Safety Tips to Celebrate July 4th Safely and Avoid COVID-19

  Phased reopenings across the country have led some to believe that the coronavirus is no longer a threat, but this is not the case. In fact, Los Angeles County and several counties in Florida have closed their beaches for Independence Day weekend due to drastic increases in new cases of COVID-19. The pandemic is not contained, so celebrating Independence Day at home with your family is still the safest way to reduce the spread of infection. Celebrating Independence Day Safely DC’s Mayor Bowser has encouraged DC residents to celebrate July 4th at home, and to maintain distance if they…

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USDA Issues Warning to Stay Food Safe on Independence Day

  The United States Department of Agriculture reminds Americans every year of the importance of food safety during Independence Day Weekend. Although celebrations across America will be different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, abiding by food safety suggestions is as important as ever. The USDA recognizes that there is an increase in foodborne illness during the summer due to warmer temperatures and extended time spent outside. In addition, this year in particular could have many first-time cooks who may not know important food safety practices. The USDA provided the following food safety tips in their recent press release:…

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Safety Tips For Virtual And Home-Based Summer Camps

  Summer camp once offered a wonderful respite for children and parents alike. All that has changed in an age of coronavirus, however. While some socially distanced day camps remain available, not all parents are willing to take the risk of sending their kids to such destinations. Meanwhile, overnight camps are barred in many locations, as it’s all but impossible to maintain proper mitigation tactics in such an environment. As with school, the primary workaround involves virtual solutions, which promise to deliver all of the enrichment of camp while keeping hazards to a minimum. But while such approaches avoid spreading…

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The Latest Science on How COVID Impacts Nursing Homes

  When the novel coronavirus first hit the United States, its impact was greatest in nursing homes throughout the nation. These remain the epicenter of some of the disease’s worst outbreaks. It’s easy to see why: not only do these facilities house those most vulnerable to the illness, many harbor unsanitary conditions and suffer numerous other forms of neglect. The problematic nature of COVID within nursing homes is confirmed in the latest scientific studies, which hold alarming findings. Below, we highlight the implications of the most relevant research — and how it might influence mitigation efforts moving forward. The Importance…

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Post-Quarantine Fitness And Recreation: Is It Possible to Stay Safe?

As the economy begins to open, those with a serious case of cabin fever are eager to resume their usual fitness routines. In many regions, however, gyms and other recreational facilities have been among the last places to become accessible to the public. Even as they open, they remain among the most hazardous locations. After all, ample research indicates that the coronavirus spreads more easily through heavy breathing and exertion. Despite the hazards posed by the gym, it’s still possible to exercise safely. Keep the following considerations in mind as you level up your fitness routine: Stay Safe at the…

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Tips For Staying Safe While Protesting

George Floyd’s death may have sparked nationwide protests, but the issues at the center of these gatherings are far from new. If you feel passionate about continued racial disparities and want to do your part, protesting allows you to get the message across. Unfortunately, it’s far from risk-free, especially in a time of COVID-19. Follow these steps to keep yourself — and your fellow protesters — safe. Continue Coronavirus Precautions Technically, the very act of protesting invites the spread of coronavirus. This spread can be limited, however, if you and other protesters follow the usual disease prevention protocol: stay at…

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The Murder Hornet Scare — What Can It Teach Us About the Threat of Exotic Insects?

Coronavirus is frightening enough as is, but it’s far from the only danger that has the public worried. A new issue recently took over the news to give us a break from the pandemic headlines: murder hornets. While the name is terrifying, these exotic insects may not be as big of a threat as they seem. What Are Murder Hornets? Officially known as vespa mandarinia, the so-called murder hornet is actually quite common in many regions of Asia. In several countries, the insect is typically referred to as the ‘giant hornet.’ This name is arguably more accurate than the exaggerated…

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Summer Travel During COVID-19

  Rising temperatures and re-openings are raising many questions about summer travel. The outbreak of COVID-19 forced millions of Americans to cancel vacations. As the country adjusts to the new normal, it seems like summer vacation could still be possible. A new trend called “COVID camper” has become popular in recent weeks. There has been a spike in Recreational Vehicle rentals, with some companies reporting 10 times more rentals this year than last. Traveling in an RV seems appealing because it eliminates the need for airline travel and hotel lodging. It could also mean more time outdoors, and less time…

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The Physical Risks of Economic Stressors: Part II

The economic stressors of the coronavirus pandemic have already prompted emotional distress on a broad scale. Unfortunately, this mental health burden will almost certainly increase our susceptibility to future physical issues. Chronic conditions, in particular, are bound to strike those who have suffered at the financial level. In the first segment of this series on the interplay of economic stressors and physical suffering, we examined the research underscoring this connection. Next, we’ll look at the specific conditions that financial issues can exacerbate: Diabetes Type 2 diabetes represents one of the nation’s most deadly health concerns. Diagnoses are far more prevalent…

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The Physical Risks of Economic Stressors: Part I

  Social distancing and quarantine efforts may be crucial to flattening the curve of the current pandemic, but these strategies hold real implications for the physical health of those asked to remain home. The economic impact cannot be understated as unemployment rates and small business closures skyrocket, but these concerns affect more than just our bank accounts. Extensive research indicates that financial stressors also harm our physical health. We explore these concerning findings below: The Interplay Between Poverty, Mental Health, and Physical Health It’s no secret that economic uncertainty impacts mental health. A review of over 100 studies published in…

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