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  • 09/04/2020 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    By Michael Carroll

    If so, the plasma in your blood may contain COVID-19 antibodies that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as a possible treatment for currently ill COVID-19 patients, so your donation could help save the lives of patients battling this disease! Eligibility requirements:

    ·         You are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 lbs.

    ·         You generally feel well, even if you're being treated for a chronic condition. 

    ·         Have a prior, verified diagnosis of COVID-19, but are now symptom free.

    To sign up to donate, fill out the form at the link below or call 1-800-733-2767

    https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations-from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html#donorform

    For additional info regarding convalescent plasma, check at the FAQs at:

    https://www.redcrossblood.org/faq.html#donating-blood-covid-19-convalescent-plasma


  • 09/01/2020 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    Data compiled by The New York Times looks at the Coronavirus pandemic across hundreds of U.S. metro areas.  During the last two weeks of August, the New York City Metro area had a new case percent rate of .2 per 1,000 population. And the following metro areas had the highest percent of new cases per 1,000 population:

    1. Muskogee, OK        9.1 new cases per 1,000 population
    2. Ames, IA                 8.7
    3. Iowa City, IA            7.9
    4. Auburn-Opelike, AL 7.5
    5. Statesboro, GA        6.2

    The cumulative case rate since the start of the outbreak for the New York Metro area is 27.6 per 1,000 population.  Metros with the highest cumulative case rates per 1,000 population since the start of the outbreak:

    1. El Centro, CA          59.2 per 1,000 population
    2. Gallup, NM              58.9
    3. Yuma, AZ                57.2
    4. Eagle Pass, TX       55.5
    5. Show Low, AZ         50.5

    Click here for the link to the New York Times article

  • 08/23/2020 9:14 PM | Anonymous

    Face masks are not an essential piece of clothing mandated by the majority of states and businesses.  But now that masks are required how do I take care of my mask, how do I keep it clean?

    Reusing a face mask over and over again becomes dirty as you regularly touch it to put it on and take it off.  For cloth masks, a daily washing is a must.  Treat your cloth mask like underwear and change it daily. Single-use surgical masks are designed for one day use.  And remember washing your hands before touching your mask will keep it cleaner.

    Click here for the best ways to clean and store face mask as researched by The Washington Post


  • 08/15/2020 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/face-masks-ranked.html?

    Some coverings work better than others when it comes to blocking virus spray

    by Rachel Nania, AARP, Updated August 12, 2020 

    You don't need a fancy medical-grade mask to deter the spread of the coronavirus, but some face coverings do work better than others, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances.

    Researchers at Duke University tested the effectiveness of 14 commonly available masks and found that surgical masks and N95 respirators without valves worked the best at blocking respiratory droplets from projecting into the air when a person talks. A variety of double-layer polypropylene and cotton masks also reduced a significant amount of spray from normal speech.

    Least effective, however, were bandanas, knitted masks and neck fleeces (also called gaiter masks), the latter of which may be worse than wearing no mask at all. The researchers found that neck fleeces actually dispersed more spray into the air, not less, because the material broke down larger respiratory droplets into smaller particles.

    "Considering that smaller particles are airborne longer than large droplets (larger droplets sink faster), the use of such a mask might be counterproductive,” the study's researchers wrote.Face masks are most effective when worn by all

    In recent months, public health experts have stressed the importance of wearing face masks as a way to deter the spread of the coronavirus — especially by asymptomatic carriers, or people who don't know they have the virus because they never develop symptoms. Face coverings act as a barrier by helping to keep respiratory particles from escaping an infected individual and landing on another person.

    "Just speaking lets these particles get out, and these particles can carry viruses,” including the virus that causes COVID-19, explains Eric Westman, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and a coauthor on the study. And knowing which masks are best at blocking these particles can help guide consumer decisions that impact the spread of the virus, he adds. The researchers designed a setup consisting of a box, a laser, a lens and a cellphone camera to test the masks.

    Want to know how your mask fares? You don't need a team of Duke scientists and a high-powered laser to find out. A quick and easy way to tell if a mask is good at blocking particles is to pull it tight and hold it up to the sky. “If you can see daylight through the mask, it's not so good. Or if you can take it and blow really hard, and [your air] just goes right through, that's not blocking much,” Westman says.

    His advice to the general public, and especially to those concerned about their risk for severe illness from a coronavirus infection, is to “wear the best one that you can.” If a standard three-layer surgical mask is available to you — and some are now showing up on store shelves — go for it. But know that your double-layer DIY cotton mask is also fine in the community setting. Just be sure not to wear an N95 mask with a valve, Westman says. These masks release exhaled air, which defeats the purpose of wearing the mask to protect others.

    Westman says more research is needed to test mask effectiveness, but in the meantime, the study shows that accessible, low-cost options do work.

