COVID-19

HealthPopuli.com – Health Article

While I’m on holiday this week, restoring and re-setting, I’ve been sharing pages from my ABCovid-19 Journal with readers of Health Populi. I created this journal during the early phase of the pandemic in the U.S., as a form of art therapy, creative outlet, and learning. Today is Day 4 of sharing: we consider the letters “P” through “T,” and what I saw in the early coronavirus era. P is for pandemic This “P” was self-evidence in our collective early…

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School bells sound the need for sound science and health education – Society for Public Health Education – Health Education Article

For K-12 students and parents, preparing for the fall school term will be far from normal. Rather than shopping for new backpacks, notebooks, and pens, most are combing stores for facial coverings, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. Once again, parents are caught in the crossfire of mixed messages on the airwaves, unsure whom or what to believe. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced in June that all children should return to in-person fall classes for their overall physical and…

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My Salon Is Open … Should I Go? – Health Education Article

It had been enough time, and I was ready. I’d held out for four months (yes, even — gasp — cutting my own bangs) before finally making the call to my salon for a much-needed trim. That morning, the salon was rather quiet, with only a few other clients sitting at their stations, which had always been spaced far apart. The only real change was the masks all of us wore: staff, stylists and clients. Given the few number of…

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Hefty issue of HealthBeat headed for mailboxes – Health Article

About Pia Christensen Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ’s social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters. The latest issue of HealthBeat is expected to be delivered to members of the Association of Health Care Journalists any day now. In this issue, we highlight some of our best advice and resources for covering the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, from keeping…

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America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID Vaccine – Health Education Article

By Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine. But in the United States, where at least 4.6 million people have been infected and nearly 155,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by a vexing epidemic that long preceded COVID-19: obesity. Scientists know that vaccines engineered to protect the public from influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus and rabies can be less effective in obese adults than in the general…

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HealthPopuli.com – Health Article

Welcome to Day 2 of my #COVID19 holiday break, welcome to my ABCovid Journal, letters “F” through “J. If you hadn’t tuned into the Health Populi blog yesterday, 10th August 2020, you missed the first five letters of my Age of Corona alphabet, curated in my art journal created in the early weeks of the pandemic. Click the link to back-track and catch up with us… I should explain why I’m sharing this project in the Health Populi blog this…

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Russia rushes its COVID-19 vaccine. Why all is not what it seems – Health Business Group – Health Article

Any volunteers? Russia –yes the Russia that exerts special influence on our president– has done a poor job of keeping the COVID-19 virus in check. But now they claim to have a safe and effective vaccine that’s ready to go. I’m quoted in the International Business Times (Questions Surround Russia’s Ability to Deliver a Safe, Effective Coronavirus Vaccine) Some suggest that the vaccine may not be safe – or effective. “It’s obvious that the Russians are rushing the vaccine to…

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How Can We Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic Under Political Leaders Who Enable the Spread of the Virus? – Health Article

While the US continues to suffer from one of the worst outbreaks of the novel coronavirus pandemic to beset any developed nation, as we have discussed, President Trump and his administration have hindered pandemic management in the US and around the world. In particular, last month we noted what appeared to be a well developed pattern of behavior by the president and political leaders who support him in which they acted as if the were trying to enable the spread…

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How to Pandemic-Proof Our Healthcare Payment System – The Health Care Blog – Health Article

By AISHA PITTMAN and SETH EDWARDS The pandemic has focused many policymakers’ attention  on strategies to make the healthcare system better. The obvious answer is one that we know is efficacious, if perhaps not the sexiest: value-based care. The current healthcare payment system – built around the fee-for-service (FFS) model in which healthcare providers are reimbursed for the quantity versus quality of care – required $175 billion in bailouts and temporary modifications to remain whole during the crisis, a stance…

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The Rise In Cyber Attacks Amid COVID-19 – Health Article

Aug 92020 The Rise In Cyber Attacks Amid COVID-19 By Luke Wilson, vice president of intelligence, 4iQ. Luke Wilson In the wake of COVID-19, my firm, 4iQ, observed an increase in a host of cyber-attacks. This uptick did not come as a surprise, given cybercriminals typically exploit uncertain situations, but it was a wake-up call for organizations that were in the midst of transitioning to full-time remote work. As the country begins to reopen, we cannot let our guards down…

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Natural Remedies for Coronavirus – Modern Alternative Mama – Health Article

The world can’t stop buzzing about coronavirus. Everyone has a different theory on what is happening.  Some think it’s just an overblown panic to get negative attention in an election year.  Others think it’s much worse than they’re telling us and many will die.  Most are somewhere in the middle on that. Right now (Mar. 12), there are about 1300 cases in the US, and have been around 40 deaths.  A government doctor has come out and said that he…

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How COVID-19 Might Increase Risk of Memory Loss and Cognitive Decline – Health Education Article

Natalie C. Tronson, University of Michigan Of all frightening ways that the SARS-COV-2 virus affects the body, one of the more insidious is the effect of COVID-19 on the brain. It is now clear that many patients suffering from COVID-19 exhibit neurological symptoms, from loss of smell, to delirium, to an increased risk of stroke. There are also longer-lasting consequences for the brain, including myalgic encephalomyelitis /chronic fatigue syndrome and Guillain-Barre syndrome. These effects may be caused by direct viral…

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HealthPopuli.com – Health Article

Along with the life-threatening impact of the coronavirus on physical health, and the accompanying mental health distress activated by self-distancing comes a third unintended consequence with the pandemic: a hard hit on women’s personal economies. The recession of the pandemic is considered by many economists as a “She-Cession,” a downturn in the economy that’s negatively impacting women more acutely than men. This is markedly different than the Great Recession of 2008, the last major financial crisis: that financial decline was…

