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  • Keeping an Eye Out for People Who Lack Access to Healthcare

    March 27, 2020

    In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s important to remember the needs of some of the community’s most vulnerable, according to Sarah Lewis, vice president of health equity for Hartford HealthCare. Lewis, who participated in the system’s press briefing on March 27, said, “We have seen some of…

  • Digestive Symptoms Now Linked to COVID-19

    March 26, 2020

    Fever, cough, shortness of breath – we all know the well-publicized symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19) by now, but research from the pandemic epicenter in China indicates that digestive symptoms need to be added to that list. According to a study published in the latest issue of the American Journal of…

  • Alert: Beware of Fake In-Home COVID-19 Tests

    March 26, 2020

    On the heels of a federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning about the health risks posed by fake in-home test kids for coronavirus (COVID-19), a Hartford HealthCare infectious disease specialist underscored the need to seek care only from trusted sources. “You should only be using a test that has…

  • ‘Flattening the COVID-19 Curve’: When Will it Happen?

    March 25, 2020

    Dr. Ajay Kumar, Chief Clinical Officer with Hartford HealthCare (HHC), offered this update March 25 on COVID-19 testing, personal protection equipment (PPE) donations and surge planning on Wednesday. He then fielded questions from local media. Using the word “optimistic” more than once regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kumar said thoughtful…

  • When COVID-19 Turns to Attacks Against Millennials, Asian Americans

    March 25, 2020

    A 20-something professional was running on a trail near her house this week to expend excess energy and anxiety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic when she was ambushed by the nasty comments of an older woman walking nearby. “Millennials! That’s why this is happening!” the older woman yelled, referring to…

  • COVID-19 Clinical Update: PPE Donations, Patient-Surge Planning

    March 24, 2020

    Dr. Ajay Kumar, Chief Clinical Officer at Hartford HealthCare, offered this update March 24 on COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment (PPE) donations and surge planning. He then fielded questions from local media. Daily, Dr. Kumar said Hartford HealthCare teams have been examining the system’s surge capacity and ability to tap…

  • Wanted: Blood Donations for Non-Coronavirus Patients

    March 24, 2020

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients don’t need blood transfusions, but the pandemic’s spread and related concerns about gathering in groups has triggered a severe shortage of blood supplies for those in emergency situations who do. Social-distancing directives have caused the cancellation of nearly 6,000 American Red Cross blood drives nationwide and more…

  • How to Avoid COVID-19 at the Supermarket

    March 23, 2020

    Such is the power of COVID-19 that, as we practice social distancing and “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” the scariest part of our week is going to the local grocery store. Is it safe? Yes, it’s safe to buy whatever is available but remain mindful that, though coronavirus spreads primarily person-to-person,…

  • Connecticut’s ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’ Guidelines

    March 22, 2020

    Here are the specifics of Gov. Ned Lamont’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” as Connecticut tries to limit its residents exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The plan, effective March 23 at 8 pm, includes these recommendations: Non-essential public community gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason should be canceled…

  • A Dietitian’s Tips to Help You Through COVID-19 Isolation

    March 20, 2020

    As we practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and minimize trips to the supermarket, here are a few points to keep in mind when considering our nutrition status and that of our family. No one food or supplement will protect you from getting the virus — no…


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