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  • Fact or Fiction: 19 Hot COVID-19 Myths

    June 24, 2020

    Wearing a mask in public during the COVID-19 pandemic is great advice. But please don’t wear blinders when reading about the coronavirus, because a lot of the information bouncing around the Internet is inaccurate. Like these 19 COVID-19 myths: 1. You can’t catch COVID-19 unless you’re near someone infected with…

  • Virtual Health Visits Nearing 200,000 Since COVID-19. Here’s How it Works.

    June 18, 2020

    Telemedicine was not a new concept when the COVID-19 pandemic locked society down in March, it was simply underutilized. “I’ve been using virtual visits for several years now with my pacemaker patients,” said Dr. Steven Zweibel, system director of cardiac electrophysiology for the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Heart & Vascular Institute….

  • No Debate: New Study Shows How Masks Slow Spread of COVID-19

    June 17, 2020

    Some people fight it, but you can’t beat a mask for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in public when social distancing isn’t possible. Here’s some evidence: A study released this week in Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed healthcare journal, found that masks prevented as many as 230,000 to 450,000 COVID-19 cases…

  • What To Do When Someone Invades Your 6-Foot Space

    June 15, 2020

    If the old Police lyrics “Don’t stand so close to me. . .” play in your head in this COVID-19 world, you’ve probably wondered how to talk with people who invade your 6-foot social-distancing zone. It’s a tough conversation. You want to be polite and avoid an argument, but you…

  • Get COVID-19 Answers From an Infectious Disease Doctor

    June 10, 2020

    Here is an edited version of a recent question-and-answer session with Dr. Faiqa Cheema, a Hartford HealthCare infectious disease specialist for subscribers: Q: What are the odds of a recurrence of the pandemic in the fall? A: It is very possible to see a second wave of coronavirus that may…

  • Drop in COVID Positivity Rate Due to Increased Testing, Not a Weakening Virus

    June 09, 2020

    News that Connecticut’s COVID-19 “positivity rate,” or the number of people testing positive for the virus, is down seems like great news – maybe even cause for celebration that the virus is gone for good – but understanding the numbers tells a more cautionary tale. Dr. Ajay Kumar, chief clinical…

  • Summer Countdown: 9 Health Benefits of Sunshine

    June 08, 2020

    Usually, at this time of year, we like to warn people about the dangers of too much sunshine or too little protection from sunshine. Not today, with the state reopening after so many weeks of self-quarantine during COVID-19. In so many ways, glorious sunshine is good for your health. Here…

  • Hold the Rice! An Instant Pot Can Give Your COVID-19 Mask a Hospital-Grade Decontamination

    June 08, 2020

    Close to a quarter of adult Americans own an Instant Pot, the do-it-all kitchen appliance that’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, crockpot, rice cooker, steamer, food warmer and your personal saucier. Don’t stop there. More than one study has also shown the surprising hospital-grade abilities of rice cookers — that…

  • How to Protest, Safely, During COVID-19

    June 08, 2020

    There’s one thing that doesn’t care about your politics in the recent protests across the United States – COVID-19. Demonstrations, protests and marches might prove to be “seeding” or “super-spreader” events that trigger waves of new virus infections, according to Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers of Disease Control…

  • New Visitor Guidelines: Hospital Restrictions Eased

    June 04, 2020

    With safety measures in place, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) announced a phased-in relaxation of the visitor restrictions put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was the right thing to do, the safe thing to do to try to limit the potential spread of this virus,” said HHC President and CEO…

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