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What is the fungus among us?

                                                    

There IS a Fungus Among Us

 

Terry Noland released the song “There Was a Fungus Among Us” in the 1950’s, but the title “There IS a Fungus Among Us” might be more...

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Valley Fever is not the flu, and mistaking it as such can be deadly


Valley Fever is not the flu, and mistaking it as such can be deadly

Coccidioides is the fungus that lives in loamy soils throughout California.  When this soil is disturbed by wind, agricultural and construction work, large equipment or digging, the fungus is released into the air, and when inhaled, causes Valley Fever. Valley Fever symptoms include fever, cough, headaches and chills.  Because these symptoms resemble illnesses such as the common cold and flu, it is often...

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What is Uber Freight and Why is it Helping the Truck Labor Shortage



Uber Freight is an expansion of the traditional Uber app but instead of transporting people from place to place like a taxi service, Uber freight is more of a generic trucking and shipping company with the classic Uber self-employed twist. Through their app, they allow businesses to connect to trucking companies or self managed commercial drivers in order to transport shipments.

With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, employment in almost every industry is down and...

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Valley Fever is not just a summer thing


Valley Fever is not just a summer thing

Valley Fever used to be more common in hot, dry summer months in Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Merced, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Monterey and Madera counties.  Now, due to drought conditions that keep the soil warm and dry, Valley Fever occurs year-round.

 

There are some things that can be done all year to keep employees safe.

-        Limit exposure to outdoor dust.

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What employees can do to minimize their risk of getting Valley Fever