Captain Comics: Here's your comics-for-pandemics reading list
The pandemic burning through the world right now is terrifying, lethal and virtually unstoppable. But one thing it isn’t, is unexpected. We’ve been through this before — the 1918 flu, the Black Plague — and experts have long been predicting this one.Which has made pandemics an irresistible topic to explore in fiction. Comic books, in particular, have a lot of them. Some are semi-realistic and may afford some insights, and some are wackadoodle, which can infect us with the giggles.So let’s take a look at my Top 11 Comics for Pandemics:11. THANAGARIAN EQUALIZER DISEASEBack in 1975, a kind of pol...
Tribune News Service
How sick will you get from COVID-19?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Monica and Adrian Arima both were infected by the COVID-19 virus at the same time on the same Nile River cruise, probably during a shared dinner buffet between the Egyptian cities of Aswan and Luxor. As they traveled home to Palo Alto, the couple’s early symptoms — body aches and low-grade fever — were identical.But then, mysteriously, their experiences suddenly diverged. Monica spent 13 days at Stanford Hospital; Adrian was there for just three days. She needed extra oxygen and an experimental drug; he didn’t.Now, weeks later, she still has a cough. He is fully recovered, h...
The Mercury News
Check out our favorite sports books while you're staying home during the coronavirus outbreak
With people staying home during of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, and because there is a limit to how much Netflix you can watch, why not pick up one of those things that used to occupy us before live-streaming services.It’s the ultimate form of cord-cutting — a book.Welcome to The Seattle Times Sports department book club, which specializes in, you guessed it … sports books.Here are the favorite sports books from our club members and why we recommend them:Percy Allen, reporter“Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete” by William C. RhodenA thoug...
The Seattle Times
Mary Schmich: The pandemic, a professor and a duck named Honey: A story of life in a time of death
Honey returned to the Botany Pond at the University of Chicago in the first week of March, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic chased almost everyone off campus.From his lab in a 19th century building overlooking the water, Jerry Coyne could see her, a female mallard with unique black mottling on her orange bill, and he was elated. This would be his fourth year of feeding and nurturing Honey as she nested and gave birth, a task that kindled a feeling in him that he calls “maternal.”But almost as soon as Honey came back, a rumor spread: To guard against the new coronavirus, everyone but ess...
In Miami, hospitals aren't only medical facilities bracing for COVID-19. So is the morgue
MIAMI — As the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm Florida’s medical system for the living, the outbreak could also affect the doctors who deal in death.The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office may not wind up doing many autopsies on the inevitable COVID-19 deaths, but it nevertheless plays a vital role, issuing death certificates for those who succumb to diseases threatening the public’s health.So forensic pathologists must work closely with doctors at hospitals, all while trying to stay healthy themselves to still be able to conduct autopsies on people who die in other ways — such as car acci...
'Single point of failure': The CDC's past successes with an FDA process set the table for coronavirus testing debacle
SEATTLE — In late April 2009, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, then the Food and Drug Administration’s principal deputy commissioner, received an urgent weekend phone call from the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Dr. Rich Besser told Sharfstein that the CDC — and by, extension, public health departments nationwide — faced a serious problem.Less than two weeks earlier, the CDC had identified a virulent new strain of swine flu in a 10-year-old patient in California. Within days, the novel strain cropped up in another California child, two patients in Texas, a cluster in Mexico a...
The Seattle Times
Can the coronavirus really live for 3 days on plastic? Yes, but it's complicated.
PHILADELPHIA — For more than a week, people have been sharing an eyebrow-raising report that the novel coronavirus can live for 24 hours on cardboard, and up to three days on plastic and stainless steel.It can, but the details are more complicated, according to scientists who published the research behind those figures on Tuesday. The short version: Levels of the virus drop dramatically within a few hours, the authors wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.The key is what scientists refer to as a virus’ half-life, or rate of decay: how much time it takes for half the microbes in a given ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Why the coronavirus and most other viruses have no cure
PHILADELPHIA — People hospitalized with severe symptoms from the coronavirus are given medicine to bring down the fever and fluids to keep them hydrated, generally by intravenous tube. Some patients are connected to a ventilator: a mechanical device that helps them breathe.This menu of treatments is called supportive care, and despite the lukewarm-sounding name, there is no question that it saves lives.But as for waging a direct attack against this virus, and most other viruses, there are no drugs. The human immune system is on its own.The reasons involve biology and, to a lesser extent, money...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Huge Wisconsin operation shows promise of aquaponics
NORTHFIELD, Wis. — Stepping into the massive greenhouse of Superior Fresh — 6 acres under one roof — the gentle embrace of warm, humid air is quickly followed by the smell of lush, green plants.Daylight streams through the roof and the sound of sloshing water tricks the senses into a kind of tropical reverie. Seen from nearby Interstate 94, the greenhouse at night glows purple as red and blue lights come on to help organic leafy greens grow during sun-deprived winter months.But Superior Fresh is not just another player in the nature-defying business of growing produce all year in the Midwest. ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mayo Clinic rolls out COVID-19 test
MINNEAPOLIS — The Mayo Clinic has begun rolling out a test to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 illnesses, a development that comes as concerns build that a lack of testing capacity could thwart a robust response to the outbreak.Mayo’s large commercial lab in Rochester, Minn., is one of several that have scrambled in recent weeks to create a test that can detect coronavirus in specimens. The lab says it started making tests available to health care providers at Mayo on Thursday and will open the supply to others in the coming days. Mayo’s initial capacity of 200 to 300 tests per day is exp...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)