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When a sick person sneezes in public, how long does their flu or cold virus survive in the world?
passporthealthusa.com We may take steps to avoid the cold and flu during the winter, but it what if the bacteria is unavoidable? That's the unfortunate case for many people because cold and flu viruses can survive outside…
Airport security is a prime location for disease spread, but is there a way to solve that problem?
theatlantic.com Keep calm and wash your hands.
With less than 8 months until the Real ID Act goes into effect, do travelers need a new ID if they travel with a passport?
passporthealthusa.com With the date of the Real ID Act approaching, many American travelers are still confused about some aspects. Before boarding a flight, travelers may need a new license or ID to start their trip.…
A disease expert compares coronavirus in China to similar outbreaks like SARS and MERS.
scientificamerican.com Columbia University professor W. Ian Lipkin looks for lessons from the new disease COVID-19 to prevent the next disaster
Rather than leaving Yosemite with photos of the national park, 170 visitors came down with norovirus. What caused the outbreak?
passporthealthusa.com While visiting Yosemite National Park, travelers likely expect stunning landscapes and incredible hiking. But, 170 visitors recently came down with norovirus on their trips to Yosemite. Park and…
There's still a chance the coronavirus outbreak is declared a pandemic, so what does that declaration mean?
statnews.com The word “pandemic” is not a comforting one. And yet it is increasingly being bandied about in connection with the spread of the novel coronavirus.
An experimental Zika vaccine may be more versatile than expected, also offering protection against dengue.
passporthealthglobal.com In trying to find a vaccine for Zika virus, scientists may have also found a solution for dengue fever. An experimental vaccine from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research created antibodies that fight both viruses in a study. Authors from the study hope that this will help us fight Zika and den...
While studying a lake in Brazil, scientists discovered a virus with genes that have never been seen before.
futurism.com But you don't have to worry about catching the Yaravirus.
Flu cases reached 19 million in the US last week, with a higher chance than usual of catching the virus twice this season.
passporthealthusa.com The 2019-2020 flu season got off to a strange start with the B strain of the virus causing most early cases. But, as we enter peak flu season, an A strain of the virus is now on the rise across the…
Bats may carry some of the world's deadliest diseases, but what keeps the animals safe from those illnesses?
npr.org The winged mammal has a unique ability to carry viruses and not get sick from them. This tolerance may be a unique adaptation to flying.
After Brexit, what kind of changes, if any, can U.S. citizens expect next time they visit the United Kingdom?
passporthealthusa.com Early in 2020, Brexit became official, with the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. While the change does have some big affects throughout Europe, what can American travelers expect the next…
More Americans have been evacuated from Wuhan, China, as the death toll nears 640 with 31,000 confirmed cases.
China continues to bristle at other nations' response to the outbreak as anger mounts inside the country over the government's handling of it.
Even if you don't remember your first flu infection, your body does and that could make it easier (or harder) to fight the virus now.
passporthealthusa.com Most people may not remember their first flu infection, but the immune system does. Whether it is a strain of the H1N1 or H3N2 flu, that first infection can help the body better fight the virus upon…
The epicenter of many epidemics this century, what's behind the many viral outbreaks that have begun in China?
fortune.com The nation's outdated food supply leaves it especially vulnerable to diseases like coronavirus, swine fever, and bird flu.
Just a single dose of the HPV vaccine can go a long way in reducing risks of the virus like cervical cancer.
passporthealthusa.com Since its introduction in 2006, the HPV vaccine has required multiple doses to fully protect against the virus. But, a recent study shows just how effective a single dose of the vaccine can be.…
From the bubonic plague to the... bubonic plague, how well have quarantines worked throughout history?
npr.org China's efforts to build a quarantine center for suspected Wuhan coronavirus patients is the latest chapter about a practice that's as old as the Bible.
After trying to stop a cholera outbreak that lasted for 9 years, Haiti hit a milestone going one year without new cases.
passporthealthusa.com Starting shortly after Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010, the country's cholera outbreak lasted for nine years. After finally ending the outbreak in 2019, Haiti has taken even more steps to keep…
Thanks to the two prominent flu strains this season, it's possible to get sick with the flu twice.
popsci.com While rare, it’s totally possible to suffer the misery of two bouts of flu in one season. And, sadly, this year—which is shaping up to be a so-called double-barreled flu season—it might be more likely than usual.
Open office layouts may help boost creativity, but how do they affect employee health?
passporthealthusa.com Businesses and offices filled with young employees will often try an open-plan office layout, rather than cubicles or individual desks. While the layout may increase creativity, what kind of affect…
Is "social distancing" in public places the next step to slow the coronavirus risk?
statnews.com If the U.S. begins to see sustained human-to-human transmission, health officials may have to rapidly step up “social distancing” measures.
With the coronavirus outbreak now a global health emergency, how long will it take to create a vaccine for the virus?
passporthealthusa.com The coronavirus outbreak has reached across the globe, with the WHO declaring a health emergency. Looking to slow the virus, multiple companies and labs have already started development for a…
Chinese officials admit that their own slow action to early coronavirus cases helped the outbreak spread.
The most recent case in the U.S. is a man who hadn't visited China, but contracted the virus from his wife, a worrying development as the disease spreads.
The WHO set a goal to eliminate many diseases by 2030, so what steps can take to end these illnesses?
passporthealthusa.com Even after taking strides in disease prevention last decade, there's a lot of room for improvement in 2020. As we enter a new decade, the World Health Organization to eliminate some of the most…
Coronavirus may be getting more attention, but the flu remains a much more dangerous health risk in North America.
npr.org At least 8,000 people have died from the flu in the U.S. this season. The good news: Easy steps you can take now to protect against the flu may also help you steer clear of the new coronavirus.
