WSJ: An Action Plan for Averting the Next Flu Pandemic

Dr. Jonathan Quick has written a piece for the Wall Street Journal.

This year’s flu season is hitting early and hard, the worst the U.S. has seen in more than a decade. Every day more people are falling ill and getting hospitalized, and some are dying, including young children. Though we are not yet at the peak of flu season, schools have closed in communities across 49 infected states. Businesses can expect employee absenteeism to soar, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect the death toll to rise. []

We’re Not Ready for a Flu Pandemic

Dr. Michael Osterholm has penned a new op-ed in the Times.

The influenza season is just getting started in the United States, and it already promises to be more severe than usual. Hospital emergency rooms are filling up with flu sufferers, and pharmacies have reported medicine shortages. Twelve children had died as of last month. To make matters worse, in Australia, which experienced its flu season four to six months ago, the current vaccine appeared to be only about 10 percent effective against this year’s dominant strain. [].

Read Amie Parnes on why “Prospect of President Winfrey thrills Dems” for The Hill

After Oprah’s Golden Globes speech, Amie Parnes’s offers her latest column for The Hill.

A rousing speech by Oprah Winfrey touching on politics and the #MeToo movement provided a jolt of excitement to Democrats who believe she could reenergize the party and defeat Donald Trump in 2020. Within minutes of her speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Winfrey was trending on social media. The next day, the possibility of a “President Winfrey” dominated the headlines and the cable news cycles. While Winfrey has previously ruled out a political bid, her camp on Monday did little to temper the talk. []

Helen Thorpe’s latest called “a delicate and heartbreaking mystery story” by The New York Times

While President Trump was campaigning on the wall, Helen Thorpe spent a year inside a “newcomer class” for teenage refugees from Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Central America. Her resulting book, “The Newcomers,” is a delicate and heartbreaking mystery story, as Thorpe slowly uncovers the secret catastrophes in the lives of young immigrants at South High School in Denver. They arrive mute, and they gradually gain the words and confidence to describe the journeys that led to the classroom. []