Covid 19

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We’re Catching More Diseases From Wild Animals, and It’s Our Fault.

Scientists who venture into rainforests and bat caves explain how viruses, like Covid-19, spill over from animals to people, and what we must do to stop the next pandemic.
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How Decades of Housing Discrimination Hurts Fresno in the Pandemic

Decades of discrimination in Fresno laid the groundwork for a housing crisis today.
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New York Tenants Are Organizing Against Evictions, as They Did in the Great Depression

Activists concerned about pandemic-related homelessness are seeking rent relief. In the 1930s, tenants banded together against evictions.
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Tenants Facing Eviction Over Covid-19 Look to a 1970s Solution

An idea from a tenant rebellion in the 70s could help renters facing eviction.
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Working Sick During Covid: What We Learned from Swine Flu

‘Stay home if you’re sick’ is time-tested advice. But not all workers can afford it.
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What the Bungled Response to HIV Can Teach Us About Dealing With Covid-19

Politics, public health and a pandemic. What we didn’t learn from HIV.
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Why History Urges Caution on Immunity Testing

After past outbreaks, workers with proof of antibodies were in demand. But history urges caution.
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American Samoa Dodged a Pandemic in 1918. Here’s What We Learned

Two territories, two wildly different outcomes as a pandemic terrorized the world.
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Coronavirus Has a Playlist. Songs About Disease Go Way Back.

Coronavirus songwriting has gone as global as the pandemic itself, creating a new genre called pandemic pop. It’s a tradition with a long history.
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Coronavirus Reignites a Fight Over Rights of Detained Migrant Children

Migrant children in federal custody have tested positive for Covid-19, reopening a legal battle over the rights of children in custody.
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Coronavirus, Smoking, Vaping: Studies From the Past That Alarm Scientists

COVID-19 attacks the lungs. Past research shows that smoking and vaping may amplify the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: Lessons From Past Epidemics

Dr. Larry Brilliant, who helped eradicate smallpox, says past epidemics can teach us to fight coronavirus.
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Coronavirus Quarantine: Are There Lessons From A Nurse Who Challenged One For Ebola?

Coronavirus has public health officials scrambling to put quarantines into effect. The 2014 Ebola outbreak may have some lessons.