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Posted by Julia Tortorice

Which viruses in history were the fastest to spread throughout society? The NY Requirements team compared the basic reproduction number (R0) of 26 different viruses that require human-to-human transmission to see which were found to spread to the most people during the height of the virus outbreak. The basic reproduction number is a range of the number of people that one person will likely infect with the virus, a commonly used unit to compare the transmission rate of diseases. These infectious viruses can be spread through various methods of transmission, such as respiratory droplets, airborne, fecal-oral, or body fluids. 

In addition to the basic reproduction number of these virus superspreaders, our team also found the number of new cases of each virus, whether it w


Posted by Emily Pazel

Although there has been a lot of information gathered and shared about humans passing diseases and viruses around, you don’t often hear about animals spreading them. Because we can’t directly communicate with animals, it’s hard to know what is harming them or even when they are sick. However, it does happen – probably more often than you think. There are instances where diseases are spread from animal to animal and then also from animal to human and vice versa.

So, how does this work exactly? Pets can be very beneficial to humans on many levels, both physically and mentally. It’s more common than ever these days to see a home with one or more pets in it, and it’s good to know what to look for if your pet may be showing symptoms of carrying a virus or if it’s possible to spread the virus to them.

How to Tell If Your Dog is Sick


Posted by Julia Tortorice

 

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A wide variety of transmissible diseases are passed from one person to another within countries and around the world, but which of these contagious diseases is the biggest health burden in each country? Using burden of disease estimates from the World Heath Organization's (WHO) Global Health Estimates (GHE), we analyzed 40 different communicable diseases to see which types of disease caused the highest loss of daily adjusted life years (DALYs) in each of the countries around the world.


Posted by Emily Pazel

We all get sick from time to time – it’s nature’s way of helping us build up our natural immunity so that we can defend ourselves against disease-causing microorganisms. However, getting sick during this process is never fun for anyone, especially when you already have a fairly busy, stressful schedule. So, the bigger question is: Is there a better way to help build your immune system naturally?

Fortunately, there are different ways to help boost your immune system naturally by adding vitamins and supplements into your diet and making other lifestyle changes to help swing your health into a more positive direction. But before we dive into how to achieve this goal, let’s first talk about the immune system and the role it plays in helping your overall health.

The Immune System 101

Learning about the immune system is hopefully something you learned


Posted by Julia Tortorice

 

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Flesh-eating disease: Just the name alone is enough to send shivers down your spine. But what causes it to develop, and how often are people diagnosed with this horrific condition? You may be surprised to learn that the flesh-eating bacterium that is known to cause necrosis or gas gangrene may be on your skin or in your nose at this very moment. It turns out that the strep bacterium that causes an annoying and painful strep throat is the same microbe that is responsible for causing the most cases of flesh-eating disease.

Read on to see which types of skin-eating bacteria, as well as a certain type of fungus, are responsible for the hundreds of cases of necrotizing fasciitis that occur each year in this infographic from