‘Our decisions matter’: Binghamton University professor says there is still hope in this pandemic

first_img“If we’re successful in flattening the curve, there will be an inflection point,” said Wander. “You’ll start to see a little bit slower growth of the number of cases and that’s what we’re looking for… to keep the number of cases in line with our medical system’s capacity.” Kathy Wander is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University. She says when this crisis quickly grew into a pandemic, it was scary. She says the most alarming part was the ratio of how many people were infected by one person who had the coronavirus. “The average for influenza was estimated at one-point-three and already, that’s a huge public health problem in the U.S., but two is brutal, so whatever we can do to bring that number down, is going to save lives,” said Wander. (WBNG) — Epidemiologist and biological anthropologist at Binghamton University, Kathy Wander, says there’s no reason to lose hope during this crisis, as long as we work together. Overall, Wander says none of our efforts will work unless we all do it together. She added it doesn’t matter if you have symptoms or not, or if you know anyone with the virus or not, you must follow the simple rules of social distancing and washing your hands. While some countries such as China have appeared to reach a peak and are seeing a somewhat downward trend, Wander says it’s difficult to predict if that will be the same fate for the United States. She says every country is different in healthcare systems and how they are responding to this pandemic. However, she did say we are more guaranteed to see the same trend if we can each make the biggest impact, which involves social distancing. “Our decisions matter. We can control this,” said Wander. “We just need to make the right decisions together.”last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal taxi firm was paid €1.6M by the HSE last year.Kilcar cabbies Seirbhis Iompair Tuaithe Teo got €1.6m for services in the North West, the Irish Independent reports today here:http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/one-taxi-firm-paid-18m-as-hse-bill-hits-25m-29108489.html   DONEGAL TAXI FIRM PAID €1.6M BY HSE LAST YEAR was last modified: March 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL TAXI FIRM PAID €1.6M BY HSE LAST YEARlast_img read more

Watch: Michael Phelps playing with Gold medals as USA’s Olympic stars show-off

first_imgBeen there, done that. Michael Phelps has 28 Olympic medals out of which 23 are Gold. The American swimmer has proved to be one of the greatest athletes with his domination spanning over five Summer Games. (Rio Olympics Full Coverage)Phelps, who has decided to retire after the Olympics, is already into mentoring. He is helping his compatriot and star swimmer Katie Ledecky, with a thing or two about medal-management.When Sports Illustrated wanted a photo shoot of the best performing US athletes, Phelps, Ledecky and gymnast Simone Biles were their obvious choices. While Phelps has added five more Gold medals to his famous collection, Ledecky, with four Golds and a Silver and Biles, again with four Golds and a Silver, who took Rio by storm, have shown promise to carry forward Phelps’ legacy. (Also read: Japan’s Kaori Icho captures 4th Olympic Gold medal in wrestling)However, Ledecky had an issue at the photo shoot. The 19-year-old was finding it difficult to arrange her medals that were hanging around her neck. ‘All four Golds together? Or a silver in between them?’, Ledecky was looking clueless.Phelps stepped in. As Biles was watching them, Phelps had a piece of advice for Ledecky. “Depends on how you put them. I put them on one-by-one,” he said before helping Ledecky organise the medals.”I have done it. Don’t worry you’ll learn about it soon,” Phelps burst into laughter with an air of optimism, as the world watched them with with equal amounts of admiration and jealousy.advertisementPhelps finished his career on a high after leading his team to glory in 4x200m freestyle relay. However, Phelps was beaten in his strongest event – 200m butterfly – by James Schooling. The Singaporean, who had idolised Phelps, got the better of him and also set an Olympic record.last_img read more