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  • 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…

  • How to Have Fun, and Remain Safe, at the Beach or Pool This Summer

    June 05, 2020

    It beckons with the rhythmic ebb of the waves and the promise of a cool dip on a hot day, feeding the soul, which needs it more than ever after a grueling few months of COVID-19. The beach – like any other favorite outdoor spots – is not off-limits in…

  • Will COVID-19 Mutate By Fall? Why That Could Be a Good Thing

    June 04, 2020

    As the world’s eyes skip over the summer to a potential resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall, the major advantage will be experience and preparation, according to Hartford HealthCare‘s chief clinical officer. Dr. Ajay Kumar said reinforcing and reinstituting protective measures such as social distancing and isolation early and thoughtfully…

  • 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…

  • Cellphone Location Data in May Shows Big Behavior Changes in Connecticut

    June 01, 2020

    Your cellphone doesn’t lie. Google’s latest Community Mobility Report, dated May 25, reflects an overwhelming desire by Connecticut residents to get outdoors — and still avoid going into their workplace — as the state economy reopens and the weather brightens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Use of parks, from April 13…

  • MIT-Hartford HealthCare Model Shows No ‘Significant Second Wave’ of COVID-19 This Summer

    May 29, 2020

    So far, so good, is the assessment from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) analytics team that partnered with Hartford HealthCare (HHC) to track and predict the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides being “remarkably accurate” in pinpointing the peak of infection activity thus far, Dr. Dimitris Bertsimas, the dean…

  • Mobile COVID-19 Program Reaches State’s Underserved

    May 28, 2020

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC) this week reached a milestone of 37,864 COVID-19 tests completed. Thousands were through its mobile testing program, designed to help reach underserved population across Connecticut, according to Dr. Ajay Kumar, chief clinical officer for the system. Because testing is critical to managing the spread of the virus and…

  • Do NOT Use a Mask With a Filtered Valve (It Can Spread COVID-19)

    May 26, 2020

    It’s easy to spot a mask that could put anyone who comes within 6 feet of the wearer at risk of COVID-19 exposure. Look for a little plastic valve. These are known as one-way valves, with the filter functional only in one direction. As you inhale, the incoming air is…

  • Is it Safe to Take a Summer Vacation, Even Fly?

    May 22, 2020

    Distancing, both physical and social, is the buzzword of the year and one Hartford HealthCare (HHC) experts want you to remember as the state reopens and you begin venturing out of your home this summer. The warmer months, when kids are traditionally of school, are a time when many people…

  • CDC’s COVID-19 Update Spares Pets, Downgrades Threat of Infected Surfaces

    May 22, 2020

    COVID-19 spreads more person-to-person than surface-to-person or animal-to-person, according to the latest update guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The person-to-person spread surprises no one, but the CDC has downgraded the risk of  touching a contaminated surface, then infecting yourself by touching your nose, eyes or mouth….

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