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In just one day, event more governors and mayors have taken action to encourage (or mandate) residents to stay home. For instance, California Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded his shelter in place order to apply to the entire state making his, the nation’s strictest response.
But now, in states like California, the question being asked by state officials is what happens if a natural disaster (like a wildfire) occurs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? As the LA Times reported, “some communities have started planning how they would respond to those dual problems simultaneously, particularly if people in a virus-stricken area have to be evacuated and sheltered.” This worry hasn’t eased with President Trump’s current lack of mobilization of a coordinated response across all government agencies.
Why This Matters: In the day and age of climate change, we’re going to have to walk and chew gum at the same time when it comes to disasters. We live in a world with increasing complexity but one thing’s certain: we have to be prepared and we need leaders who are willing to make tough choices to get us ready.
New and Noteworthy: From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s been a mystery why the virus hasn’t affected children the same way it has adults, but now scientists may finally have some clues as to why.
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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