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  • July 31, 2022 - The Four Seasons

  • July 30, 2022 - What does your Online Image say about you?

    Online Image Data Privacy
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  • July 29, 2022 - Chronic Diseases of Lifestyles

    Chronic Disease shared risk factors
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  • July 28, 2022 - Earth Overshoot Day 2022

    Earth Overshoot Day
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    Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity's demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2022, Earth Overshoot Day lands on July 28.

  • July 28, 2022 - July 28th is World Hepatitis Day

    World Hepatitis Day
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    World Hepatitis Day
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  • July 27, 2022 - Sources of Identity Theft

    ID Theft
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  • July 26, 2022 - How Galaxies are Classified

    Galaxy Distances
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  • July 25, 2022 - What Kind of Twitter User Are You?

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  • July 24, 2022 - Self-care

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  • July 23, 2022 - Measuring the Good Life

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  • July 22, 2022 - Watch 25 Years of Arctic Sea Ice Disappear in 1 Minute

  • July 21, 2022 - What Matters Most to Patients

    What matters most
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  • July 20, 2022 - 53rd Anniversary - July 20, 1969

    National Moon Day

    50th Anniversary First Man on the Moon

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    Man on the Moon
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  • July 19, 2022 - Moms are source of health information

    Mom as source of health information
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  • July 18, 2022 - The Two Epidemics

    Obesity and Diabetes
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  • July 17, 2022 - July 17th is World Emoji Day!

    July 17th is World Emoji Day
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  • July 16, 2022 - Remembering John F. Kennedy Jr. Born: November 25, 1960, Washington, D.C. Died: July 16, 1999 (23 years ago today), Martha's Vineyard, MA

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  • July 15, 2022 - Where do people go online to look for health information?

    Online Health Information Sources
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  • July 14, 2022 - There's no place for lies on a resume

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  • July 13, 2022 - National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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    For more information, see Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - July

  • July 12, 2022 July 12-18, 2022 is World Mask Week #WorldMaskWeek

    World Mask Week
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    For more info: World Mask Week

  • World Mask Week aims to inspire global movement to wear face coverings in public to help stem exponential spread of COVID-19

  • July 12, 2022 - Where do people go off-line to get health information?

    Offline Health Information Sources
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  • July 11, 2022 - Tracking Awareness Week: July 11-15, 2022

    Tracking Awareness Week
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    Environmental Tracking
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    CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is hosting the sixth annual Tracking Awareness Week from July 12-16, 2021. CDC, state and local health departments, partners, researchers, and people interested in environmental health are coming together to highlight important nationwide environmental health issues as well as recognize the work of the Tracking Program.

    The theme of this year's Tracking Awareness Week is Powered by Tracking. This theme will highlight unique data and tools on the Tracking Network that lead to public health action. Tracking is more than data! This theme will also highlight the network of people and partners that power the Tracking Network, and their contributions to creating healthier communities.

    Tracking Awareness Week - July 12-16, 2021

  • July 11, 2022- Visual Treat

  • July 10, 2022 - July 10th is National Kitten Day

    National kitty day

    National Kitten Day

  • July 9, 2022 - NASA Astrophysics

  • July 8, 2022 - Diabetes

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  • July 7, 2021 - Monkeypox

    As of June 26, 2022, there were over 4,000 cases globally.

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  • July 7, 2022 - Health Information Sources

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  • July 6, 2022 - What People Do to Manage Stress?

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  • July 5, 2022 - Why American Adults Save Money

    Reasons for saving
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  • July 4, 2022 - Happy 246th Birthday, America!


    July 4, 2021 DC Fireworks

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    2021 DC fireworks

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    Mickey Happy 4th

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  • July 3, 2022 - Alcohol and July 4th Car Crashes

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  • July 3, 2022 - July 3rd is Global Interdependence Day!

    Global Interdependence Day
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    A day to celebrate our togetherness.
    If there is anything we've learned over the past year it is that we are unquestionably connected. There are millions of people across the globe who are taking action to prioritize the health and well-being of the entire global Human Family. #GlobalInterdependenceDay is a day to acknowledge and celebrate our togetherness. Together, we can elevate and amplify the actions of those trying to create a better tomorrow.

  • July 2, 2022 - July is National Fireworks Safety Month!

    Fireworks Safety Month
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    Fireworks not for everyone

    PTSD and fireworks

  • July 2, 2022 - Remembering the Solar eclipse of 2019: A RARE total eclipse will blot out the Sun over parts of South America and the Pacific

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    July 2, 2019
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    Solar eclipse 2019: A total eclipse of the Sun will occur on July 2, 2019 (Image: GETTY)

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    Solar eclipse 2019: The eclipse happens when the Moon blots out the Sun in the sky (Image: GETTY)

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  • July 1, 2022 - COVID-19 Update.

