Which Mask Offers the Best Protection?

Your face mask can provide protection against the spread of the coronavirus. But quality matters! N95 and KN95 masks are the most effective at curbing the threat of aerosol transmission. These masks offer multiple layers of protection, and are designed to fit snugly over the nose and mouth without any openings around the edges. In research studies, the N95 and KN95 masks have been shown to block particles that are roughly the same diameter as the COVID virus by as much as 98.4%. ...

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10/14/2021 3:34:00 PM Comments(0)

Skipped your 2nd shot? It's not too late

The COVID-19 vaccine is your best shot for fighting the virus. But if you only got the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you might be missing out on all the benefits. To gain the best protection from those vaccines, you need two shots. Life gets busy, though, and sometimes taking time away from work or home becomes difficult. An illness might have interrupted your plans, or concern about side effects may have kept you from scheduling your second shot. Whatever your reason, there's goo...

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10/12/2021 1:00:00 PM Comments(0)

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Get the Vaccine

1. The vaccines are overwhelmingly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from the virus. 2. The vaccines are proven safe . For those who have been on the fence about vaccinations, and are taking a "wait and see" approach, it's important to note that nearly 164 million American adults have already been fully vaccinated. 3. The side effects of the vaccines are mild or non-existent . These side effects might include a temporary sore arm, headache or chills. The effects ...

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9/14/2021 2:37:00 PM Comments(0)

How to get more from your mask

Your face mask can provide protection against the spread of the coronavirus. But the fit matters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these tips for getting the most from your mask. Go for a snug fit The virus spreads mainly through droplets sent into the air by talking, coughing or just breathing. You want to be sure your face mask fits snugly so that droplets don't leak in or out. To check the fit, cup your hands around the edges of your mask. You should not feel air fl...

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8/26/2021 12:40:00 PM Comments(0)

COVID-19 Vaccines: Myths vs. Facts

As you consider getting vaccinated for COVID-19, you may have questions. You might even feel nervous. That's OK. Learning the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines can help you make a good choice for you, your family and your community. Here's a look at some common COVID-19 vaccine myths and facts. MYTH: Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can make me sick with COVID-19. None of the current U.S. vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. Instead, the vaccines teach your immune system how to recogn...

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3/29/2021 1:41:00 PM Comments(0)

Vaccine Hesitancy: What You Should Know

The COVID-19 vaccination roll-out has begun, and there is finally reason to hope that life can return to normal soon. We have all made sacrifices in the past year to protect ourselves and others from the virus, whether we’re wearing masks, practicing social distancing, or avoiding large gatherings. For generations, vaccines have protected the vulnerable across the globe, and have played the ultimate role in greatly diminishing and eradicating some of our deadliest diseases. The COVID-...

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2/5/2021 9:19:00 AM Comments(0)

Food safety in the age of COVID-19

Experts say there is no reason to believe that COVID-19 can be spread by food. That doesn't mean that you can forgo basic food safety habits, however. Pandemic or not, you should always handle and prepare food safely. That means you should: • Clean and disinfect countertops and other surfaces in your kitchen before and after cooking. • Wash your hands before and after handling food, and after wiping countertops and other surfaces with chemicals. • Wash fresh produce before eati...

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9/16/2020 10:38:00 AM Comments(0)

How to spot a COVID-19 contact tracing scam

Scammers are up to new tricks amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now they're posing as contact tracers. To be crystal clear, contact tracing is a real thing—it's when someone from a health department uses phone calls and other means of communication to identify those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Contact tracing is one of the best tools we have to help slow the spread of the virus. Sadly, would-be crooks are pretending to be contact tracers too. Their con? They may try to steal...

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8/26/2020 9:56:00 AM Comments(0)

How vaccines are developed

Vaccines help protect us from many diseases, but have you ever wondered what it takes to get a vital new vaccine to market? It's a rigorous testing and approval process. The basic steps: 1. Exploratory and preclinical research. In the earliest stages of development, lab scientists conduct basic research—they begin to explore the feasibility of a new vaccine. A candidate vaccine may then be studied in cell or tissue cultures and in animals but not yet in humans. 2. Clinical trials. Next, if...

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8/26/2020 9:52:00 AM Comments(0)