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We also saw more cities and retail stores begin to furlough workers, as our institutions and economy begin to contend with a sustained period of Americans staying home.
Why This Matters: For many American workers the current outlook is impossible. Either they’re being sent home without pay or are deemed essential workers and risking their lives to provide essential services for the rest of us–like keeping our lights on and our water running. For utility workers especially, this is a dangerous time as New York’s historic decision to require workers to live at facilities operating the state’s power grid may become a test case for the rest of the nation.
What About Outdoor Exercise?: Gov. Hogan added that running, hiking, biking or walking are allowed during the stay at home order, but congregating in a park with hundreds of others or shopping for home furnishings is not.
The Toll on Science: 2020 will see critical gaps in scientific data as COVID-19 has stalled fieldwork around the world. For instance, whales are dying off the coast of California and we have no idea of the numbers or the cause.
Why This Matters: A study of 30,000 firefighters from 2010 to 2015 found that firefighters have an increased risk of many different cancers including: leukemia, malignant mesothelioma, bladder and prostate cancers, lung cancer, brain cancer, and digestive and oral cancers.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer World Health Organization expert Dr. Peter Ben Embarek revealed this week that the organization’s team of researchers have found two scenarios that could have transferred COVID-19 to humans. He acknowledges that COVID-19 could have been transmitted through frozen products at the Wuhan fish market, but the most likely scenario […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published Monday has found that a second, sneezier plague is ramping up. Allergy seasons have increased in duration by an average of 20 days since 1990. Why? Rising temperatures and an abundance of atmospheric carbon are increasing the amount of pollen in the air, and researchers say the […]
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