    As of July 1, 2022, we are still in pandemic mode, since March 11, 2020, when WHO declared the pandemic. COVID-19 has shown no signs of abating, as it comes in surges. Epidemiologists are trying to determine if there is any seasonality to the surges, although it looks like it is too soon to tell. We are in an Omicron sub-variant surge right now with several BA.2 sub-variants and BA.4 and BA.5 are rising, which may cause a surge in the fall.

    July 1, 2022 - How do key COVID-19 metrics compare to previous waves?

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    The way I see it, unless new cases consistently drop over time, we are not in control. While fewer people are dying or being hospitalized, this does not mean the virus is dying out. An explanation for fewer deaths and hospitalizations is there are more people vaccinated now than a year ago. However, there is still not enough people who are fully protected to prevent the virus from finding a home in unprotected or unvaccinated people. And, as long as the virus can infect someone, it will replicate and mutate, which is exactly what it is doing quite proficiently.

    Although most of the preventive practices have fallen apart because various entities have decided to drop the mandates either through declaring they are no longer necessary, or by default by not enforcing such measures as masking, social distancing, requiring proof of testing negative or proof of vaccinations. According to a June 10, 2022 US News and World Report article, 2/3s of Americans should be wearing masks because of high community spread. (

    Those who continue to suffer are the millions who are immunocomromised with pre-existing conditions for which there is no cure, thus, leaving these people vulnerable to infection, hospitalization and death. Researchers have found that infected immunocomprised people are ideal for COVID-19 mutations.

    Data sources for COVID-19 metrics have fallen apart from entities not consistently reporting on new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. The CDC recommendation to check community spread to determine just how safe it is to go without preventive measures is laughable when the data are incomplete, underreported, or not reported all. No one is sure how many tests are being done as the use of home-testing is not tracked in any consistent manner. The most current map provided shows that only 2.17% of the U.S. has low transmission, yet not everyone is masked or social distancing. People are out socializing in crowded indoor venues.

    June 25, 2022

    June 25, 2022 Community Transmission
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    The emphasis on the use of wastewater surveillance methods is promising, but the data collected are not appropriately analyzed to yield actionable findings. The CDC's Web site ( provides a map plotting wastewater data sources, a recently added wastewater metric chart and a list of the results from these sources. None really useful for the average citizen to use to determine how bad COVID-19 is spreading in a particular community.

    However, CDC selected Biobot Analytics to "Expand National Wastewater Monitoring" in May 2022, and the data presentations on The Biobot Network of Wastewater Treatment Plants have been very useful (, judging by the number of likes my tweets of these data have been, which show how regional analyses can really help communities see if they have high community spread, and if they are worse off than other communities.

    June 25, 2022

    Wastewater biobot analysis

    U.S. vaccination rates have been dismal, and how these data are reported can be deceptive. For example, citing statistics for "at least one shot" may yield the highest percentage possible, but is meaningless in terms of assessing the impact of vaccination against COVID-19, as one shot IS NOT PROTECTIVE against COVID-19.

    Furthermore, with the rise of numerous subvariants, boosters have become necessary. Although at this point it is not clear how many boosters will be needed, the frequency of boosters, and for whom. Thus, another misnomer that confuses the proper presentation of vaccination rates is referring to the original two-shot series (for PFizer and Moderna) or one shot (Johnson & Johnson) as "Fully vaccinated." Though it may be true, at the time, that the hope would be getting these initial shots would do the trick, it has turned out not to be case. Now, some have referred to the original vaccinations as the primary series, although no entity has bothered to clarify this to the public and the CDC still presents data for the two-series or one-shot J&J as "Fully vaccinated."

    As of June 26, 2022, CDC still reports "At least one dose" (78.1%), "Fully Vaccinated" (66.9%), "First Booster Dose" (67.1%), "Second Booster Dose" for Population ≥ 50 Years of Age (26.1%), and for Population ≥ 65 Years of Age (32.7%). In the end, the percentage of the US population that can be considered fully protected is between 26.1% and 32.7%, or the number of people who actually got all the shots they were supposed to get, once the vaccine doses became available. Given how low the percentage is for the fully protected, vaccinations have been shown to reduce hospitalizations and mortality. One can only wonder how much better things could be if more people get fully vaccinated, and thus become fully protected.

