**Syphilis Rates Remain High in D.C. Due to Lingering Pandemic Impact**

Washington, D.C. – Rates of syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections in the capital city did not return to pre-pandemic levels in 2022, according to a recent annual analysis. The sustained uptick of new cases was attributed to ongoing challenges from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as per District officials. The impact of service interruptions due to clinic closures and people avoiding healthcare settings could be seen in the continued rise of new cases …

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Preventing ‘Disease X’ Pandemic: Scientists Uncover Crucial Strategy for Coexisting Peacefully with Bats

NEW YORK, NY – A groundbreaking study from researchers at Cornell University and the Wildlife Conservation Society has proposed a revolutionary approach to preventing future pandemics: peacefully coexisting with bats. Published in “The Lancet Planetary Health,” the study challenges the common vilification of bats as potential disease carriers and advocates for safeguarding their habitats to reduce the risk of zoonotic spillover. While bats have been known to harbor viruses, including those closely related to COVID-19, …

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China’s Economy Rebounds: Lunar New Year Spending Soars Over 34% After Pandemic

SHANGHAI, China – Travel and spending in China surged during the Lunar New Year holiday, exceeding pre-pandemic levels and indicating an improvement in the country’s economy. According to data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, there were 474 million domestic trips made during the eight-day festival, representing a 34.3% increase from the previous year. Domestic holiday trips in China generated nearly 632.7 billion yuan (equivalent to $87.95 billion), marking a 47.3% year-over-year increase …

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Nicola Sturgeon Denies Pandemic Decisions Were Politically Motivated: Emotional Testimony at UK Covid Inquiry

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Former First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vehemently denied accusations that her decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic were influenced by a desire for Scottish independence. Sturgeon gave evidence to the UK Covid Inquiry in Edinburgh, rejecting claims of secrecy and defending her handling of informal messages relating to pandemic management. Her appearance at the inquiry came amid allegations of deleted WhatsApp messages and accusations that the government sought to avoid scrutiny. Sturgeon admitted to …

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