Almost one hundred years ago, a global pandemic eerily similar to COVID-19 swept through the country. The Influenza Pandemic of 1918, also known as the Spanish Flu, left 8500 Wisconsin residents dead. It also forced mass closures of business and mandatory quarantine orders. Earlier today, WORT producer Jonah Chester spoke with Jim Malewitz, Investigations Editor […]
The Wuhan coronavirus continues to rage across mainland China, with health officials wondering if and when the illness will tip into a pandemic. This week on “What’s the Word,” Adam Schuster takes a look at “viruses,” their peculiar processes and how they’ve become so deeply entangled in our lives.
You’ve likely heard doctor’s warnings about flu season before, but what about cross-species infection? As humans continue to encroach on biodiverse regions around the world, the likelihood of human interactions with new deadly pathogens increases. And to make matters worse, scientists have already confirmed a human cold virus infecting a population of wild chimpanzees in […]