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  • 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.

  • 11/28/2020 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    If you are planning to travel outside of your home state over the holidays, check the virus rates where you plan to visit and assess the risk. The C.D.C. offers a series of recommendations for safety:  wear a face mask in public, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, keep six feet from others, cover coughs and sneezes, and use drive-through service and curbside pickup at restaurants and stores.

    Current restrictions in the United States for leisure travelers change frequently when case numbers increase or decrease. Many states do not apply them to those staying for less than 24 hours. Some municipalities or counties may have more stringent regulations. There are generally exemptions for essential workers who are on the job, including health care workers, members of the military and others, but even they may be subject to some restrictions

    Click here to check on travel restrictions within the US

  • 11/20/2020 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against traveling or gathering for the holiday, urging Americans to consider celebrating Thanksgiving in their own households.

     CDC officials were alarmed to see 1 million new cases reported across the United States within the past week. With the U.S. pandemic death toll reaching  250,000, CDC warned that family and friends gathering ovcr the holidays could inadvertently bring inadvertently bring the coronavirus with them. 

    Read the CDC Holiday Guidelines


  • 11/13/2020 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publicly acknowledged that for the first time, writing in a scientific bulletin posted to its website this week that ‘the benefit of masking is derived from the combination of source control and personal protection for the mask wearer.’ Masks are neither completely selfless nor selfish — they help everyone,” Ben Guarino, Lena H. Sun and Ariana Eunjung Cha report in the Washington Post.

    Prior messages stressed that masks were primarily a way to protect others. But growing scientific evidence indicates that masks also protect the wearer.   CDC is expanding its effort to encourage mask wearing and other precautions as the highest-ever rates of coronavirus infection are reported across the US.

     



  • 10/22/2020 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, millions of Americans travel by plane, train, and automobile to see family. 

    The Transportation Security Administration states that the number of people flying is climbing but is still below half of what it was in 2019.  Many states are lifting quarantine restrictions but the Covid-19  infection, hospitalization and death numbers continue to increase in many parts of the country.  And, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging individuals to stay home and protect themselves and others, and warns that travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the disease.  So it is not surprising that many people have not made up their minds about holiday travel in 2020.

    The Washington Post talked to experts and created an interactive guide  to help you plan your holiday travel. 

  • 10/12/2020 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    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


  • 10/02/2020 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    The New York Times offers free information about the Coronavirus pandemic. 

    You can sign up to receive the Coronavirus Briefing, a free newsletter from The New York Times. Sign up here.

  • 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

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