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Crisis Within a Crisis: How COVID-19 Is Driving the Opioid Epidemic

While the current national health conversation has largely centered on the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in more than 200,000 deaths in the U.S. alone and more than a million worldwide according to recent World Health Organization (WHO) data, another …

COVID-19 a Growing Share of Shrinking Work Comp Claims in 2 States

COVID-19 has become a large chunk of a dwindling number of workers’ compensation claims in Florida and California, limited data shows. The number of COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims reported in California more than quadrupled to 22,621 since the last data …

Companies Risk Losing More Than 40% of Annual Profit on Supply Chain Shocks: McKinsey

Companies risk losing more than 40% of annual profit once a decade in a world threatened by trade wars, cyber attacks, pandemics and climate change, according to McKinsey & Co., which estimates the COVID-19 crisis could top $5 trillion in …

Report Holds Optimistic COVID-19 Recovery View of Cannabis Industry

A new report out examining how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the U.S. cannabis industry shows consumer purchasing spiked, dropped, then started to stabilize in the time between when things began to unravel for the nation in March until recently. In …

How Coronavirus Pandemic Has Disrupted Both Millennials and Boomers

Millennials, are taking a big hit — again. And boomers are not OK, either. Sometimes at odds, America’s two largest generations now have something to agree on: The coronavirus pandemic has smacked many of them at a pivotal time in …

Hawaii’s Quarantine is Reasonable During Pandemic, Judge Says

A U.S. judge will not stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, saying in a ruling that the emergency mandate is reasonable during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of Hawaii, California and …

‘G4’ Swine Flu Virus Is Not New, Does Not Easily Infect Humans: China

SHANGHAI/BEIJING – China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Saturday that the so-called “G4” strain of swine flu virus is not new and does not infect or sicken humans and animals easily, rebuffing a study published earlier this …

Potential New ‘Pandemic Virus’ Has Been Found in Chinese Pigs, Warns Study

SHANGHAI – A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus,” a study said, although experts said there is no imminent …

Insurance Survey: How Is Pandemic Affecting Your Life, Your Work, Your Industry?

No matter where you work in the P/C insurance industry, your experience is important. How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting you now? Going forward? What do you expect to change? When will you be ready to travel? How do you …

Virus from Africa Kills Horses in Thailand, Showing Dangers of Biosecurity Gaps

When horses suddenly started dying in Thailand as the nation locked down to stem the spread of COVID-19, researchers feared the cause was another deadly bat-borne virus that could kill humans. “We had no idea what was causing it,” said …