Medications like ibuprofen may seem perfect to treat symptoms from chickenpox, but they can also cause some serious side effects.
passporthealthusa.com When children are sick with chickenpox, parents often reach for any medicine or treatment to ease the painful symptoms. But, for risk of life-threatening consequences, parents should avoid…
The likely source of coronavirus and many other diseases, how do bats carry so many dangerous illnesses?
nytimes.com They are considered the probable source of the coronavirus outbreak spreading from China. It turns out that they may have an immune system that lets them coexist with many disease-causing viruses.
After years of record-breaking outbreaks in countries like Yemen and Haiti, cholera cases dropped by 60% in 2018.
passporthealthusa.com Despite just finishing a decade filled with cholera outbreaks around the world, there's hope for cholera elimination. That's because cholera cases dropped by 60% around the world in 2018, with early…
Disease experts worry about a global spread of coronavirus if the current outbreaks aren't contained.
scientificamerican.com If the virus cannot be contained, it could start regularly circulating in the population like other common respiratory viruses
Could your blood type make you more resistant to the stomach flu and norovirus?
passporthealthusa.com If you've felt like your immune system can't stop the stomach flu, there may be a reason for that problem. A recent study found that blood type can influence the body's ability to fight norovirus.…
The CDC confirmed the fifth coronavirus case in the United States after a patient in Arizona returned from Wuhan, China.
npr.org The CDC expects the number of confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in the U.S. to increase — but says the overall health risk of disease transmission in the country is low.
Whether dealing with a sore throat or nausea, which tea can help you ease the painful symptoms of a cold or flu?
passporthealthusa.com Even while sick with the flu or a cold, many employees continue working through those painful symptoms. Luckily, there are many different teas that we can drink to help alleviate those symptoms. But,…
U.S. officials confirmed a second coronavirus cases, this time in Chicago, while monitoring another 63 possible cases.
cnbc.com U.S. health officials diagnosed a second patient with the China coronavirus — a Chicago woman who returned from Wuhan with the infection.
As the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak continues, how can travelers to China stay free of the virus?
passporthealthusa.com The coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China has already been confirmed in Japan, South Korea and the United States. With many countries working to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, travelers…
Would you try a flu vaccine in pill form? Successful trials on humans make this new vaccine a real possibility.
newatlas.com Phase 2 human trial results have been published demonstrating the impressive efficacy of an oral form of the influenza vaccine. The trial compared the pill to the most commonly used injectable flu vaccine and found it as safe and effective as its counterpart.
A deadly coronavirus started in Wuhan, China, quickly making its way to various countries, including the US. Should we be worried about catching a coronavirus?
passporthealthusa.com Over just a few weeks, a coronavirus began infecting people in Wuhan, China, then was confirmed shortly after in Japan, South Korea and the United States. Already causing hundreds of cases and…
With a new coronavirus arriving in the US, officials debate whether to share research and experiments on similar viruses.
npr.org The U.S. government this week is pondering how much the public needs to know about funding decisions for studies and experiments that involve tinkering with already dangerous viruses.
The coronavirus outbreak may have started in Wuhan, China, but officials confirmed the first infection in the U.S. today. So, what is a coronavirus?
passporthealthusa.com After a few dozen cases began in Wuhan, China, a mysterious coronavirus has now spread to countries like Japan and South Korea. The first case in the United States was also confirmed, after an…
The mysterious coronavirus has now caused almost 300 cases in China, with officials confirming human-to-human transmission.
nbcnews.com The outbreak comes ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday during which hundreds of millions of people are expected to travel.
How helpful is a flu shot if it doesn't match the most prominent strains during a flu season?
passporthealthusa.com We expect to have a strong flu vaccine every year, but what happens when the shot is less effective? As we've seen during recent outbreaks, mutated strains of the flu might lead to a "bad" flu shot.…
Airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York will screen travelers from Wuhan, China for coronavirus.
nytimes.com Passengers from Wuhan, China, will be screened at J.F.K. beginning Friday night, and in San Francisco and Los Angeles starting on Saturday.
How does the UAE's new five-year tourist visa change travel to the country?
passporthealthusa.com It's only been two years since the United Arab Emirates started offering stopover visas to attract more tourists. In 2020, the UAE will now make some changes to further boost the country's tourism. A…
How can microbes cause illnesses like cancer and heart disease to be contagious?
gizmodo.com It’s a science lesson you probably learned in grade school: You can only catch certain illnesses, like the flu, from another person. But a new paper argues that many diseases seen as noncommunicable, like most cancers and heart disease, might be transmissible sometimes—thanks to the seemingly ha...
Millions of people still rely on bed nets coated in insecticides to prevent malaria. How did mosquitoes become resistant to those same pesticides?
passporthealthusa.com Still lacking a widely-available vaccine for malaria, mosquito nets and insecticides are a key in fighting the virus. But, after years of using the pesticides on bed nets, the insects have become…
China's mysterious coronavirus is spreading to other countries, with the first case confirmed in Japan.
nytimes.com The detection of the virus in Japan adds to fears that it will spread outside China’s borders after a case was also reported in Thailand this week.
Could a flu shot that uses nanoparticles get us closer to a universal flu vaccine?
passporthealthusa.com Researchers update the flu shot every year to deal with new strains of the virus. But, in the ongoing search for a universal flu vaccine, Georgia State may have found a helpful addition to the shot:…
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