Q&A: Infectious Disease Dr. Murthy: “We Are Not Out of the Woods Yet”

As top health experts paint a bleak picture of the pandemic and warn of the dangers of reopening the country too soon, many individuals are feeling uneasy and unsure about what comes next. To help illuminate the path forward, Ms. associate digital editor Roxy Szal spoke with Dr. Rekha Murthy, MD about testing capabilities; what differentiates coronavirus from other infectious diseases, like the flu; the feasibility of herd immunity; and what’s giving her some much-needed hope.

Another Egregious Attack on Reproductive Health by Trump Administration

John Barsa, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has asked for all references to sexual and reproductive health to be removed from the UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan. Barsa claims the U.N. is using the pandemic to advance access to abortion by including it as an “essential” health service.

Here’s the thing: Abortion is essential health care —including during a pandemic.

No One Should Have to Die Alone

Dying alone is not unique to a pandemic. In ordinary times, millions of people, including children, spend long hours in the hospital without a loved one present.

In these cases, the orders come not from medical personnel but from a boss: “If you take leave to be with this family member, you will lose your pay.” For many, the order goes further: “If you leave, don’t come back. You will lose your job and your health insurance.”

Today in Feminist History: “Votes for Women!” [and Parades Too!] (May 24, 1913)

So enthusiastic are local suffrage supporters that the last of the speeches was not the end of the day’s activities. Three “flying squads” of suffragists are now driving their automobiles around the area promoting the cause to anyone who may have missed the parade and rally. Jessie Hardy Stubbs is in charge of Hempstead, Elizabeth Freeman is in Rockville Center, and May Morgan is converting Sea Cliff residents as our campaign for suffrage in the Empire State rolls on with the same renewed vigor here that it has experienced nationwide.