Is COVID-19 the real boogeyman this Halloween? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, it might as well be.Various Halloween activities were ranked as low, moderate, or high risk. They recommend people to not mingle with others outside the household, rating activities such as parties, haunted houses, hayrides, and trick-or-treating as high-risk. For those who are feeling sick, live with someone who is at higher risk for disease, have tested positive, are waiting for COIVD-19 test results, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, the CDC recommends them to stay home. But, do not fret my ghostly friends. Halloween activities … [Read more...] about Local communities offer low-risk Halloween activities
Why do we perpetuate and normalize some things that we know are detrimental to our health and are directly linked to death, yet we race to fight COVID? As we live and breathe in the days of COVID-19, a few things have become apparent: that COVID kills, that people are concerned and cautious, and finally, that some will shame and alienate an individual if they don’t agree or comply to the same degree in regards to the first two points. The perplexing bit about all of this, from an outside perspective, would be how we’ve arrived at what seems like a rather backward point in time. The number one killers in the United States are cancer and heart disease, as stated by the CDC, yet we … [Read more...] about Thinking about the irony in society
Chancellor Timothy P. White's Executive Order 1108 that bans the use of tobacco and all related products from the CSUSB campus has been receiving mixed reviews. This includes banning e-cigarettes, vaporizers, snuff and chewing tobacco on all CSU campuses, claiming that it will promote a healthier, safer learning environment. This executive order supersedes all previous campus policies related to smoking. All UC schools have been smoke-free for the past three years and now CSU schools have followed. The health risks of tobacco have been thoroughly studied and it is well known that smoking is unhealthy. However, students and faculty who are regular tobacco users are having a … [Read more...] about CSU Smoking Ban: Mixed Opinions
By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer| Hide your kids! Hide your wife! Hide your husband! A virus called Zika (just like Ebola and the swine flu) is coming to take us all away—or that's what the media is telling us. However, I disagree. The media is only using this virus as a means of getting traffic on their website because in fact, the virus is not a big deal—AT ALL—at least in the U.S. Within the past month there have been a total of 52 Zika virus cases in the U.S., all of them are from people traveling in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, according to Center for Disease Control (CDC). There has not be a single case yet of someone acquiring it … [Read more...] about Zika virus: to take over world or scare straight?
By: Elle Carlos | Staff Writer | Iron Max 1/18/16 A 5-year-old superhero made his Marvel debut as "Iron Max" in the Iron Man comic book. When Max Levy had a metal plate inserted in his chest to assist his battle against hemophilia, he quickly realized, "I'm Iron Man!," according to an article on nbc.news.com. Marvel writers got wind of the story when #IronMax appeared on social media. Along with the Iron Max comic, his photo and story were featured in the back, with hopes to inspire children everywhere who are battling a disease. Space Fashion 1/15/16 Virgin Galactic partnered with Adidas' Y-3 designer to create fashionable spacesuits. Following … [Read more...] about News Briefs
By Yara Del Rio-Dominguez |Staff Writer| Nigeria was declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO, “In order to declare an Ebola outbreak over, a country must pass 42 days with active surveillance in place, and with no new cases detected.” “This is a spectacular success story that shows Ebola can be contained,” said WHO. Some citizens of Nigeria were infected with the virus in July by a sick air traveler. The country of Nigeria reacted by isolating and treating those who had been infected or had come in contact with someone who had contracted the virus and then physically monitored them for 21 days. Although Nigeria did not place a travel ban, they … [Read more...] about Nigeria is Ebola free
By Robin Alcantara |Staff Writer| The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are moving forward with plans set in place to prevent the further spread of ebola after the first ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S died. Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia died on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Duncan was one of six reported Ebola patients in the U.S. Five other patients were diagnosed while in West Africa and were sent home for treatment. “Additional cases may occur in the U.S., particularly people traveling from the outbreak region,” stated Dr. Laura Newcomb, a CSUSB faculty member. The potential of Ebola further spreading into other countries also exists because volunteers … [Read more...] about U.S. man dies of Ebola
By Monica Gallegos |Staff Witer| The listeria bacterium has become a recent fear because of reported illnesses attributed to tainted cantaloupe; however doctors in the Student Health Center are not concerned about students being contaminated. Dr. Shan Pai, a physician at the Student Health Center, said that though the listeria outbreak has affected consumers of Jensen cantaloupes, he is not concerned with it affecting California. “The Public Health Policy in California has very aggressive management, so I’m not too concerned about (Listeria) affecting California residents,” said Pai. Though the source of the Jensen cantaloupe contamination is still under investigation, it is … [Read more...] about Cantaloupe poses minimal threat