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  • 10 Tips to Keep Your Summer Cookout Safe During COVID-19

    May 26, 2020

    The summer season is officially underway and whether you spent the holiday weekend at home – again! – or widening your world in some way, chances are you’ll be trying to socialize sometime soon. COVID-19 social distancing guidelines have kept us largely at home. As infection rates decline, many are…

  • Do NOT Use a Mask With a Filtered Valve (It Can Spread COVID-19)

    May 26, 2020

    It’s easy to spot a mask that could put anyone who comes within 6 feet of the wearer at risk of COVID-19 exposure. Look for a little plastic valve. These are known as one-way valves, with the filter functional only in one direction. As you inhale, the incoming air is…

  • CDC’s COVID-19 Update Spares Pets, Downgrades Threat of Infected Surfaces

    May 22, 2020

    COVID-19 spreads more person-to-person than surface-to-person or animal-to-person, according to the latest update guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The person-to-person spread surprises no one, but the CDC has downgraded the risk of  touching a contaminated surface, then infecting yourself by touching your nose, eyes or mouth….

  • Ready to Dine Out? Here Are the New Restaurant Rules

    May 18, 2020

    It’s OK to dine out in Connecticut, effective May 20, as long as you dine outside. The outdoor-only mandate for the state’s restaurants is part of Gov. Ned Lamont’s Phase 1 plan to reopen the state’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some guidelines diners will notice: Restaurants can…

  • 7 Ways to Make Hospitals, Doctors’ Offices Safe From COVID-19 as State Reopens

    May 15, 2020

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hartford HealthCare has never closed. But to help contain the spread of the virus, it suspended nonessential services, procedures and testing. Gradually, those services are phasing in at Hartford HealthCare hospitals, surgery centers, primary care offices, health centers and other facilities (above, the Bone & Joint…

  • Covid-19 and Your Car (And, Soon, New Passengers)

    May 14, 2020

    Getting back into the real world of a reopened economy also means getting back into your car more frequently, sometimes with other people. Think of a vehicle as a tiny living space. OK, you’re already paranoid. So start by maintaining, as best as possible within that space, the practices shared…

  • Backus lab produces homegrown hand sanitizer

    May 13, 2020

    With hand sanitizer flying off the shelf, local distilleries and even some homespun scientists have developed and distributed their own versions of today’s hottest commodity. The Backus Hospital pharmacy team has similarly put its stamp on the hand sanitizer business. In late March, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance…

  • Backus Hospital OT fills bags with games and love

    May 13, 2020

    Gwen Rice is in the business of helping people. As an occupational therapist at the Backus Outpatient Care Center in Norwich, she works daily to improve the quality of life for her patients. When COVID-19 hit, Rice rallied her co-workers and her social media following to help patients affected by…

  • A New Look: A Trip to Your Local Barbershop, Salon

    May 12, 2020

    Does anyone’s things-to-do list when Connecticut’s economy reopens not include a haircut? If barbershops and hair salons open June 1, as now scheduled, things will be different. Do not expect, or ask for, “the usual.” You won’t get it. Your experience is going to be much different, probably for a…

  • New Report: Summer Heat Won’t Slow COVID-19

    May 11, 2020

    The flu is seasonal, but experts say COVID-19 is not, so don’t expect it to take a break as the mercury rises this summer. The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a report May 8 in which University of Toronto researchers reported the virus and its spread is not fueled by…


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