What We Know About the Delta Variant: An Executive Guide

After more than a year of dealing with COVID, a newfound sense of optimism began to take over a few months ago. Vaccinations were available, case counts were low, and we seemed to have turned the corner on the pandemic. Since then, however, the Delta various has thrown us for a loop, bringing back the sense of unease that exemplified the early stages of the pandemic in 2020. This feeling of trepidation is only natural; while Delta is technically a COVID variant, it differs from the original disease in many major — and alarming — ways. With understanding, however, comes…

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Surviving the Dog Days of August: Protecting At-Risk Individuals From Intense Summer Heat

Fall is fast approaching, and with it, a much-anticipated transition from heat and humidity to cool, brisk weather. Before lower temperatures arrive, however, we may need to endure a few more brutally hot days. Summer heat isn’t just uncomfortable; it can be downright dangerous for vulnerable individuals. Issues such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke become more common as the temperature spikes — and often, just a few degrees are enough to place vulnerable people at risk. Thankfully, it’s possible to avoid such problems — even on the hottest, most uncomfortable days. Keep reading to learn whether you or your…

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Diving into Pool Safety

With summer right around the corner and temperatures on the rise, many families will soon be looking for ways to get out of the house and cool down. State and local governments are beginning to relax pandemic restrictions in accordance with CDC guidelines, meaning beaches and pools are once again becoming tempting escapes. After being away for so long, it can be easy to forget how dangerous any body of water can be, particularly for children. Before your next trip to the public pool, read through these quick suggestions for the best ways to keep you and your family safe:…

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Infections That Peak in the Spring and Summer: What Can Be Done to Avoid Them?

Winter and illness seem to go hand-in-hand. Ordinarily, the cold months represent the height of flu season. In 2020, cold weather also ushered in the most deadly COVID surges. Surprisingly, however, some infections are actually more prevalent in the spring and summer, as we discuss below: Chickenpox Although often seen in late winter, chickenpox tends to peak in the first few months of spring. Experts regard this as a seasonal illness, although many have been relieved to see vaccination efforts keep the spread to a minimum. Still, minor outbreaks continue to occur in April and May, Outbreaks are also common…

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Playing Spring Sports While Social Distancing — How to Have Fun AND Stay Injury-Free

  Competitive and recreational sports are starting to return after a long COVID-prompted break. Athletes are eager to hit the field, but even in outdoor environments, some element of risk remains. Still, it’s possible to get involved in spring sports without compromising your health, as we explain below: Avoid Locker Rooms So far, evidence suggests that limited spread occurs during actual athletic events. The bigger problem? Indoor settings such as restrooms and locker rooms, where athletes are more likely to be in close contact — often without masks. While changing prior to and after events may seem inconvenient, it’s the…

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Adjusting to Society Opening Up After COVID — Tips for Staying Safe And Sane

  The light has finally arrived at the end of the long tunnel that is the COVID pandemic. The vaccine rollout is going better than expected — and millions of the most vulnerable individuals have already been inoculated. Variants remain a concern, but we can finally begin to think about returning to the activities we took for granted prior to the pandemic. Nothing is risk-free, however, and even when the threat of spread is minimal, returning to normal life can feel scary. Keep these suggestions in mind as you make the adjustment: Wear Your Mask It should go without saying,…

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Catalog of Different Types of Nurses: What Are Their Roles and Responsibilities?

How much do you know about the nurses at your local clinic or hospital? These medical professionals play a crucial role in helping you maintain the best possible health and wellbeing, and yet, you probably don’t know their titles or what they do on a daily basis. We dive into this essential information below: LPN Licensed practical nurses can work upon obtaining certificates, although some also graduate with two-year degrees such as the Associate of Applied Science. These nurses are typically responsible for recording vital signs, reviewing medical charts, and monitoring catheters. Perhaps most importantly, they provide an essential source…

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Where We Are With the COVID Vaccine in 2021 — And What to Expect Next: Part I

Vaccines represent the light at the end of the tunnel during the darkest days of the pandemic. We are currently in the early stages of the rollout, with frontline health care workers and seniors quickly receiving the doses they so desperately need. Meanwhile, the rest of us are wondering when we’ll be eligible and what we can do to stay safe as we wait. Keep reading to find out: Recent Changes in Vaccine Guidance Previously, official vaccine guidance advocated for a tiered approach, in which recipients were categorized not only based on age, but also according to their health issues…

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What You Need to Know About the Recently Released COVID Vaccines: Part II

  Throughout the ordeal of living through a pandemic, we’ve placed our hope in the development of several vaccines at breakneck speed. Most people, however, have no idea how these vaccines actually work. In this portion of our latest blog series, we take a closer look so you can feel confident when it’s your turn to get the protection you need. Why the First COVID Vaccines Are Different COVID vaccines don’t look quite like the inoculations you’ve received in the past. Typically, viruses are inactivated or attenuated so that they’re less infectious. With several of the vaccines intended to fight…

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Should I Travel This Holiday Season? Is It Safe?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging the public not to travel this upcoming holiday season. Dr. Henry Walke of the CDC’s COVID-19 incident management team stated, “the best thing for Americans to do in the upcoming holiday season is to stay at home and not travel” (usatoday.com). While the official CDC guidelines state that travelers should avoid all travel to any destination that is classified as “high risk of infection rates”, people may not always listen to the experts. With as uncertain as times are right now, people want to spend those special holiday moments with the…

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