‘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

‘SUPER HUMAN’ MAN IN PRAMERICA ATTACK FOUND NOT GUILTY DUE TO INSANITY

first_imgTheo Boake pictured laving court. PIc copyright of Northwest Newspix.A man with ‘super human’ strength who had to be restrained by seven Gardai after going berserk has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.Theo Boakye broke into a technology company and attacked its €300,000 server system with a fire extinguisher. The 24 year old student later escaped Garda custody and was involved in a confrontation with several Gardai in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.However, Gardai said Boakye had incredible strength and did not react to being pepper-sprayed or being struck with batons.Boakye, described by his barrister Peter Nolan as a ‘courteous and gentle young man’, had suffered a psychotic episode on November 3rd and 4th, 2013, Letterkenny District Court was told.A jury were shown terrifying CCTV footage of Boakye jumping through a reinforced wire glass pane before going on to attack servers with a fire extinguisher.The following day Gardai were called when Boakye went berserk in a phone shop in Letterkenny when his debit card would not work.He had tried to pay for €1,700 worth of goods including smart phones on his debit card at the Carphone Warehouse shop but it was declined several times.He then smashed the machine by punching it and the manager of the store called the Gardai.When Gardai arrived, Boakye, of 76 Ballymaccol Woods, Letterkenny, reacted violently and had to be forcefully arrested.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station but escaped while being brought to hospital.Gardai Damian Mulkearns said the prisoner had ‘super-human’ strength while his colleague Garda Marcus O’Dowd said pepper spray or batons simply did not work on Boakye.Consultant psychiatrist Dr Dermot Ward said he discovered that Boakye had suffered from acute psychotic episodes during which he felt paranoid but also felt he may have special powers.He said this particular type of mental illness was more common in people from “the African race.”He added that most likely Boakye would not even have know he was committing such crimes.He added that he found Boakye to be a personable young man and that if he stayed on his medication, he was very unlikely to encounter another similar psychotic episode.The jury took a half hour to find Boakye not guilty by reason of insanity of all seven charges including assault, causing criminal damage and escaping Garda custody.Judge John O’Hagan described the case as most unusual and said that in his seventeen years as a Judge it was only the second time he had come across a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict.He discharged Boakye on the condition that he continues to attend for psychiatric check-ups, takes his medication and that he stays away from alcohol and drugs.‘SUPER HUMAN’ MAN IN PRAMERICA ATTACK FOUND NOT GUILTY DUE TO INSANITY was last modified: February 7th, 2015 by John2Share 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:INSANITYnot guiltypramericaTheo Boakyelast_img read more