As summer heats up and coronavirus cases continue to surge, pregnant women of color in particular face the greatest health risks.
Zahra HirjiIn reporting on this study, I learned from my mother that I was born 3 weeks early, during what she recalled as a heat wave. When I asked UCLA's @alanbarreca about it, sharing with him my birthday & county of birth, he confirmed: “You are the data!”
Zahra HirjiAt least 339 suspected or confirmed cases of the mysterious coronavirus-linked syndrome in kids have been reported in 26 states, according to a BuzzFeed News review of data from local health departments. About half of those cases are in NY.
Due to limited data, the true scale of health care worker infections is still unknown.
Zahra HirjiAt least 5,400 nurses, doctors, and other health care workers responding to the coronavirus outbreak in the US have been infected by the disease, and dozens have died, according to a BuzzFeed News review of data reported by every state + DC.
Zahra Hirji.@NationalNurses shared some numbers on US nurse infections with me @BuzzFeedNews: At least 29 registered nurses have died nationwide, including 3 of their members, and 222 of their members have so far tested positive for COVID-19.
“This pandemic isn’t an excuse for polluters to ignore the law and for EPA to let them get away with it,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said.
Zahra HirjiEXCLUSIVE: Lawmakers are pushing back against a sweeping rollback of pollution regulations recently announced by the EPA in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a letter from two Senators shared w/ @BuzzFeedNews
Whether more people should wear masks has become one of the fiercest debates of the coronavirus pandemic. New data about how the virus spreads may be tipping the scales.
Zahra Hirji“I suspect probably if everyone wore masks, and alongside all social distancing, you’d probably see a reduction in transmission,” one researcher told me @buzzfeednews. “The masks don’t give you a normal life back, unfortunately.”
“We’re just praying every day we don’t end up in a state of anarchy,” one mayor said.
Zahra HirjiWhen flooding and coronavirus collide: “I think we can anticipate that as we move forward, we will see more burnout for our first responders, greater depletions of our supplies, and greater demand for more recovery money"
Zahra HirjiFor Midwestern leaders, the threat of coronavirus & flooding is offering a crash course in how to plan & respond to multiple types of disasters simultaneously.
In a warming world, overlapping & compounding disasters will likely be the new normal.