Antarctica’s Penguins Could Be Devastated by Avian Influenza

A new kind of death is coming to Antarctica, scientists fear. The harsh environment is full of everyday heartbreak: predation, starvation, chicks that are lost at sea when their icy shoreline melts away. Now a novel pathogen threatens to rip through colonies of marine mammals and birds, potentially including penguins. If the very worst happens, … Read more

CDC’s Labs Are Making a Comeback. Now They Need Support

February 12, 2024 5 min read The pandemic early exposed weaknesses in CDC’s laboratories. Organizational and culture changes there are good first steps, but more must be done By Jill Taylor, Ewa King & Scott Becker Almost unnoted, the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the COVID pandemic in the U.S. passed in January. Missteps … Read more

Masking Even Some of the Time This Winter Could Help Prevent Respiratory Infections

This respiratory illness season, face masks are back in fashion. U.S. public health officials are encouraging people to take precautions against rising cases of COVID, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), pneumonia, and the like. Mandy Cohen, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently issued a video advising people to get updated vaccinations … Read more