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Influenza

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    5 Ways to Have the Flu in New York City

    The only way you haven't heard about the flu outbreak is if you are still indoors fighting last year's flu. It's here, it's disgusting, and it's a big fan of the film Contagion. While a new flu vaccine called "Flublok" was just approved today an FDA spokesperson told the NYTimes that the timing of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    This Week in Disgusting Disease Outbreaks: Swine Flu

    This news shouldn't put a damper on your weekend activities, unless you really had your heart set on going to an ag fair -- like all of these that take place in New York. The Centers for Disease Control has reported that there's been an outbreak of swine flu strain -- with 145 diagnosed cases sinc ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    The LIRR's New "Gap Rap" Disappointing Compared to Debut Swine Flu Effort

    ​Because rapping is by far the best way to communicate a public service message, the Long Island Railroad -- which has had a number of people sustain injuries and/or die by falling into the gap between the platform and train despite signs and announcements warning them otherwise -- has a new r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Shad Roe Makes a Comeback; Cooking Schools Prey on the Unemployed

    ​Smithfield Foods has posted its first quarterly profit since the swine flu outbreak more than a year ago led to a steep decline in sales. The Chinese and Russian ban on pork product imports may also soon be lifted. [Wall Street Journal] Marines can finally satisfy their hankering for the Ara ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    What's With All The Wipes?

    ​ The world has turned into one giant butt and everyone's approaching it with miles and miles of wipes. You know, Clorox Wipes or Glass Plus Wipes or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes ("kills flu virus") or any kind of wipes, all designed to scrub any imaginable surface into sparkling cleanness. I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Low Turnout Means Plenty of Swine Flu Vaccine, Weekend Clinics

    ​When everyone was worried about swine flu vaccine shortages, the city concentrated on getting schoolchildren immunized and discouraged "healthy, non-elderly adults" from getting shots. But at the last weekend clinics, the Times reported unexpectedly low turnout. Now the city, awash in vaccin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Swine Flu Pet Scare Minimized, as Only the Pets Will Suffer

    ​In the wake of yesterday's revelation that a cat in Iowa had swine flu, U.S. News & World Reports rushes to assure us, "Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe." The experts they summon, however, hedge their bets alarmingly. "This really is not a practical issue at this point, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Swine Flu Vaccine PANIC: Do We Have Enough, and Will It Kill Us?

    Swine flu vaccines will be in New York schools next week -- unless they run out: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius admits there's not enough to go around at present. "Demand is ahead of the yield," she says; Senator Joe Lieberman says there are 30 million doses available, as oppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Dennis Hopper Out of New York Hospital After Flu Scare

    ​You may have heard that Dennis Hopper was hospitalized in New York yesterday for "flu-like symptoms." Since Hopper is 73, came in via ambulance and emergency room, and some flu strains have been killing people, that may have been cause for concern. But Hopper has been discharged from the hosp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Hospital Boss Rips City's Swine Flu Prep

    As CEO of MediSys Health Network, David Rosen runs four city hospitals, which gives him some room to talk about swine flu. And he says the city isn't doing shit to prepare for the anticipated second wave of H1N1 this fall. "We're a week away from schools reopening and there's been no discussion... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Bloomberg's New Swine Flu Plan: "Flu Centers," Sesame Street

    ​We might call this "David Rosen gets action": Mayor Bloomberg has outlined the city's new plans to meet the swine flu threat. Along with free vaccinations for grade school students, the city will turn some of its medical clinics into "flu centers" at which citizens may obtain information and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    CDC Says 10% of New York Caught Swine Flu; So Where's the PANIC?

