COVID

Black and Hispanic Americans suffer biggest decline in life expectancy since WWII

BY: - July 31, 2021

Although James Toussaint has never had COVID, the pandemic is taking a profound toll on his health. First, the 57-year-old lost his job delivering parts for a New Orleans auto dealership in spring 2020, when the local economy shut down. Then, he fell behind on his rent. Last month, Toussaint was forced out of his […]

CDC explains delta variant, advises masks, but Montana seems cool to the idea

BY: - July 30, 2021

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issuing new guidelines on masking and research being released by it on Friday that shows already vaccinated people can carry and spread the delta variant as rapidly as those who are not vaccinated, statewide groups are redoubling their efforts for masking and vaccination. On Friday, the Montana […]

COVID renews interest in radiation, but docs warn against radon-filled mines

BY: - July 30, 2021

BOULDER, Mont. — Twice a year, Brian Tichenor makes the 1,200-mile drive each way from his home in Kansas to a defunct uranium mine in Montana, where he takes an elevator 85 feet below the surface to sit amid radioactive radon gas to ease the pain from his chronic eye condition. “I found it like […]

As COVID cases rise and healthcare professionals call for precautions, Montana is left with few viable options

BY: - July 29, 2021

With the number of COVID-19 cases reported hitting a five-month high and vaccination rates stalling, there are few things that are likely to be done to reverse the trend in Montana. On Thursday, a weekly COVID variant report released by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services demonstrates what health officials had been […]

Scientists scramble to unravel the delta variant of COVID

BY: - July 28, 2021

Upon first inspection, the mutations in the highly contagious delta covid variant don’t look that worrisome. For starters, delta has fewer genetic changes than earlier versions of the coronavirus. “When people saw that the epidemic in India was driven by delta, they did not suspect it would be so bad or overtake other variants,” said […]

CDC: Wear masks indoors in areas of high-infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates July 27, 2021 4:57 pm By Laura Olson WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even […]

COMMENTARY

My daughter enrolled in Pfizer’s trial because I don’t trust COVID

BY: - July 25, 2021

On a sunny Wednesday a little more than a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial.  After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo or […]

Collecting FEMA money takes time, tenacity

BY: - July 24, 2021

As a funeral director at Ingold Funeral and Cremation in Fontana, California, Jessica Rodriguez helps families say goodbye to their loved ones. “We serve predominantly Latino families, most of them second- and third-generation” residents, said Rodriguez. “We do have quite a few that are first-generation, that don’t speak any English.” Most are unaware of a […]

Wildfire smoke drives people in low-vaccinated areas indoors, raising outbreak fears in Montana

BY: - July 22, 2021

MISSOULA, Mont. — Missoula’s new downtown library was teeming with people who might typically spend a Saturday afternoon hiking, biking or otherwise making the most of Montana’s abundant outdoor recreation. One look at the soupy haze blanketing the city and it was clear why. “We’re definitely trying to stay out of the smoke,” Charlie Booher […]

For toddlers, pandemic shapes formative years

BY: - July 20, 2021

CASTLE POINT, Mo. — Lucretia Wilks, who runs a small day care out of her home in north St. Louis County, is used to watching young children embrace, hold hands and play together in close quarters. But the COVID-19 pandemic made such normal toddler behavior potentially unsafe. “It’s weird that they now live in a […]

Boeing tested air purifiers like those used in schools. It decided not to use them.

BY: and - July 19, 2021

Aerospace giant Boeing tested two kinds of ionization technologies — like those widely adopted in schools hoping to combat COVID— to determine how well each killed germs on surfaces and decided that neither was effective enough to install on its commercial planes. Boeing noted in its conclusion that “air ionization has not shown significant disinfection […]

Missoula, Great Falls and Bozeman to keep federal metropolitan designation

BY: - July 13, 2021

Sen. Jon Tester literally put Great Falls, Missoula and likely Bozeman on the map. Montana’s senior United States Senator was informed on Tuesday that his charge to keep the federal Office of Budget and Management from changing the definition of “metropolitan statistical area” was successful. That means Great Falls and Missoula will not fall off […]