.

Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good

Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good

Author Amy Fairchild, dean of Ohio State University’s College of Public Health, and coauthors argue that policymakers, in their rush to address the surge in lung illnesses and teen vaping, may be depriving millions of adult smokers of a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes.

How the Climate Crisis Is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts

How the Climate Crisis Is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts

“We have no idea what that looks like from a public health perspective, but we know it is catastrophic,” said Nick Watts, executive director of Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, during a press conference announcing the findings.

A New Smoking Gadget Says It's Safe. Should You Trust It?

A New Smoking Gadget Says It's Safe. Should You Trust It?

After reviewing the device and reams of data presented by Philip Morris, the agency decided that although Iqos isn’t risk-free, it was “appropriate for the protection of the public health” because the devices had “fewer or lower levels of some toxins.” The authorization doesn’t mean the regulator approves of the device or thinks it’s safe; it just means the FDA believes Iqos isn’t more dangerous than regular cigarettes.

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), developed by scientists and engineers at Dagan, uses publicly-available, remote sensing data from Landsat and Sentinel 2 satellites to monitor trends in the adoption rate of soil health practices—no-till, conservation tillage and cover crops—each year.

Measles Had Been Eliminated. Now It’s Nearly a Daily Threat

Measles Had Been Eliminated. Now It’s Nearly a Daily Threat

“The ongoing outbreaks in close-knit communities and increased global measles activity is putting the US at risk for losing its elimination status.”. Losing elimination status not only puts the US at risk for other infectious diseases, it jeopardizes the country’s role as a global leader in public health.

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

Foster’s team has a paper in review on actual, longer-term health consequences among the turnaways, but it’s not out yet, and I didn’t find any research comparing outcomes in states with different abortion access levels beyond when women get abortions during a pregnancy—second-trimester abortions become more common—and the admittedly blunt statistical instruments of maternal and infant mortality.

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

“This is a legally binding order that’s issued when we want to prevent the increased risk of infection,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health, at a press conference on Friday.

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

But a massive effort to catalogue the sex ratios at birth, for the first time, for every country, shows that’s not such a smart strategy after all.“For so long people just took that number for granted,” says Fengqing Chao, a public health researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore.

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us. The threat of bigger measles outbreaks is turning the political tides, making public health officials more willing to take draconian steps.

Cities for the people

Cities for the people

Singapore has implemented what Jan Gehl calls “human-scale design.” The bottom-up design of neighborhoods empowers citizens and emphasizes diversity, thereby preventing the emergence of poverty ghettoes through mixed-income housing, along with access to high-quality public transport, health, and education.

Why 5G Makes Me Reconsider the Health Effects of Cellphones

Why 5G Makes Me Reconsider the Health Effects of Cellphones

But what if the FCC is measuring public health effects against a decades-old standard that (a) measures the wrong thing and (b) was based on the work of an insular, private group, half of whose initial funding came from the power and telecom industries and that elects its own members?

A New Disease Is Testing Us for the Next Global Epidemic

A New Disease Is Testing Us for the Next Global Epidemic

But it highlights how much variation there can be in what front-line physicians know about any new disease.“With any emerging infection, one of the problems we face is getting communication out to the physicians who might be seeing these cases,” says Priya Duggal, a genetic epidemiologist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who, since the first outbreak in 2014, has been running a study of AFM victims and their families, with several colleagues.

Is California's Smoke Getting Worse? It's Complicated

Is California's Smoke Getting Worse? It's Complicated

"If you use intensity as a proxy for pollution—that is, if you assume stronger fires will produce more emissions like smoke—then by stint of that, yes, there ought to be more smoke," says atmospheric composition scientist Mark Parrington.A senior researcher at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Parrington tracks wildfires around the world to better understand their effect on pollution and public health.

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

For Republicans, it’s an opportunity to press forward on reforms to healthcare and tax policy that evaded them in the first two years of the Trump presidency.This election also comes at a critical time for the tech industry, when members of both parties are beginning to challenge the dominance of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.

Kavanaugh’s views on EPA’s climate authority are dangerous and wrong | Dana Nuccitelli

Kavanaugh’s views on EPA’s climate authority are dangerous and wrong | Dana Nuccitelli

EPA, the Supreme Court affirmed that greenhouse gases qualify as air pollutants, and EPA therefore has authority to regulate them if the agency determines that they may endanger public health or welfare.

Climate change: the Brexit threat

Climate change: the Brexit threat

There is a tacky interface between industry and government when it comes to public health or the environment, and it is abundantly clear that Brexit is fatally shifting the balance towards deregulation (“Green watchdog will lack bite after Brexit”, News).

Climate Change is Already Heating Up the World’s Cities

Climate Change is Already Heating Up the World’s Cities

Hot Times, Summer in the City: Understanding the Urban Heat Wave A trio of new climate modeling papers show just how hot climate change will make the world’s cities, and just how dire the public health consequences could be.