    We understand there is a difference between "counter-intuitive" and "bullshit," but we're not sure which applies to the Centers for Disease Control's claim that 800,000 New Yorkers caught swine flu this year. That's one-tenth of the city's population. We realize that many of the cases have been in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Get Ready for Swine Flu 2 with Dangerous Vaccines, Video Game

    ​Those of us who remember the Swine Flu PANIC of '09 may be interested to learn from the Associated Press that "NYC schools prepare for 2nd outbreak of swine flu." These epidemics historically come in pairs, and the second is usually worse. AP mainly notes anecdotal portents -- "Sharing water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    You May Want to Avoid Jens Lekman for the Next Week or So

    Jens Lekman has the H1N1 virus, better known as swine flu. Yeesh. Apparently, everyone's favorite Swedish chamber-pop/disco/folk singer contracted the virus while on tour in South America, and is recovering at home in Sweden. Lekman began feeling sick while flying home from Chile, told a flight atte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    15th New York Swine Flu Victim, 11, Identified

    After a series of anonymous swine flu victims were announced, the Daily News has revealed that one of them was Sarah Michel, 11-year-old sixth-grader at Intermediate School 609, aka Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice (pictured), an all-girls magnet school in Brooklyn. She reportedly was out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    WHO Declares Level 6 Swine Flu PANICdemic; Fist Bumps Suggested

    We seem to be experiencing a swine-flu comeback. After the assurances of the mayor and health commissioner that "underlying conditions" were behind the few deaths we'd seen in the city, things were pretty quiet for a while. Then we heard about an eighth death ("the first of a person older than 65") ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Feel Sick? Swine Flu PANIC, Suggests Health Department

    Last month, it's likely that more than half a million New Yorkers got swine flu and didn't even know it. Yesterday the New York Department of Health released a report finding that in May seven percent of New Yorkers experienced a flu-like illness. While this could merely suggest widespread PANIC, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Swine Flu Kills 2, Maybe, in NY; "Underlying" Factors Again Cited; Mets Deny Infection

    The Department of Health says two more New Yorkers may have died from swine flu. As usual, they're being tight with info, telling Reuters the unnamed victims "were in the 25-64 age range." Fox News, with its more aggressive reporters, nails that down to "mid-40s," but as with most of the local swin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    11-Week-Old 5th Suspected Swine Flu Death in City

    Oddly, after a few suspected swine flu deaths which were announced but whose victims remain unnamed, we learn that 11-week-old Steven Montañez is thought to have died from the virus this weekend. Both "the boy's family and an official close to his case" tell the Daily News the infant went unc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    2 More Swine Flu Deaths; Schools Open, Close

    Nine of the 23 city schools that were closed for suspected swine flu last week are reopening tomorrow -- but six more schools are closing in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Meanwhile two new presumed swine flu deaths in New York have been announced: in addition to Queens Assistant Principal Mitchell Wiener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Dead Toddler Appears Free of Swine Flu, But PANIC Persists

    New York officials are saying that the 18-month-old whose death triggered a new round of swine flu PANIC, Jonathan Zamora of Queens, did not have swine flu, at least as determined by analysis of nasal swabs. To be extra sure they are sending tissue samples to the CDC. amNY reports that this announc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    4 More Schools Close for Swine Flu

    To the 11 schools that were recently closed due to suspected swine flu infection, you can add P.S. 209 and its special affiliate, P9, in Whitestone, P.S. 19 in Corona, and P.S. 32 in Flushing. New York State's swine flu case count is at 259, with 186 in the city. Oh, and there might be a new case in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2009

    Queens Assistant Principal with Swine Flu Dies; More Schools Close

    Mitchell Wiener, the Assistant Principal of Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, Queens who was reported critically ill with swine flu last week, has succumbed. He was 55 Though he was in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator, his family held out hope as recently as this weekend because his c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    The French Eat & Sleep More than the Rest of Us; Mexicans Try to Push Pork

    The French spend more time eating and drinking than the rest of the world, according to a new study. Other findings include how the Turkish spend their free time: 35 percent of it is for entertaining friends; while Mexicans and the Japanese spend half their free time watching television. [CNN] For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Queen Asst. Principal "Critically Ill" with Swine Flu; 3 Schools Close (UPDATE: 3 Schools Shut All Next Week)

    Looks like it's time to PANIC again: a Queens assistant principal is reported "critically ill" with swine flu. The Times says the unidentified educator is on a respirator. Three Queens schools -- P.S. 5 in Elmhurst, Intermediate School 5 in Corona, and Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, aka the Susa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Statement about H1N1 Flu by Voice Editor Tony Ortega (UPDATED)

