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COVID-19: Tips for going out again

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If coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stay-at-home restrictions are easing in your community, you might wonder how to visit public places and protect your health. Here's what you need to know.

Before you head out

Follow guidance where you live. In the U.S., activity restrictions vary among cities and states. Before you head out, check your ...Read more

California hospitals saw sharp drop in heart attacks during COVID-19 shutdown

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For years it's been one of the leading causes of death, a critical condition plaguing nearly every corner of the country. Every hour, seven people die from heart disease in the state but since the new coronavirus pandemic, some Northern California hospitals are admitting fewer heart attack patients than before.

The trend,...Read more

Is it safe for your kid to attend summer camp during coronavirus? Here's what experts say

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As the coronavirus continues to infect new people every day, summer camps are considering the best way to keep children safe this year. Some have decided to go virtual and others have been canceled entirely.

"The cancellation of camp this summer is profoundly disappointing for all of us after what already feels like an eternity of frustration ...Read more

Social distancing is particularly hard on those with eating disorders, experts say

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PHILADELPHIA -- When Lauren Rowello, a 29-year-old freelance writer based in Moorestown, N.J., developed COVID-19 symptoms -- a fever and severe cough -- in early March, she didn't know that the infection would also disrupt the balanced, healthy routine she had established after 15 years of struggling with an eating disorder.

Rowello also lost ...Read more

Is it safe to swim in a pool, lake or the ocean? Coronavirus questions answered

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Summer always means water, whether it's an ocean, lake, river, swimming pool or hot tub. But now that we're worrying more about germs, it's natural to wonder: Will this season's swimming, surfing, floating and soaking be as safe as it used to be?

Yes, many experts say.

"There is no data that somebody got infected this way (with coronavirus)," ...Read more

Why developing a COVID-19 vaccine is only part of the struggle

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Dr. Lilly Immergluck last week gave what she called "the vaccine lecture" to a group of Morehouse School of Medicine students.

Immergluck, a pediatrician, infectious disease specialist and an assistant professor at the Atlanta school since 2005, talks each year to all students there about how vaccines have helped control the spread of the ...Read more

This Philly cop had the coronavirus and was on a ventilator for 20 days. Now, he's sharing his story of hope.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bill Bolds knows what it's like to fight for his life.

He's spent 25 years working narcotics on the Philadelphia police force -- the kind of work that tests even a man of Bolds' imposing size: 6-foot-8, 300 pounds.

But in late March, Bolds was fighting something even his perilous job could not prepare him for: COVID-19. He lay ...Read more

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, video games can offer escape and connection

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Even as we enter a third month of COVID-19 lockdown, the pandemic seems to be all around us.

The coronavirus crisis isn't only on the TV screen or on the front page of your newspaper. It's there when you open Facebook or Twitter. It's the subject of countless texts, calls and video chats between worried family, friends and coworkers.

It's at ...Read more

Fewer traffic collisions during shutdown means longer waits for organ donations

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SAN FRANCISCO -- On Day Two of the San Francisco Bay Area's stay-at-home orders in March, Nohemi Jimenez got into her car in San Pablo, Calif., waved goodbye to her 3-year-old son and drove to her regular Wednesday dialysis appointment.

The roads were deserted. No traffic. Jimenez, 30, said it is hard to admit what she thought next: No traffic ...Read more

Have a reusable face mask? Here's how to wash it the right way

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Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended cloth face coverings for the general public, many have relied on those while reserving medical masks, such as N95 respirators, for medical workers.

While there are ways to properly wear and remove face masks in general (washing your hands is one step), cloth masks must be ...Read more

Tourists, beware: Foreign visitors' travel health insurance might exclude pandemics

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It was evident that the fever, nausea and loss of appetite Vlastimil Gajdoš felt on his wedding day was not a mere case of cold feet.

Gajdoš, 65, fell ill in Honolulu in March after arriving with his bride-to-be from the Czech Republic. He and Sylva Di Sandro, 58, intended to marry and honeymoon on the island.

While they did tie the knot, ...Read more

Coronavirus myth: Mouthwash can reduce the spread

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Hydrogen peroxide can be used to disinfect items around the house, or as an antiseptic to keep minor skin cuts from getting infected. So why not rinse your mouth with the colorless, caustic liquid to kill the coronavirus?

This idea isn't like President Donald Trump's potentially deadly suggestion that led to memes of him swigging Clorox bleach....Read more

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Donating blood to get back to work during COVID-19

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I saw an article recently about how donating blood could help treat people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and maybe let people go back to work. My neighbor said she was going to have a test and then donate blood, but she was not diagnosed with COVID-19, as far as I know. I think I may have had it based on my symptoms, ...Read more

She was about to give birth when she learned she had COVID-19. Here's what happened next

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Parnit Faber knew what was about to happen, as she labored with her third child, breathing heavily through a face mask.

But knowing didn't make the experience any easier.

After Faber gave birth to a boy, a nurse held up the infant for Faber to see, announced his weight -- and then carried him out of the room.

Her son Lucas was healthy. But ...Read more

Time for students to return school instruments? Here's how to properly clean them

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- It's that time of the year when students drop off items owned by their school.

Maybe a uniform or a musical instrument.

But as the coronavirus pandemic keeps schools closed, the return procedure calls for a different approach this year.

But what does one do when social distancing is required? How can students -- or their ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q And A: COVID-19 and people with disabilities

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Dear Mayo Clinic: My father, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease, lives with me and my family, including three children. While my husband can work at home, I am still required to go on-site for my job. Although I practice social distancing, I am wondering if I need to do anything differently in caring for my father so that I do not put him at ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: Health benefits of gardening

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Practicing social distancing means more time spent at home. And many people use this time to start a garden in their backyard. There's a saying that you reap what you sow. And in the case of a vegetable garden, a rich harvest may bring more than dinner. Anya Guy, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, says gardening is good for your body and mind.

Go ahead, ...Read more

Treating skin irritations from wearing face masks

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Since many people are wearing face masks because of COVID-19 pandemic requirements, skin irritations on the face might be more prevalent.

"People are getting friction and irritation across their nasal bridge, behind their ears and perhaps under their chin," says Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist. "That happens because of natural wear ...Read more

Returning to its roots, Indian Health Service seeks traditional healers

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Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice root.

After 10 years, the campus garden within the Fort Belknap reservation in northern Montana now holds more than 60 species that take up almost 30,000 square feet. Morales adds new ...Read more

Pillar Booth makes 'phone booths' for offices. Now it's creating booths to protect those doing COVID-19 testing

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CHICAGO -- Pillar Booth launched less than a year ago, selling soundproof "phone booths" companies can put in their offices to provide a distraction-free place for employees to work.

Such booths are gaining popularity as a respite from the noisiness of the open office. But with everyone working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pillar ...Read more