Sunday, April 14, 2024

Researchers Discuss the Unseen Community Effects of COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Orders; Wuhan-Linked Coronavirus Researcher to Testify Before Congress, and other C-Virus related stories

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Researchers discuss the unseen community effects of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders:
As unprecedented as the outbreak of COVID-19 felt, it was far from the first time a deadly disease has swept the globe. Historians have identified epidemics and pandemics dating as far back as 430 B.C. Records tell us how these diseases spread and how many people died, but not people's personal experiences of the crises.
COVID-19 presented a rare opportunity to document in real-time how people processed the tumult of a pandemic, and how necessary public health measures affected their lives. Starting in the earliest days of the 2020 outbreak, a team of researchers at the University of Washington conducted real-time surveys of King County residents, asking what measures people had taken to protect themselves, how their daily lives had been affected and what worried them most.
The results, published in the journal PLOS One, provide a glimpse into the subtle effects that public health measures like social distancing and stay-at-home orders had on the community.
UW News spoke with Kathleen Moloney, research scientist at the UW Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience, and Nicole Errett, a UW assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and director of the new Center for Disaster Resilient Communities, to discuss the study, how people experienced those early months and what public health practitioners can learn for future pandemics.
It's been four years since COVID-19 changed all our lives, and more than two years since we started to emerge into this new normal. Why is it important to share this research now, to understand people's experiences of the pandemic and collective efforts to limit COVID's spread? --->READ MORE HERE
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Wuhan-linked coronavirus researcher to testify before Congress:
Lawmakers plan to interrogate the head of Eco Health Alliance, the group accused of conducting dangerous coronavirus research in Wuhan, China, just before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic will hold a public hearing May 1 where Dr. Peter Daszak is expected to testify. Daszak is the president of Eco Health Alliance, a U.S. nonprofit health research company that used taxpayer-funded grants to conduct coronavirus research.
The lawmakers on the committee allege that newly obtained documents show Daszak’s previous testimony misled the committee or misrepresented the facts.
“These revelations undermine your credibility as well as every factual assertion you made during your transcribed interview,” the letter said. “The Committees have a right and an obligation to protect the integrity of their investigations, including the accuracy of testimony during a transcribed interview. We invite you to correct the record.”
One of those obtained documents appears to show Daszak saying he plans to work with Wuhan researchers.
A federal grant database shows that Eco Health Alliance received millions of dollars from the federal government since 2014 to study coronaviruses that originate in animals and in some cases can transfer to humans, with an emphasis on China.
A key and highly disputed part of the inquiry is whether Eco Health Alliance’ research included making coronaviruses more dangerous. --->READ MORE HERE
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