Category Archives: Health / Environment

HEALTH: Sunlight linked with lower COVID-19 deaths- study shows

(University of Edinburgh) – Sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from COVID-19, an observational study suggests.

Increased exposure to the sun’s rays – specifically UVA rays– could act as a simple public health intervention if further research establishes it causes a reduction in mortality rates, experts say.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh compared all recorded deaths from COVID-19 in the continental US from January to April 2020 with UV levels for 2,474 US counties for the same time period.        Continue reading

COVID-19: New requirements for travel to Suriname including quarantine

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The Guyana Ministry of Health here today announced new requirements for travel to Suriname.

To be allowed to board the Ferry at Moleson Creek, Corentyne to South Drain, Suriname, it said that all passengers are required to show a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test result taken within 72 hours of their scheduled time of departure to Suriname.    Continue reading

BUSINESS: The Rise And Fall Of The Cruise Industry – Business Insider

Until COVID-19 hit, the global cruise industry was on course for a record-breaking year. But major coronavirus outbreaks on board ships cost lives, jobs, and damaged the reputation of the fastest-growing sector of the travel industry.

USA – New York passes Recreational Marijuana bill

By Tom Bolger – Caribbean Life News – 31 March 2021

After years of debate, the New York State Legislature passed Tuesday a bill legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 and older.

Albany lawmakers hope the estimated $350 million in annual tax revenue generated from sales through licensed weed shops will help plug the hole that the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing economic turmoil blew in the state budget. The bill allows for possession of up to 3 ounces pot and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signaled that he plans to sign the bill into law.  Continue reading

COVID-19: WHO warns against developing vaccine passports;

— fears it will create inequities

WHO warns against developing vaccine passports, fears it will create inequities

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The World Health Organization warned against developing vaccine passports for fear it will create inequities in society. The U.S., U.K. and the European Union are considering introducing a digital passport.

BANANAS- A great natural food with many benefits

A banana really is a natural remedy for many ills.

When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.  It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around so maybe it’s time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’      

VIDEO: Why you can’t compare Covid-19 vaccines – by Vox

  Why you can’t compare Covid-19 vaccines– by Vox

What a vaccine’s “efficacy rate” actually means.

In the US, the first two available Covid-19 vaccines were the ones from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Both vaccines have very high “efficacy rates,” of around 95%. But the third vaccine introduced in the US, from Johnson & Johnson, has a considerably lower efficacy rate: just 66%.        Continue reading

USA: The Real Reason Republicans Could NOT Kill Obamacare – Jonathan Cohn | The Atlantic 

Democrats did the work, Republicans didn’t — and that says a lot about the two parties. 

Jonathan Cohn | The Atlantic 

The affordable care act, the health-care law also known as Obamacare, turns 11 years old this month. Somehow, the program has not merely survived the GOP’s decade-long assault. It’s actually getting stronger, thanks to some major upgrades tucked in the COVID-19 relief package that President Joe Biden signed into law earlier this month.

The new provisions should enable millions of Americans to get insurance or save money on coverage they already purchased, bolstering the health-care law in precisely the way its architects had always hoped to do. And although the measures are temporary, Biden and his Democratic Party allies have pledged to pass more legislation making the changes permanent.      Continue reading

OPINION: Environment: toxic chemicals threaten humanity – Erin Brockovich

Plummeting sperm counts, shrinking penises: toxic chemicals threaten humanity

The chemicals to blame for our reproductive crisis are found everywhere and in everything.

The end of humankind? It may be coming sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the globe. A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973.

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COVID-19: ‘We Need a People’s Vaccine, Not a Profit Vaccine’: Sen. Bernie Sanders

— Sanders Urges Biden to Support Push to Suspend Pharma Patents

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Capitol Hill on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden to support an India and South Africa-led effort at the World Trade Organization to temporarily suspend coronavirus vaccine-related intellectual property rights in order to facilitate speedy global production and distribution of the life-saving shots—a proposal backed by nearly 70% of U.S. adults and more than 100 nations worldwide.        Continue reading