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Posted by Julia Tortorice

Since early May of 2022, cases of mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, have been reported from countries where the disease is not endemic (meaning countries where it is not regularly occurring). Most confirmed cases that involved recent travel were linked to visiting countries in Europe and North America; this is alarming because previous cases came from West or Central Africa, where the mpox virus is endemic. This is the first time in history when many mpox cases have been reported simultaneously in non-endemic and endemic countries that are geographically distant. Fortunately, most cases of mpox are not fatal, and there has been a vaccine approved under an Emergency Use Authorization due to the declaration of a public health emergency. But where are the most cases of monkeypox found in the United States? To help spread aware

Posted by Julia Tortorice

Child abuse is a hidden epidemic that is happening around the globe, and the United States is no exception. In fact, out of all of the industrialized nations, the U.S. has one of the worst records of child abuse. According to child abuse statistics shared by the nonprofit Childhelp, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds in the United States.

Where in the U.S. are children suffering the most from abuse? NY Requirements put together this visual to determine which states have the highest rates of child abuse cases. Our team pulled data from the Child Maltreatment 2020 report compiled by the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to find the number of child victims in each state in 2020. The nu

Posted by Julia Tortorice

The number of STD cases in the United States has been surging over the past few years, with more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis diagnosed in 2020. According to the CDC, STD rates have reached an all-time high and the progress the agency had made to control the spread of STDs has “unraveled.” Less than 20 years ago, the number of new STD cases was far lower, with chlamydia being easier to detect, gonorrhea rates at historic lows, and syphilis close to being eliminated. 

The team at NYRequirements.com wanted to know if certain areas of the country were being hit harder by this uptick in common STDs. Using county data collected through the CDC’s

Posted by Emily Pazel

The weather’s warming up, the family vacations are planned and the kids are nearly out of school for the summer – what could be better? As the sun becomes more intense throughout the summer months, you might start to notice that it takes less and less time for your skin to start getting sunburnt while participating in outdoor activities. And while it’s always nice to get some Vitamin D and have glowing, radiant skin, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be damaging to your skin if left unprotected.

If you are planning a family vacation that involves traveling to a state where the sun’s ultraviolet rays are more intense, such as Florida, then you really have to think about young children and infants whose skin is at more risk for sunburn while outside. Being knowledgeable about how the sun and heat can damage your skin is the start of the best way to protect yourself

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