    June 24, 2022

    CDC Vaccinations

    Part of the problem for these low rates had to do when the Supreme Court ruled in January 2022 that large companies with many employees cannot mandate the vaccinations of their workers. It basically overstepped as the federal government already has an oversight agency to deal with the health and safety of workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As a result of this decision, ALL people working for large companies were at risk for getting infected in the workplace. Terrible decision that it should not have made. (

    The nomenclature imposed by the World Health Organization to identify COVID-19 variants and subvariants have not been useful and confusing. WHO dropping two Greek letters for unexplained reasons (some have alluded to political correctness) made little scientific sense.

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    The use of Greek letters to name variants has not been specific enough to deal with the numerous subvariants that have emerged with the Omicron variant. Currently, the world has been dealing with a number of subvariants. According to GISAID's genomic sequencing, the number of Omicron subvariants continue to grow, but are all referred to as Omicron even though all have distinguishing characteristics and differ in how transmissible they are and how different groups of people respond differently to the sub-variants.

    June 21, 2022

    Omicron Subvariants
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    We still don't know who Patient Zero is. China has not been cooperative with WHO investigations. The predominately theory is still animal spillover at a wet market, but still no definitive animal has been identified. Unless something definitive comes up, the only "sure" explanation right now is the report that the pandemic started on November 17, 2019 and a 55 year old (no gender given) Hubei resident may be the index case.

    The death toll from COVID-19 for the U.S. reached one million in early May 2022, approximately May 5, 2022, or so. The U.S., has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world.

    May 5, 2022

    NBC - US - 1 million deaths

    Preliminary 2021 statistics show that COVID-19 was either 1st, 2nd or 4th cause of death, depending on age group.

    COVID as cause of death

    In January 2022, more people age 15 and older died of COVID-19 than cancer.

    COVID deaths

    In August 2021, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in the U.S.

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    Last year, 600,000 deaths were reached on June 16, 2021. As of July 1, 2021, Biden's hope for 70% of the population to have at least one shot (even though Pfizer and Moderna require 2 shots for full protected) is being dashed as vaccination has come to almost a standstill in many counties with low vaccination rates.

    If you think of March 11, 2020 as the start of the pandemic in the U.S., (when WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic), it's been 16 months with no end in sight. Vaccinations have been slowing down in recent months in the U.S., and many countries are slow in general vaccinating their citizens. Tokyo is still holding the Olympics even though surveys of Japanese citizens say they don't want it. It all comes down to money. If Japan pulls out now, it will cost the country millions.

    As of July 1, 2021, 47.7% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated. If you look at only U.S. adults, it's 57%, so still not the proverbial 70% (but may need to be higher, depending on how bad the variants are in transmitting the virus) for herd immunity.

    Efforts to get people vaccinated include offering free food and drinks, free trips and a chance to win big playing the lottery. There are reports that people would get the shot if they got paid $100. How avaricious people have become! Like, doing it because it's the right thing to do is no longer in the equation! This goes along with the reports of skepticism over why are people being bribed to get vaccinated? What a crazy world!

    Masking continue to be an issue with some, especially after Rochelle Walensky added to the confusion why saying those vaccinated can rip off their masks. Some posit that it has become a social class thing where the rich don't need to wear masks and the working class do.

    I reminded people about the October 2020 White House superspreader event where many were infected for not wearing a mask. (;; and, that vaccinations are protecting the vaccinated from getting infected (

    Feb 14, Mar 14

    July 1st. vaccinations

    How long wearing masks

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    June 16, 2021 - US - 600,000 deaths from COVID-19

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    Global COVID Deaths

    COVID variants

    Pandemic comparisons

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  • January 1, 2022- Happy New Year!

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  • August 25, 2021 - is now 22 Years Old!

    22 years and counting, thanks for visiting over the years!

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    It is hard to believe that it has been 22 years since I published the first webpages that turned into this Web site. Many thanks to the thousands of visitors who contributed millions of hits during the past 22 years, and for all the nice comments along the way. I will continue to strive to make this Web site a worthwhile place to spend your time and find credible public health and health information. Thank you so much!

  • March 1, 2012 - THANK YOU!!!

    3 million hits, as of 2/2012
  • February 1, 2012 - Betty C. Jung's Web site is a Healthy People Consortium Organization

    I Believe in a Healthier Nation for All Americans - Healthy People 2020
    I have always supported Healthy People's goals and objectives. Now, as a Healthy People Consortium Organization I will continue to do so in a more focused way.

    "The Consortium is a diverse, motivated group of agencies and organizations committed to achieving Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives."

    I will continue to add new links to Healthy People 2020 Webpage and post pertinent updates on my Public Health Blog. For starters, click on "Map-It" graphic for "MAP-IT: A Guide To Using Healthy People 2020 in Your Community." Also, check out: Healthy People 2020 program planning tools, a toolkit for program development!

    Get Healthy People 2020 program planning tools: MAP-IT - Healthy People 2020

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