Top Survival News of the Week #6/18

February 10, 2018

Here's what's been going on this week

 

Health

 

South Korea - A norovirus outbreak has been confirmed in the South Korean town of Peyongchang. This also happens to be where the winter olympics are currently being held. 

 

==> Read article about norovirus here

 

So far there are now 128 cases of the virus. Many security guards have been pulled off there shifts due to the sickness.

 

United States - Life expectancy in the United States has dropped again to 78.6 years. A decrease of 0.1 years since 2015.

 

==> Read about life expectancy here

 

It was quoted that the drop was largest with "middle-age white Americans and those living in rural communities." The main factors in the drop seem to be drugs, alcohol, and suicide.

 

Also, scientists are now saying that viruses and bacteria are literally falling from the sky. Scientists have said that viruses are floating up in the troposphere and and float back down to earth.

 

==> Read about virus in the atmosphere here

 

Flu - The flu is continuing to get worse and health officials say that now it is as bad as the 2009 Swine Flu epidemic.

 

==> Read about flu here

 

Also, the CDC is reporting that this flu is responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in the United States. Or about 4,000 per week.

 

==> Read about flu deaths here

 

I know, I know, I say it every week. If you're sick, STAY HOME! It's important. Depending on where you live now though allergies are starting to spark up. It's important to know the differences. Don't just assume you've got allergies. You could be spending more sickness.

 

Environmental

 

Chicago - the windy city is expecting a total of 20 inches of snow by Friday.

 

==> Read about Chicago snow forecast here

 

Economics

 

United States - The U.S. debt is expected to almost triple since the end of 2017. At the end of 2017 the United State's budget was at 500 million and is expected to reach 1.4 billion by the end of fiscal year 2018. 

 

==> Read about debt increase here

 

Now tax cuts should stimulate the U.S. economy. However, if congress does not reverse this spending trend America may find itself in a financial crisis not seen since the depression in the 30's.

 

 

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