What’s the difference between RSV, the flu and covid-19?
Murray said his hospital is already starting to see RSV cases plateau. It’s hard to predict what might happen in the coming weeks, but it’s likely that flu cases will continue to rise. “If ever there was a year to get your flu vaccine, or to have your child get a flu vaccine, this is a year,” he said.Source: Washington Post
Why Is Everyone I Know Getting Sick?
Masks and social distancing made the common cold nearly disappear, but now these viruses are back with a vengeance. RSV is filling up emergency rooms, and flu season is off to a roaring start, too. It’s the worst season of respiratory illness in recent memory. Why is this happening? Alok and Sheena explain the leading theory behind the “tripledemic.” Vitals is a series that’s taking a new approach to health and medicine. Hosts Alok Patel, MD, and Sheena Williams RN are going beyond the headlines to answer your questions on the latest health topics. No judgment, no taboos. Just 100% science-based information.Source: PBS Vitals
For child care programs, masking helped minimize closures, study shows
A new Yale study that followed more than 6,600 child care professionals across the 50 states found that programs practicing child masking early in the pandemic saw lower rates of program interruption compared with those that did not.
Florida teachers union sues over return to in-person classes, as debate over school during the pandemic intensifies
Florida’s largest teachers union sued top state officials Monday over an order mandating a return of in-person schooling, drawing the courts into an increasingly politicized nationwide debate over when and how kids can return to class amid the coronavirus pandemic.Source: The Washington Post
How to plan a summer 'safecation': What to know about road trips, flying, hotels and more
As summer revs up, many families who've planned vacations and long-anticipated reunions are left wondering whether it's safe to travel during the coronavirus outbreak. Most states have reopened, giving residents a semblance of normalcy, but COVID-19 cases are still rising in some areas.Source: Today
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s deaths in single-digits for 4th straight day; medical officials urge continued social distancing and mask-wearing
Connecticut on Thursday reported its fourth consecutive day of single-digit coronavirus-related deaths, one day after the state entered the second phase of reopening. According to data released by the state, Connecticut has seen an additional seven coronavirus-related deaths, for a total of 4,226.Source: The Hartford Courant
Why the U.S. is experiencing a coronavirus plateau
Japan Today: When epidemiologists talked about "flattening the curve," they probably didn't mean it this way: the U.S. hit its peak coronavirus caseload in April, but since that time the graph has been on a seemingly unending plateau.Source: Japan Today
Furloughed due to COVID-19? Become a contact tracer.
Demand for coronavirus contact tracers has made it one of the fastest-growing jobs in the United States. Contact tracers reach out to people who may have been infected with the virus. They answer questions, provide information, and encourage people to stay home.Source: Big Think
Why people are flouting coronavirus social distancing precautions that we know save lives
With more than 100,000 Americans dead and rising from the novel coronavirus, health experts and other leaders have been pleading for people to adhere to their strict guidelines to keep people safe.Source: ABC News
Increased testing and fewer cases, but contact tracing still ‘ramping up’
As COVID-19 testing increases and the number of new cases of the virus is falling statewide — but climbing in New London County — Connecticut’s contact tracing efforts are “still ramping up,” according to the state Department of Public Health.Source: the Day