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  • 03/12/2021 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    It is one year since the pandemic was declared. Tens of millions of people around the globe have suffered in the wake of COVID-19. The American Red Cross is there  throughout every type of disaster, and the virus is no different.  AccuWeather's Bernie Rayno talks with Great Gustafson of the Red Cross about how the Red Cross is dealing with coronavirus during disaster relief. 

    Watch and read more at https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/covid-19s-impact-red-cross-000619525.html


  • 03/04/2021 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    The English National Opera and a London hospital have teamed up to give vocal lessons for people recovering from COVID-19. Breathing is crucial to singing opera, and these lessons are "clinically proven recovery -exercises but reworked by professional singing tutors."  The six-week long program in England is expanding to include up to 1,000 patients with doctor referrals.

    Read more at The New York Times

  • 02/25/2021 12:40 PM | Anonymous

     There is a useful Website called  Plan Your Vaccine.com (www.planyourvaccine.com ), through which anyone in the country can identify the vaccine sites near them. The site provides guidance on how to proceed.  Still trying to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine, check out http://www.planyourvaccine.com

  • 02/18/2021 5:31 PM | Anonymous
    • Get on as many COVID-19 vaccination lists as possible
    • Try registering at odd time, like the  middle of the night. ur.
    • Compare strategies with vaccine successful friends, neighbors or family members
    • Contact your Area Agency on Aging or other local organizations that focus on older adults. .
    • Sign up through the VA if you're an eligible Veteran.
    • Get help from a computer-savvy child, grandchild or neighbor.
    • Be flexible and willing to travel a couple of hours to an avaialbe  vaccination location.
    • When you get your first shot, make your second appointment.
    • Keep Trying. Be patient.

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  • 02/11/2021 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    Getting your COVID-19 vaccine takes patience and perseverance.  So if you are over 65, start now with these seven ways to get the vaccine.  Start by checking with you state health department because every state has its own rules on who gets the vaccine first and when it is available to other groups.  Some states and counties have set up vaccination sites, others are partnering with hospitals and pharmacies to distribute the vaccine, and some states have both options in place. Check out your state on the  CDC websiteTrusted Source.

    You can also Google your state to get information and, in some cases,  register to receive the vaccine. 

    Contact your doctor or health care provided to get information about vaccination sites and scheduling.  In some cases, you might need a referral from your doctor to get vaccinated.

    Read the full list here on Healthline. Don't give up-be patient.


  • 01/15/2021 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    Vaccinating LTCF residents will save lives. Making sure LTCF residents can receive COVID-19 vaccination as soon as vaccines are available will help save the lives of those who are most at risk of dying from COVID-19. According to ACIP’s recommendations, long-term care facility residents include adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently. The communal nature of LTCFs and the population served (generally older adults often with underlying medical conditions) puts facility residents at increased risk of infection and severe illness from COVID-19. By November 6, 2020, approximately 569,000–616,000 COVID-19 cases and 91,500 deaths were reported among LTCF residents and staff members in the United States, accounting for 39% of deaths nationwide.

    Read more from the CDC about Covid-19 Vaccination for Residents of Long-term Care

    www.cdc.gov


  • 12/29/2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    CNN Health reports that December has been the nation's deadliest month since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic -- with more than 65,000 Americans lost to the virus so far this month.

    The month of November saw about 37,000 deaths. The death toll in the US has now surpassed 330,000, meaning that 1 in 1,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.

    Over the last several months Covid-19 has ravagied communities from coast to coast, crippling hospital systems and prompting new widespread restrictions.

    Read more on CNN Health and sign up for their eNewsletter.

  • 12/26/2020 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    Under a contract with th4e federal government, CVS and Walgreens are sending staff to nursing homes across the country to vaccinate residents and workers against the coronavirus. We are all hoping that the vaccine ends to long isolation suffered by so many residents especially our loved ones.   We are all hoping that we will be able to visit parents and grandparents soon.

    However, because restrictions vary by state the lifting of nursing home visitation restrictions will also vary by state.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recommended that outdoor and indoor visits be allowed if the facility has been free of COVID-19 cases for two weeks.  When all residents are vaccinated restrictions should loosen.  However, a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination and facial masks might be required of visitors  after facility vaccinations are completed to keep everyone safe.

    Read more hear in the New York Times

  • 12/17/2020 1:10 PM | Anonymous

    Three rapid tests have been approved by the FDA that allow people to test themselves at home and know within minutes whether they have the novel coronavirus, which causes the illness covid-19. The at-home test could be a vital component in stanching the spread of the virus — especially in the crucial months before most Americans are vaccinated against the pathogen. 

    Consumers can already purchase home collection kits from retailers including Costco, Walmart or testing companies.  People swab their nostrils or spit saliva into a container and send the sample to a lab for processing.  generally the turnaround is 24 or 48 hours. The new home tests allow users to swab the nostril and get results in about 15 minutes.

    1. The Lucira test is expected to be available to patients of Northern California’s Sutter Health and South Florida’s Cleveland Clinic “in the near future” and reach the national market until early spring.
    2. Ellume said it will be announcing a major partnership soon with a major retailer — such as Walgreens, CVS or Walmart — to sell the test and is in talks to supply the test directly to companies and universities.
    3. Abbott’s BinaxNOW home test will be available through smartphone app. Users must first fill out a screening questionnaire developed by its partner eMed. Test kits will then be shipped by eMed to qualifying customers.

    Click here for the full article in the Washington Post

    Click here for the FDA announcement


  • 12/02/2020 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    Technology on Apple and Google phones in some states can notify you if you were close to someone who later tested positive for Covid-19. The alerts come via state health department apps that use Bluetooth technology to detect when you (or more precisely, your phone) has been in close contact with an infected person's phone.

    Apps cannot keep you safe, but they let you know if you have been exposed and should take precautions, such as self-quarantining, after receiving an alert.

    While the apps aren't available in every state, millions of people are signing up.  Health officials believe the alerts could be especially helpful in cases where an infected person has been in contact with strangers -- for example in a bus, train or checkout line -- who wouldn't otherwise know they were exposed.

    Read the full article on CNN here.

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