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COVID-19: One Year Later, A Brief Reflection

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic over a year ago on March 11, 2020 [5]. On the same day, Washington University in St. Louis also announced their Spring Break extension until March 23, 2020, when online instructions would then start [4]. What was initially thought to be over in two weeks has now…

Breathing Through a Pandemic

As most people have probably experienced by now, testing for COVID-19 can be uncomfortable, expensive, time-consuming or a combination of all three. The current standard for testing involves a nasal swab to collect a sample from the back of the nose and throat, which is then analyzed for SARS-CoV-2 RNA by a reverse transcriptase polymerase…

The Pandemic in Uniform

On March 29, 2020, Capt. Brett Crozier sent an email to three admirals with authority over him and copied it to a handful of Navy captains. Crozier was the skipper commanding the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt, deployed in the West Pacific at the time as part of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. The email detailed the…

Time to Vaccinate

The United States leads the world in medical research and healthcare spending. In 2005, President George W. Bush announced a detailed and comprehensive plan written by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent and respond to infectious diseases at the state and federal levels….

The State of Abortion Clinics During the Pandemic

Coronavirus has affected the regular functioning of most systems in the United States, including healthcare. Especially in Missouri, accessing healthcare that is not considered essential has been extremely difficult. The debate around abortion access, a time-sensitive and sometimes life-saving treatment, was accentuated during the pandemic.Some states, such as Mississippi and Alabama, have closed down abortion…

The Future Course of Pandemics

Will we ever learn from our past? Once news broke of COVID-19 and of it being classified as a pandemic, analysts have been reaching back, comparing previous coronavirus pandemics and the lessons that should have come with them. In our current standpoint, the outcome of how this pandemic will play out still remains unclear. Scientists…

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