Weekly Health Digest: States easing restrictions, Coronavirus in Prisons & Jails, Trees, and Vaccines

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week More states are easing coronavirus restrictions this week, unnerving experts and some local officials By Madeline Holcombe and Holly Yan Multiple states have started to reopen shutdowns despite the recommendations of health experts. Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Montana, Iowa, Tennessee, Michigan, Hawaii, Texas, Alaska,…

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Weekly Health Digest: Getting Reinfected, Coronavirus Questionnaire, Update on Deep Water Horizon

Photo by Sebastian Pena Lambarri on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week Recovered coronavirus patients are testing positive again. Can you get reinfected? By: Paula Hancocks, Yoonjung Seo and Julia Hollingsworth A small percentage of the population – in South Korea and China – who have recovered from COVID-19 have retested positive, raising…

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Weekly Health Digest: Black Americans Dying, COVID-19 & Rural America, The Disaster Distress Hotline, Brain Plaques

A summary of important health news from the past week Why Misinformation And Distrust Are Making COVID-19 More Dangerous For Black America By: Jason Breslow Across the United States – Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, New York, etc. – Black people are dying at disproportionately higher rates from COVID-19. Some factors that contribute to this include underlying…

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Weekly Health Digest: Decontaminating N95 masks, Healthcare for the Unemployed, Broken Bones, and more

Photo by Cara Shelton on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week Duke researchers are decontaminating N95 masks so doctors can reuse them to treat coronavirus patients By: Scottie Andrew The shortage of N95 respirator masks is driving physicians to wear used respirator masks while treating their patients, putting them at risk for infection.…

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Weekly Health Digest: Smell & COVID-19, Smell & Parkinson’s, How Soap Works, Social Distancing

Photo by Sean Benesh on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week Doctors say loss of sense of smell might be COVID-19 symptom By: Jacqueline Howard Patients around the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 without showing the usual symptoms but experiencing a loss in sense of smell – known as anosmia– and…

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Weekly Health Digest: Seasonal Flu Shot, Wearable for Alzheimer’s, Cholesterol-lowering Drug, COVID-19 Quarantine, Exercise Nutrition

This season’s flu shot 45 percent effective, an improvement over last season’s vaccine By: Erika Edwards The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the overall effectiveness of the influenza vaccine this season is 45%. Experts say, however, that this number may change as we are still currently in the middle of our flu season…

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Weekly Health Digest: Relevance of the Film Contagion, Widespread Flu, Reducing Stress, Loneliness

A summary of important health news from the past week. The 2011 film Contagion is even more relevant in 2020, and not just because of coronavirus By: Alissa Wilkinson Remember the 2011 film Contagion? It’s not surprising you don’t. When it came out, the film was lauded for its accurate, scientific depiction of how the…

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Weekly Health Digest: Coronavirus, Healthcare Tech, Surgeon General’s Warning, Kids and Cooking Shows

A summary of important health news from the past week Coronavirus explained: What you need to know By Jen Christensen and Meera Senthilingam The current Chinese coronavirus, similar to the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since its initial outbreak in December. While not much is known about the virus, it is known that it causes…

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