    "If everyone wore a mask, we could stop up to 99 percent of these droplets before they reach someone else,” Westman said in a Duke University news release. “In the absence of a vaccine or antiviral medicine, it's the one proven way to protect others as well as yourself."

    Editor’s Note: The sidebar of this article was updated to clarify the most effective and least effective masks, according to the Duke University study.


  • 07/30/2020 1:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Association of American Medical Colleges, representing all 155 accredited medical schools and 400 teaching hospitals and health systems in the U.S.,  issued a "road map" for Covid-19 recovery. “If the nation does not change its course – and soon – deaths in the United States could be well into the multiple hundreds of thousands,” it warns.

    No. 1 remedying shortages: “Laboratory supplies (e.g., reagents, transport media, plastic trays, sample vials, swabs for testing) are a critical national need. "

    Read the AAMC’s 16-page report here.

    The Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security released a report with 10 recommendations. “Unlike many countries in the world, the United States is not currently on course to get control of this epidemic. It’s time to reset,” states the report. Recommendations include: bolstering PPE and testing supply chains and, where epidemic numbers are worst, close higher risk activities and settings and reinstate stay-at-home orders.

    Read Hopkins’s 15-page report here. 


  • 07/17/2020 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    So many of us live in our own little bubble.  We are wearing masks, washing our hands and practicing social distancing.  We read about coronavirus infections and deaths...but not in our neighborhood.  Now CNN helps you understand how coronavirus is impacting your neighborhood. Unlock your personalized homepage with live updates on cases, recoveries and deaths in your area.

    Click here to create your profile on CNN.com and track the virus in your neighborhood.  You can also track the number of cases in the counties in which your grandchildren live by changing the zip code at Covid-19 county  line under the CNN banner.


  • 07/14/2020 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    In 1918,  there were no vaccines or drug therapies, and communities considered a variety public health measures to slow the spread of a deadly influenza epidemic.  Schools and businesses were closed,  public gatherings were banned, and those infected  were isolated and quarantined. Communities recommended or required that citizens wear face masks in public which created the most negative reaction among the public. 

    The 1918, the United States Public Health Service circulated leaflets encouraging citizens to wear a mask. The Red Cross bluntly stated that “the man or woman or child who will not wear a mask now is a dangerous slacker.”  Red Cross took out newspaper ads encouraging their use and offered instructions on how to construct masks at home using gauze and cotton string. 

    Poster of a Red Cross nurse wearing a gauze mask over her nose and mouth–with tips to prevent the influenza pandemic. [Photo: US National Library of Medicine]

    Read more at Fast Company

  • 07/13/2020 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Are you eager to resume international travel?  Some countries currently allow U.S. citizens to visit ,but, first, check out the restrictions. Note: the U.S. State Department continues Global Level 4 Health Advisory, and cautions against international travel because of the pandemic. However, it is also posting country-specific information as restrictions loosen.

    Countries have their own Covid-19 mitigation measures that might include curfews or curtailed activities and services; most standard travel insurance policies won’t cover medical or travel expenses related to the coronavirus; and borders can close and flights be canceled with little warning, stranding people in foreign countries.

    Here are the countries, in alpha order,  that currently allow U.S. citizens to enter, though there may be restrictions.

    Read the list from the New York Times.

  • 07/09/2020 12:34 PM | Anonymous

    You've seen the simulation on TV and read about it in the press....masks and face coverings are effective in reducing the number of droplets that are dispersed when we talk, cough, sneeze and sing.   Without a mask, droplets traveled more than 8 feet. A bandanna cut the distance to 3 feet, 7 inches, and a folded cotton handkerchief reduced that distance even more, to 1 foot, 3 inches.

    1. Masks protect other people.
    2. Many people do not know they are infected until symptoms develop.Some studies, including a paper recently published in the journal Nature, have found that over 40 percent of people with coronavirus infections never develop symptoms of COVID-19.
    3. Masks can protect you. A few studies suggest cloth face masks offer some protection for the wearer, but the protective perks are most obvious when everyone covers the mouth and nose.
    4. Masks help the economy recover. A national face mask mandate could serve as a substitute for lockdowns which would help the economy.
    5. There aren't other alternatives until a vaccine is developed and widely available.

    Read more

  • 07/01/2020 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    As of June 19, every state had allowed dentist's offices to reopen for all procedures, according to the American Dental Association.

    Neglecting routine dental care is unwise, say healthcare professionals.  They noted that the dentists and hygienists are more at risk of getting sick since they are the ones on the receiving end of any droplets that could contain the virus.  So if you are comfortable, go back to your dentist for a cleaning.  Expect to wait in your car until they are ready for you amd contact you on your cell phone to come into the office.  Doctors do not want you in their waiting rooms, and, besides, they have removed all the magazines.

    Read more in the New York Times

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