Seattle Faces a Pandemic: Part 2 of “Pandemic in Seattle”

We present the second installment of a 4-part comic strip commemorating the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Stay tuned in to the Public Health Insider to see a new chapter each week this month! This comic strip series, illustrated by David Lasky and written by Meredith Li-Vollmer, commemorates the centennial of the Great Pandemic of […]

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Seattle a Century Ago: Pandemic in Seattle, Part 1

One hundred years ago this fall a terrible influenza outbreak arrived in King County and Washington state, part of a pandemic that had spread around the globe. Just ten years ago, artist David Lasky and I created our first comic book together, No Ordinary Flu, that told what happened in the United States during the […]

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How Smoke from Forest Fires Affects Your Health

This article was originally posted on Right as Rain, the blog by UW Medicine.  BY VANESSA RAYMOND If you lived in the Pacific Northwest last summer, you already know what it’s like when forest fire smoke becomes a part of your day to day. There’s that whole weird apocalyptic feeling, but what about its health effects? […]

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What I learned about resilience from the Thai soccer team rescue

Like many, I avidly followed the rescue of the Thai soccer team from the cave, perhaps obsessively so. I found myself grabbing my phone first thing in the morning to check on their status.  I may have tested the patience of my teenage daughter with the frequency of my texted updates. With the rest of […]

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Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then you better get ready.

The forecast says that there’s a possibility–just a possibility, mind you–of snow on Christmas Eve and flurries on Christmas Day. And while that does sound delightful in a Bing Crosby-kind-of-way, snow can catch us off guard, especially if we have health needs. Snow, road closures, and your health When snow closes roads, it’s hard for […]

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Four numbers that count for Medic One/Emergency Medical Services

Our King County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) experts like to measure things that matter. Things like lives saved. People helped. Fast responses. Measuring performance is important, because it’s how we learn what’s working, and how we can continue to improve in saving lives and getting care to people when they need it. This year’s Emergency Medical Services […]

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