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Apr 23, 2020. 5 comments

99-Year-Old Black Woman Survives COVID-19 Infection Just in Time for Her 100th Birthday

99-Year-Old Black Woman Survives COVID-19 Infection Just in Time for Her 100th Birthday

Since the beginning stages of the coronavirus pandemic, our newsfeeds have been filled with horror stories about the devastating impact the outbreak has had on people’s daily lives as well as their very lives. But every so often, we come across inspiring stories that warm the heart. In Albany, Ga., a 99-year-old woman who has survived COVID-19 infection just in time for her 100th birthday...

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Apr 01, 2020.

A Death Sentence: As Jails Struggle to Stem Coronavirus Outbreaks, Delays Could Spell Disaster

A Death Sentence: As Jails Struggle to Stem Coronavirus Outbreaks, Delays Could Spell Disaster

On March 19, the chief physician of New York City’s jail system, Ross MacDonald, issued a warning on Twitter: “A storm is coming.”

In a plea directed at city prosecutors and judges, MacDonald said he noticed how swiftly courts were closed in response to COVID-19.

“This was fundamentally an act of social distancing, a sound strategy in public health. But the luxury that allows you to protect...

Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 26, 2017. 9 comments

124 Dead in Outbreak of the Bubonic Plague in Madagascar (We Kid You Not) 

124 Dead in Outbreak of the Bubonic Plague in Madagascar (We Kid You Not) 

Being geography deficient, the only thing that I, like most Americans, knew about Madagascar was that it was Africa-adjacent (it is an island off the coast of Mozambique) and that it had an animated movie named for it.

Unfortunately, the nation of 24 million has a point of infamy these days: The island nation is the site of the black death, the very same plague that decimated Europe many...

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