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'19, 20 States' Could Be Ready to Reopen May 1

So says CDC Director Robert Redfield

(Newser) - If you're living in one of 19 or 20 states, good news: CDC Director Robert Redfield thinks you may be ready to reopen by May 1. The less great news: He didn't name which ones during his interview on Good Morning America . Reuters reports Redfield explained that we'...

A 'Crime Against Humanity:' Trump's WHO Move Slammed

Public health experts blast US president for cutting off health organization in middle of pandemic

(Newser) - President Trump announced Tuesday he was cutting off payments to the World Health Organization for now, accusing the United Nations health agency of promoting Chinese "misinformation" about the coronavirus. Public health experts are lashing out at the US president, with some saying Trump is trying to deflect attention from...

Trump Cuts Off US Payments to WHO
Trump Cuts Off
US Payments to WHO

Trump Cuts Off US Payments to WHO

He says agency 'severely mismanaged' outbreak

(Newser) - President Trump says the US is halting payments to the World Health Organization while his administration investigates the UN health agency's failure to carry out its "basic duty." In his Tuesday briefing, Trump accused the WHO of "severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the...

WHO Makes It Official: It&#39;s a Pandemic
WHO Says the
P-Word Now Applies

WHO Says the P-Word Now Applies

Declares the novel coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic

(Newser) - Expressing alarm both about mounting infections and inadequate government responses, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic but added that it's not too late for countries to act. By reversing course and using the charged word "pandemic" that it had...

Trump: WHO's Coronavirus Stat Is a 'False Number'

President says 3.4% death rate is way too high

(Newser) - Earlier this week, the World Health Organization estimated the death rate from COVID-19 to be 3.4%, higher than initial estimates and far worse than the seasonal flu, notes CNBC . President Trump, for one, disagrees. In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Wednesday night, the president dismissed the...

WHO Says It Isn't Ready to Use the P-Word Yet

There's no coronavirus pandemic, but we should be in a 'phase of preparedness'

(Newser) - The World Health Organization isn't ready to use the p-word, but it thinks the world should ready itself for a potential coronavirus pandemic all the same. On Monday the WHO instructed countries to be "in a phase of preparedness," saying that while its assessment remains that COVID-19...

Coronavirus Gets a Name
Now Has
a Name

Coronavirus Now Has a Name

WHO labels it COVID-19

(Newser) - You don't have to call it "coronavirus" anymore. The World Health Organization has bestowed an official name on the fast-spreading illness: COVID-19. The "COVI" stands for coronavirus, the "D" stands for disease, and "19" reflects the year it was discovered, explains NPR . The health agency'...

Chinese Doctor Silenced About Coronavirus Is Dead

Li Wenliang was 34

(Newser) - The Chinese doctor who was visited by police after sending out an early warning about coronavirus is dead. The confirmation comes after hours of media confusion Thursday, CNN reports; Li Wenliang was initially reported dead, then reported to be in critical condition but still clinging to life, and now has...

5-Year-Old Tourist Brings Measles Back to Costa Rica
This Country Was Done With
Measles. Then the Boy Arrived
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This Country Was Done With Measles. Then the Boy Arrived

5-year-old French tourist in the country has the disease

(Newser) - A French family arrived in Costa Rica last Monday and put an end to Costa Rica's measles-free status: No citizen there has contracted the disease since 2006, and the last time a foreigner brought it to the country was in 2014. The Independent reports that a 5-year-old boy was...

What&#39;s a Threat to Our Health Worldwide? WHO&#39;s Top 10
What's a Threat
to Our Health
WHO's Top 10
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What's a Threat to Our Health Worldwide? WHO's Top 10

Climate change, a pushback on vaccination, and dengue all make the list

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has a five-year plan—one that it hopes will help billions of people obtain universal health coverage, be taken care of in health emergencies, and enjoy better health overall. To that end, the WHO has whittled down the world's biggest health challenges, coming up with...

Polluted Air, the 'New Tobacco,' Kills 600K Kids a Year

WHO estimates that 93% of children worldwide breathe dangerous air

(Newser) - The World Health Organization is out with some new numbers on air pollution, and the numbers are hard to fathom:
  • In 2016, 600,000 children were estimated to have died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air, reports CNN .
  • About 1.8 billion children worldwide—that would be

Dozens Dead in EU in 'Astounding' Measles Outbreak

There's been an uptick in US, too

(Newser) - Some not-great news out of the World Health Organization regarding one of the most contagious viruses around. Per the BBC , a record number of measles patients has been recorded in the European Union, with last year's nearly 24,000 cases being surpassed by this year's 41,000 figure....

WHO: Clandestine Factories Making Fake Drugs That Harm

Agency found that fake or substandard drugs are big problem worldwide

(Newser) - While some people are getting sick, others are getting rich, NPR reports—and a new World Health Organization study reveals why. It's all linked to counterfeit drugs, notes the report from the WHO, which estimates one in 10 medical products in low- and middle-income nations is either substandard (licensed...

WHO: Forget About That Goodwill Ambassador

Director abandons controversial appointment of Robert Mugabe

(Newser) - Amid much uproar, the World Health Organization has re-examined its decision to name Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador and decided to dump the 93-year-old Zimbabwean leader. "I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns," WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, per the BBC . Tedros had praised...

WHO: Nearly Half of Abortions Around the World Aren't Safe

Most disturbing are those abortions that fall into the 'least safe' category

(Newser) - Between 2010 and 2014, nearly 56 million women around the world got abortions each year—and the World Health Organization has found that almost half of them weren't safe. Per a WHO/Guttmacher Institute study published in the Lancet journal, of those 55.7 million annual abortions, just over 17...

These Are the 12 Bacteria We Should Worry About Most

According to the WHO

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. In a press briefing on Monday, the UN health agency said its list is meant to promote the development of medicines for the...

WHO on &#39;High Alert&#39; Over Bird Flu
WHO on 'High Alert'
Over Bird Flu

WHO on 'High Alert' Over Bird Flu

Worrying strains are spreading fast

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says it's on high alert over outbreaks of bird flu that have killed people in China and caused large-scale slaughtering of birds elsewhere. "The rapidly expanding geographical distribution of these outbreaks and the number of virus strains currently co-circulating have put WHO on high...

UN: Zika Isn't a Global Emergency Anymore

But UN is still preparing for a long fight against the virus

(Newser) - Acknowledging Zika is "here to stay," the UN health agency on Friday lifted a 9-month-old emergency declaration and prepared for a longer-term response to the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe neurological defects in newborns whose mothers were infected, the AP reports. WHO officials were quick to...

9 in 10 People Are Breathing Deadly Air
9 in 10 People Are
Breathing Deadly Air

9 in 10 People Are Breathing Deadly Air

China is the worst off in WHO study that finds serious health effects linked to air pollution

(Newser) - The vast majority of humanity is breathing dirty air, putting us at risk of heart disease, stroke, and lung disease, the World Health Organization says. The agency's most detailed analysis yet of air pollution reveals that 92% of the world's population is breathing air that fails to meet...

Gonorrhea May Beat All Known Drugs by 2021

WHO makes changes to recommended treatments

(Newser) - The WHO is changing up its policy for battling gonorrhea for the first time in more than a decade as antibiotic-resistant strains continue to spread worldwide . The organization now recommends that doctors give up using the class of antibiotics known as quinolones and instead prescribe another class called cephalosporins, reports...

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