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Blood centers will collect plasma from COVID-19 survivors in hopes of treatment

Blood donation centers across the U.S. are ramping up efforts to collect plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 in hopes it could be used to save the lives of others infected with the pandemic disease.... Read more»

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Coronavirus: 'Our goal should be to crush the curve'

A doctor-scholar who studied the 1976 mishandling of swine flu says the president is wrongly choosing between saving lives and saving the economy.... Read more»

The way we were

Today's coronavirus pandemic has parallels to 1917-18 influenza outbreak

The current national emergency has drawn comparisons to the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918, which killed tens of millions. Though the loss of life was tragic for the community, decisive action by local officials prevented the sort of disaster that was seen in other places.... Read more»

Az public health leaders prepared to battle coronavirus, Ducey says

Arizona health officials have the go-ahead to test at the state level for coronavirus cases and are awaiting test results for a second potential case of COVID-19, a novel disease that has sickened nearly 89,000 worldwide and killed six in the U.S., public health officials said Monday. ... Read more»

Experts: It’s not too late to vaccinate for possibly strong flu strain

Arizona is still about a month away from peak flu season, but medical experts are advising residents to get vaccinated “sooner rather than later” to head off an expected variant of the H1N1 virus.... Read more»

Mexico sees spike in H1N1 swine flu cases, 68 people dead

Mexico has seen a sharp jump in cases of the virus H1N1, popularly known as swine flu, killing 68 people so far this flu season, according to health ministry data. ... Read more»

Season’s dominant flu strain especially harmful to young people

Young people are being hit harder by this year’s flu season, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those ages 18 to 64 accounted for 61 percent of all influenza-related hospitalizations, compared with an average of 35 percent in previous years.... Read more»

Swine flu claims 166 lives in Mexico this year

A total of 166 people have died in Mexico so far this year from swine flu, with a 23 percent increase in deaths in one week alone, according to health authorities.... Read more»

H1N1 down – but definitely not out – this flu season

A state health official says that the worst of H1N1 passed last flu season, but don't put away the hand sanitizer just yet. "We expect H1N1 to be back again this year because that's what happens when we have pandemics," said Dr. Karen Lewis.... Read more»