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Get-Tough Mask Rules Start Now

"I know the public is tired of hearing about masks, but until we increase the masking that we are doing, we won't be able to get this under control." – Dr. David Basel City readies mask rule after push from medical groups SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The largest city in South Dakota appears ready to reverse course and pass a mask mandate Tuesday after enforcement was removed from the ordinance and medical groups said hospitals have...

‘Breakthrough Finding’ Reveals Why Certain COVID Patients Die

“Why does one 40-year-old get really sick and another one not even need to be admitted?” Nov 13, 2020 Kaiser Health News – Dr. Megan Ranney has learned a lot about COVID-19 since she began treating patients with the disease in the emergency department in February. But there’s one question she still can’t answer: What makes some patients so much sicker than others? Advancing age and underlying medical problems explain only part of the phenomenon, said Ranney, who...

COVID Surge: This Is No “Wave,” It’s The New Normal

STAT NEWS – The numbers have become both horrifying and numbing — and there is no end in sight. The consensus among major Covid-19 modelers is that we could see 20,000 to 25,000 deaths in just the next two weeks, and 160,000 more by Feb. 1. That would be a frightening acceleration as winter approaches. The experts and their models also agree on the familiar tools at hand that can bend the curve: universal mask-wearing and...

Can Face Masks Cause Health Problems?

Pros and cons of wearing a mask The truth about masks and COVID-19 from the American Lung Association  Answer from a pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic  9 Side Effects of Wearing Face Masks from Eat This, Not That!  American Lung Association by David G. Hill, M.D. | June 18, 2020 Are Masks 100% Effective? The gold standard N-95 mask is 95% effective at keeping the wearer free of inhaling viral particles. These masks are still best reserved for front-line...

Coronavirus: What Happens When You Get Infected?

"COVID-19 is more likely to go deeper than viruses like the common cold." WebMD – There are many types of coronaviruses. Some give you the common cold. The new coronavirus behind the 2019-2020 pandemic causes an illness called COVID-19. A virus infects your body by entering healthy cells. There, the invader makes copies of itself and multiplies throughout your body. The new coronavirus latches its spiky surface proteins to receptors on healthy cells, especially those in your...

Candidate Dies Of Covid Before Election, Wins

GOP state legislature candidate in North Dakota who died of Covid wins election |  Nov 4, 2020 | Politico – A Republican in North Dakota has won a seat in the state legislature — nearly a month after he died of complications from Covid-19. David Andahl was 55 when he died on Oct. 5, after winning a heated primary with an incumbent committee chairman. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) had endorsed the Bismarck rancher, saying, “we need more...

“Covid-19 Is Just The Flu” – True Or False?

Views from 4 sources: OSF HealthCare:  COVID-19 and the flu are not the same Mayo Clinic: What's the difference between COVID-19 and the flu? The Lancet: Comparing SARS-CoV-2 with SARS-CoV and influenza pandemics WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Similarities and differences with influenza COVID-19 and the flu are not the same OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria, Illinois. OSF HealthCare employs more than...

Symptom-Free Grocery Workers Test Positive For Covid

About 20% of workers had Covid-19, and most had no symptoms, study finds |  Oct 29, 2020 | CNN – Grocery store work puts employees at serious risk for infection, a new study found, particularly those who have to interact with customers. These workers likely became a "significant transmission source" for Covid-19 without even knowing it because most in the study were asymptomatic. The analysis, published Thursday in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is the first to demonstrate...

COVID Immunity Lasts For Months, Probably Longer

Oct 29, 2020 | CNN – Immunity to Covid-19 infection lingers for at least five months, researchers reported -- and probably longer than that. While the report may seem confusing and contradictory to a similar report out of Britain this week, it really isn't. People's bodies produce an army of immune compounds in response to an infection and some are overwhelming at first, dying off quickly, while others build more slowly. The new report out Wednesday shows...

Border Cities Hit With Record Number Of COVID-19 Cases

"Officials on both sides of the border attribute the massive rise in cases to 'COVID-19 fatigue' — people being fed up with not being able to gather with friends and extended family and also not always wearing face masks." Oct 16, 2020  Border Report — El Paso is reporting another record high for new coronavirus infections this Friday, just as tougher restrictions on businesses and public activity kick in. The City-County Health Department said 838 additional COVID-19...

What Supermarket Managers Are Told To Say To ‘Anti-Mask Customers’

Attorneys offer advice for businesses to keep the situation from escalating Aug 18, 2020 Supermarket News – In the era of social media and political division, mask rules can quickly spiral into a federal case — literally. To address the challenges and how to de-escalate a mask situation, the Atlanta law firm of Fisher Phillips recently wrote a five-step action plan on how a business can handle anti-mask guests. Chief among those steps is to “figure out what...

This Odor Could Be a Warning Sign for Coronavirus

Jun 3, 2020 Best Life – Your nose may help keep you safe from COVID-19. If you ever enter a room or building and pick up a musty smell, it just may be a good indicator that the space is high risk for coronavirus. Amid COVID-19, "areas that seem musty, stale, stuffy, or any other sign that the air is not moving" should be avoided, Bruce Y. Lee, professor of Health Policy and Management at the...

How To Tell COVID From Smoke Inhalation From Flu

Tough to Tell COVID From Smoke Inhalation Symptoms — And Flu Season’s Coming Sep 16, 2020 Kaiser Health News – The patients walk into Dr. Melissa Marshall’s community clinics in Northern California with the telltale symptoms. They’re having trouble breathing. It may even hurt to inhale. They’ve got a cough, and the sore throat is definitely there. A straight case of COVID-19? Not so fast. This is wildfire country. Up and down the West Coast, hospitals and health...

Signs That Covid-19 May Never Go Away

When COVID symptoms refuse to go away | People are suffering with persisting symptoms long after the infection is defeated | AARP, Sep 4, 2020 When Maryland resident Russell Frisby was discharged from the hospital in late March after a five-day stay for COVID-19, he wasn't “100 percent,” but he was feeling better. The persistent cough that plagued him for weeks had subsided, and the breathing trouble that initially landed him in a hospital bed had improved. About...

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