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)