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  • New COVID-19 Phenomenon: Discarded Vinyl Gloves in Parking Lots

    April 01, 2020

    If you’ve been to a local grocery store or “essential’ retailer during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve probably seen a parking lot littered by shoppers with protective gloves. Yes, people are concerned about placing possibly contaminated gloves in their car. But let’s not get carried away. Most stores have outdoor trash…

  • Stay-at-Home Cooking: The FDA’s Four Steps To Food Safety

    April 01, 2020

    Editor’s note: Here’s a reminder to remain vigilant about foodborne illness during the COVID-19 pandemic with more people preparing food in their home. Follow these guidelines provided by the Food and Drug Administration. By Food and Drug Administration The food supply in the United States is among the safest in…

  • Are DIY Face Masks in Public an Answer Against COVID-19?

    March 31, 2020

    Not too long ago, the nation’s top medical experts were discouraging the use of N95 masks during the COVID-19 pandemic by anyone other than medical personnel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization each said only people with COVID-19 and those caring for them should…

  • These 8 Things Make it Harder for Immune Systems to Fight Illness (Like COVID-19)

    March 31, 2020

    Boosting the body’s immune system is even more important during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But it’s equally important to curb or stop any behaviors that can lower your resistance. The following are ways we hinder our immune system, which can not only leave the body more susceptible to viruses like…

  • Hartford HealthCare’s Flaks Appointed by Gov. Lamont to Assist State Covid-19 Response

    March 30, 2020

    Gov. Ned Lamont today announced details on the latest collaboration to assist in the state’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is appointing the CEOs of three of the largest hospital systems in Connecticut – Hartford HealthCare, Nuvance Health, and Yale New Haven Health – to serve as co-chairs…

  • Takeout? Pick Up These COVID-19 Safety Tips First

    March 30, 2020

    Do not fear takeout food. It is safe to eat, says the Food and Drug Administration. The COVID-19 risk, health officials say, is more likely food packaging and interaction with restaurant workers, fellow takeout customers or delivery people. Let’s assess the risks: The Takeout Food Coronavirus spreads primarily through person-to-person…

  • Need Medical Attention? Play it Safe During COVID-19 With a Virtual Health Visit

    March 27, 2020

    Dr. Mark Prete, Hartford HealthCare Senior Vice President and Hartford HealthCare Medical Group President, discusses virtual health’s role during the COVID-19 pandemic and also how it’s being used by medical specialists in a March 26 visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Here is an edited version of the interview: Q: Hartford HealthCare…

  • 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…


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