19: In New York City, 19 people have been affected by an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which is caused by a bacterium. One person has died, and eight are currently hospitalized.
1.25: The baby formula shortage is expected to continue until July. In the meantime, the U.S. government will distribute another 1.25 million cans of imported baby formula.
3: In Chicago, three women died inside a senior housing facility during a heatwave. Because of climate change, deadly heat waves can strike just about anywhere, at times outside of summer, and don’t need to last long to cause damage.
1. Guns in America
Last week’s shooting in Uvalde, Texas, was a grim reminder that, in the United States, children are more likely to die from gun violence than in any other high-income country. Many have again asked why the U.S. has failed to make any significant changes to its gun laws, especially as the threat to the nation’s children and teenages appears to be getting worse.
In the wake of the recent mass shootings, Canada is working to pass legislation to freeze handgun sales and buy back assault-style rifles. Many of the United States’ other wealthy democratic peers have already instituted tighter restrictions to curb gun violence. So, how does U.S. gun policy compare to other countries?
2. Our Shared Grief
Collective grief occurs when a group of people — like a city, country or those belonging to a particular race or ethnicity — share an extreme loss. After the Texas shooting and two-years of a pandemic among other mass tragedies, you may be feeling the unwelcome and all-too-familiar constellation of emotions: sadness, anger, shock, frustration and helplessness. The cumulative effect of what we’ve experienced is yet to be seen, but there are things you can do right now.
Processing collective grief starts with being able to recognize what you’re feeling, and understanding that your emotions are all valid. Experts recommend finding a release for your emotions, through practices like journaling or exercising, and offer more tips on managing grief here.
3. Outbreaks That Aren't COVID-19
For the last two years, diseases other than COVID-19 have been in retreat. Remember when there were fears of a twindemic, in which COVID-19 and influenza would overwhelm hospital systems? Instead, the last two influenza seasons have been relatively mild. Over the past few months, pandemic restrictions have been lifted. The viral and bacterial nuisances that were on hiatus are returning — and behaving in unexpected ways.
Take the outbreaks we’ve covered in The Observer over the last two weeks: monkeypox and unexplained hepatitis in children. Monkeypox, generally only found in Africa, is now causing outbreaks in more than a dozen countries. Adenovirus 41, previously thought to cause bouts of gastrointestinal illness, might be behind 650 severe hepatitis cases seen worldwide in children.
What’s changed? Turns out it’s us, not the viruses and bacteria.
The sometimes stinky but oh-so-helpful sponge sitting in your sink is teeming with microbes. You probably already knew that, but the repeated contact with dishes and countertops isn’t the only reason it’s full of tiny creatures. New research suggests the sponge’s unique structure plays a role too, and it could even inspire a new way to grow bacteria for research.
Great job! There you go, making it to the bottom of the newsletter. Now go get yourself a drink of water and hydrate — it’s good for your health! – MO
By Claire Cleveland, science writer
Edited by Shannon Mullane, senior editor
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