Hack to School
As schools reopen to in-classroom instruction, there may be a cautionary tale from Hong Kong. When children there returned to school in October, large numbers of kids began getting sick, despite mandatory masking, more spacing between desks and other measures intended to reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
But the vast majority of sick students did not have COVID-19. They were infected by rhinoviruses, i.e., the most common cause of the common cold. Researchers believe that the surge in illness was the consequence of children congregating after so many months of social distancing, which left them more susceptible to respiratory viruses.
Body of Knowledge
Your little finger contributes more than 50% of your hand's strength.
Get Me That, Stat!
The pandemic has plagued health care in myriad ways, not the least being its impact on regular health screenings. Case in point: Cervical cancer screenings have dramatically reduced illness and death, beginning with the introduction of the Pap test decades ago.
But a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of cervical cancer screenings in California during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order last spring showed screening rates plunged 80% across all demographics. Even after the order was lifted, rates remain 29% below 2019 levels.
Mark Your Calendar
April is awareness month for irritable bowel syndrome, autism, child abuse prevention, facial protection, minority health, Parkinson's disease, sarcoidosis, oral cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and testicular cancer. That's a lot to be aware of. Not surprisingly, April is also stress awareness month.
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