Florida pastor who dismissed coronavirus as ‘just the flu’ dies

Florida pastor who dismissed coronavirus as ‘just the flu’ dies

A Florida pastor who dismissed the threat of coronavirus as “just the flu” has died of complications caused by the illness after months in hospital, her family says. Her husband, who was equally skeptical, has since recovered from COVID-19. Erin Hitchens, a 46-year-old pastor in…

This might be your most important flu shot ever

This might be your most important flu shot ever

This fall and winter, health experts expect two types of deadly viruses to be circulating widely in the US. But they don’t yet know what the extent of the damage will be when the two collide. In the absence of a coherent federal response, the…

Farm in quarantine as bird flu outbreak hits with infected chickens killed

Farm in quarantine as bird flu outbreak hits with infected chickens killed

A free-range egg farm in Australia has been quarantined and forced to cull its livestock in order to stop the spread of deadly bird flu. Birds on the farm near Lethbridge in the south-east state of Victoria have tested positive for H7N7 avian influenza –…

Seasonal flu reports hit record lows amid global social distancing

Seasonal flu reports hit record lows amid global social distancing

BEIJING — Global social distancing rules targeting coronavirus have pushed influenza infection rates to a record low, early figures show, signaling that the measures are having an unprecedented impact on other communicable diseases. In China, where the earliest wide-scale lockdown measures began, new reports of…

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