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Fauci says school reopening ‘may not be prudent’ in some areas – Health Article

About Bara Vaida Bara Vaida (@barav) is AHCJ’s core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Her work has appeared in outlets that include the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, McClatchy News Service, MSNBC, NPR, Politico and The Washington Post. Anthony S. Fauci Communities and school leaders need to exercise common sense as they weigh options for reopening schools this fall, said Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the…

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Masks work – Healthcare Economist – Health Article

That is based on an event study approach from a recent Health Affairs article by Lyu and Wehby (2020). Specifically, Mandating face mask use in public is associated with a decline in the daily COVID-19 growth rate by 0.9, 1.1, 1.4, 1.7, and 2.0 percentage points in 1–5, 6–10, 11–15, 16–20, and 21 or more days after state face mask orders were signed, respectively. Estimates suggest that as a result of the implementation of these mandates, more than 200,000 COVID-19…

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What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Long-Haulers: Q+A with Dr. Jose R. Mercado – Health Education Article

I recently reached out to Dr. Jose R. Mercado, associate hospital epidemiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, for my story on COVID-19 long-haulers. Dr. Mercado answered my questions via email. We are publishing his complete remarks here. The transcript has been edited for clarity and length. HealthyWomen: Is there a “typical” recovery period for COVID-19? Jose R. Mercado: Most of what we know about symptom duration and clinical outcomes focused on hospitalized patients who, on average, were hospitalized for 10 to…

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The use of health and wellness services delivered in retail pharmacies is growing, and health consumers’ satisfaction increases with use. That’s the headline for J.D. Power’s 2020 U.S. Pharmacy Study. This is the 12th year of J.D. Power’s U.S. Pharmacy Study, this year based on a survey of 13,378 pharmacy customers who filled a prescription between June 2019 and February 2020. The study assessed four retail prescription drug channels for consumers: brick and mortar chain drug stores, brick and mortar…

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Press release reporting is irresponsible — especially in a pandemic – Health Article

About Tara Haelle Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ’s medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information. I received a text from a friend this week with a link to an article about a new drug for COVID-19 that led to “rapid recovery” of “critically ill” patients with COVID-19. “Houston Methodist Hospital is making national headlines after doctors used a new drug to help…

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5 Things You Can Do at Home to Relieve Joint Pain during COVID-19 – Health Article

By Jennifer Bringle Joint pain can be a really annoying affliction, and it can also be a debilitating condition that interferes with a sufferer’s quality of life. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing the difference between something that can be treated at home and something requiring an office visit is more important than ever. Luckily, for those less-severe cases, there are several things patients can do at home to help alleviate joint pain without seeing a doctor. Myron Smith, MD,…

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HealthPopuli.com – Health Article

The coronavirus pandemic accelerated many trends and new workflows for patients and consumers, and health care providers, too. The convergence of basic needs like hygiene and safety, financial and health security, and living-working-learning-and-cooking-at-home has turbocharged a migration of more acute care delivered at home. I explore this growing concept in my latest essay on Medecision’s Liberation blog, How the Pandemic Is Accelerating the Hospital-At-Home Concept. The key points are that: Hospital-at-home services (H-a-H) combine home visits with virtual care and…

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Making Distance Learning Work | Mark’s Daily Apple – Health Education Article

Hi, everyone, Lindsay here. As a parent of school-aged kids, the upcoming school year is front and center in my mind. Like you, I’m trying to figure out how to make distance learning work for my family. Before starting today’s post, I want to acknowledge that everyone’s situation is different. Family structures, finances, support systems, living arrangements, access to technology, and employment all affect how we’ll approach this upcoming school year. Not to mention, our kids have unique needs, strengths,…

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The facts and myths of mask health – Health Article

Are we damaging our health by wearing masks on a regular basis? Or are the rumours just myth and fear? Here are the best materials for your mask to be made of. The new normal, as many are labelling our reality since most lockdowns have been lifted, entails us wearing masks in varying degrees in public spaces. Many people are concerned that there may be negative health effects from wearing a mask for long periods of time each day. Especially…

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What to Consider as Kids Return to School (or Not) – Health Article

By Karen Vernon With students across the nation returning to in-person or virtual classrooms this fall, Mission Children’s Hospital Medical Director Ansley Miller, MD, FAAP, offered some insight to prepare kids and parents for this transition. Returning to the Classroom Successful return to on-campus settings requires a partnership between schools, local and regional health authorities and parents. “We have to place a priority on safe learning environments,” Dr. Miller said, “particularly on social distancing, masking where appropriate, hand hygiene and…

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Avoiding Care During the Pandemic Could Mean Life or Death – Health Education Article

By John M. Glionna, KHN These days, Los Angeles acting teacher Deryn Warren balances her pain with her fear. She’s a bladder cancer patient who broke her wrist in November. She still needs physical therapy for her wrist, and she’s months late for a cancer follow-up. But Warren won’t go near a hospital, even though she says her wrist hurts every day. “If I go back to the hospital, I’ll get COVID. Hospitals are full of COVID people,” says Warren,…

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Superbug threat increased by COVID-19 – Health Article

About Bara Vaida Bara Vaida (@barav) is AHCJ’s core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Her work has appeared in outlets that include the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, McClatchy News Service, MSNBC, NPR, Politico and The Washington Post. Photo: Matt Gibson via Flickr A little-reported side effect of surging COVID-19 cases is the likelihood that there will be an increasing number of people exposed to antibiotic-resistant…

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