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Two-Minute Tuesday: CDC encourages masks to prevent the spread of Covid, flu, and RSV over the holidays

On Monday, December 5th, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention encouraged people to wear masks to help reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses this season as Covid, flu, and RSV circulate at the same time. The CDC’s Director, Rochelle Walensky, told reporters that wearing a mask is one of several everyday precautions people can take …

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Two-Minute Tuesday – Respiratory diseases surge in the US: New Covid variants + RSV

There is no doubt that 2020 and 2021 were the toughest years of the pandemic. So far, 2022 has taught us more about COVID’s mutations. Learning how to safely gather has become a top priority since then. Although we are in a better position today than we were before, the pandemic continues. If you’re in …

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Two-Minute Tuesday – Can I get COVID-19 from food?

Life has changed a lot since the pandemic, but the CDC continues to recommend the basic daily safety protocols for preventing the spread and keeping yourself healthy: social distancing, diligent hand washing, masking up, and COVID testing. Even if you do the preventative practices, can you still get sick through food? It seems to be …

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Two-Minute Tuesday | ‘Tripledemic’ in the US?

Flu, RSV, and COVID-19: Is the US facing a triple pandemic? Globally, during the pandemic, many steps have been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, while everybody has been focused on COVID, other formerly common diseases have gone overlooked.  As summer ended and the United States headed into fall and winter, doctors were …

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Two-Minute Tuesday | October 25, 2022 – COVID Setbacks for US students revealed by historic test scores

COVID setbacks for US students revealed by historic test scores According to results of a national test that provides the sharpest look yet at the scale of the crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic spared no state or region as it caused historic academic setbacks for American children, erasing decades of academic progress and widening racial disparities. …

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Recent enforcement of lockdowns in China – following COVID outbreaks

The past year has largely been a record of progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in many regions of the world, COVID restrictions and COVID-related difficulties of all kinds, remain in place.  In early October, Chinese cities imposed new closures and travel restrictions after the number of new daily COVID cases tripled …

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The aftermath: Adults with long COVID-19

We are still trying to sort out the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic. With fall/winter seasons in sight, the potential for a COVID surge, and news about developing antibiotic resistant Superbugs – there is a lot to learn. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many concerns about its potential long-term effects. Experts are now able …

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Two-Minute Tuesday | October 4, 2022

Centaurus: The most resistant Omicron sub-variant to date Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, health officials have warned that the biggest barrier to controlling the virus would be its ability to mutate into ever more infectious and dangerous forms.  As new COVID variants and sub-variants continue to emerge, there are still many reasons to be cautious …

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Two-Minute Tuesday – September 27, 2022

The ability to identify new COVID variants is diminishing, as testing declines. World Health Organization (WHO) officials said they are struggling to identify and track new COVID variants, as testing and surveillance is rolled back in many countries. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, said the virus is spreading rapidly and continues to …

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