Elon professor who researches right-wing extremist groups assaulted in Alamance County :: WRAL.com

An Elon University professor was assaulted during an anti-racism protest outside of the Alamance County Courthouse in downtown Graham Saturday night.
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Toxic Ghosts – The New York Times

Throughout the entire site the E.P.A. found volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and high concentrations of metals and cyanide. The creek, groundwater and the marsh were also contaminated. Arsenic, nickel, iron and manganese were discovered in plumes that flowed into the marsh and, eventually, into Country Pond, where residents in the 1970s reported fish kills.

Now, decades later, there are fresh worries that water near the site is contaminated by PFAS, a ubiquitous family of chemicals that can be found in nonstick cookware, stain-resistant rugs, firefighting foams and other common products. PFAS have been linked to a litany of serious health problems, including autoimmune diseases (like ulcerative colitis) and some cancers.

Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization – (Blinds US to potential pandemics for humans and animals, as well as new flu developments)

The move could for the first time cut the U.S. government out of the development of the seasonal influenza vaccine for the Southern Hemisphere, a process coordinated by the WHO in partnership with the United States. And the withdrawal from the WHO could impede access to an eventual COVID-19 vaccine if it is created overseas, current and former officials said. Leaving the organization could also significantly blind the U.S. to health threats in remote foreign locales that, as the pandemic has shown, have the potential to make their way to the U.S. shores. Experts also fear the impact on major initiatives to combat infectious diseases, such as a WHO-led program that is on the cusp of eradicating polio. “To do this in the middle of a pandemic is breathtakingly dangerous,” said Nancy Cox, a former CDC virologist, who for 22 years led the agency’s WHO center on influenza surveillance and control. “So I worry a lot about what’s going to happen to so many of the programs at WHO that were strongly supported financially and through expertise and consultation with the U.S. I just think it could be really bad.”

Source: Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization

‘They Just Dumped Him Like Trash’: Nursing Homes Evict Vulnerable Residents – The New York Times

More than any other institution in America, nursing homes have come to symbolize the deadly destruction of the coronavirus crisis. More than 51,000 residents and employees of nursing homes and long-term care facilities have died, representing more than 40 percent of the total death toll in the United States. But even as they have been ravaged, nursing homes have also been enlisted in the response to the outbreak. They are taking on coronavirus-stricken patients to ease the burden on overwhelmed hospitals — and, at times, to bolster their bottom lines.

Avian Flu Diary: As COVID-19 Cases Rise Florida’s DOH Releases An Additional Public Health Advisory

Yesterday, Florida recorded a record 4,049 cases. An 8-fold increase over what was reported on Memorial day, 2020 (n=503), just 27 days ago.   With Florida cases likely to breach 100,000 either today or tomorrow, yesterday the Florida Department of Health released a new health advisory, encouraging vulnerable populations to avoid crowds and to limit interactions outside of their homes.

Source: Avian Flu Diary: As COVID-19 Cases Rise Florida’s DOH Releases An Additional Public Health Advisory