    This morning, we received a report that one of our news interns may be ill with swine flu.This has not been confirmed, and we are currently trying to get more information about it. However, to be safe we have cautioned our employees and are having a cleaning crew scrub the entire office this evening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Happy Cinco De Mayo! Bloomberg Appointee Resigns After Slurring Mexicans

    It's Cinco de Mayo, and while Mayor Mike Bloomberg is basking in (more!) endorsements from Mexican community leaders today, one of his appointees has just resigned over slurs she made against Mexicans. In response to the swine flu outbreak, Betsy Perry, a member of Bloomberg's prestigious Commissi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    You Might Have No Control Over What You Eat; Paris' Le Fooding Coming to America

    A new study has revealed differences in the brains of people who are good at controlling their urges--like, say, overeating--versus those who aren't. Apparently, we all use the same part of the brain to make decisions, but a second part of the brain in people with good self-control can help them cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Swine Flu PANIC Lessens Despite Level 5 Upgrade and Joe Biden

    The World Health Organization upgraded the worldwide swine flu panic to Level 5, but out our way people are still walking around as if nothing much were happening, though another local school, Bishop Kearney in Bensonhurst, has been closed. Twitterers are getting sick, not from swine flu but of it: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Swine Flu PANIC Reaches White House!

    One of Obama's aides has apparently come down with a SSF (suspected swine flu). After accompanying the President on his recent Mexican trip, the unnamed aide exhibited flu-like symptoms -- though he has recovered since -- and passed the illness on to his family members, who are being tested for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Swine Being Tested for Swine Flu; Former FDA Head Pens Expose on Overeating

    A study from the University of California, Irvine has revealed that the oleic acids found in fatty foods are converted into a memory-enhancing agent when digested. Drugs that are said to mimic this action are being tested. [BBC] An Israeli health official has called for swine flu to be renamed "Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Swine Flu PANIC! Continues; First U.S. Death; Big Pork Forces Name Change

    A poor Mexican child, who travelled with his family from his native land to Brownsville, Texas, has died just short of his second birthday from swine flu. The attendant headlines all read "First U.S. Swine Flu Death," and everyone is panicking even more, as is their patriotic duty. The Times hollers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    M.I.A. Back on the Animal Flu Beat

    Couldn't be more excited for this, assuming it's a song ("Bird Flu" sequel?) and not a reference to creative difficulties or imminent death.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Your Morning Dose of Swine Flu Panic

    You already know that we're all going to die of swine flu. But! Did you know that the World Health Organization -- sponsored by the U.N., which patriots normally deride and ignore unless they need to be scared -- has upgraded the pandemic threat level from 3 to 4? That means "sustained human to huma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Swine Flu in Queens, Elsewhere in U.S.; Mexico Death Toll Over 100

    A sickness that people get from having direct contact with pigs has now spread to kids in New York. Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control confirmed that eight children at a Queens prep school have contracted swine flu, a strain of flu common in pigs and extremely rare in humans. Only twelve tota ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    New York Swine Flu Cases Up to 28; More Mexican Deaths

    The CDC now has New York's new swine flu cases at 28. The Mayor confirms the news. The U.S. total is now 40. The outbreak is said to be affecting the stock market. The Times is taking reader questions about the virus, to be answered later by their health reporter Pam Belluck. Michigan may be added ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 13, 2008

    WILD KINGDOM

    John Oliver’s out of his cage again

  • News

    November 15, 2005

    Capitalizing on the Flu

    Flu pandemic would spark enough fear to make it a greed pandemic

  • News

    October 12, 2004

    Down With the Flu

    Bush takes a shot at answering the big question about vaccine

  • News

    August 3, 2004

    Hatching a Plot

    Alabama's eggheads ponder how to protect their hens, roosters corporations mount a schmear campaign during the conventions

  • Theater

    February 3, 2004

    Playing Doctor

    Will Eno's infectious new play provokes hot and cold flashes

  • News

    December 29, 1998

    Zapping the Common Cold

    Viral infections, from flu to hepatitis, have long been considered untreatable. But that's about to change.

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