Do masks protect you even if nobody is else is wearing one? Yes

Does My Mask Protect Me if Nobody Else Is Wearing One? Masks work best when everyone in the room has one on, but you’ll still benefit from masking up even when those around you aren’t. By Tara Parker-Pope Sept. 21, 2021 If I’m the only person wearing a mask in a store or other indoor location, … Continue reading Do masks protect you even if nobody is else is wearing one? Yes

Health insurers stopping full coverage of COVID expenses

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/09/18/covid-hospital-bills-insurance-deductible/ The days of full covid coverage are over. Insurers are restoring deductibles and co-pays, leaving patients with big bills. Large insurance companies waived cost-sharing for coronavirus care in 2020, but it has sprung back in 2021 By Christopher RowlandSeptember 18, 2021 at 5:41 p.m. EDT Jamie Azar left a rehab hospital in Tennessee this week … Continue reading Health insurers stopping full coverage of COVID expenses

U.S. COVID-19 death toll now greater than that of 1918 pandemic

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/573011-us-covid-19-death-toll-surpasses-that-of-1918-pandemic US COVID-19 death toll surpasses that of 1918 pandemic BY PETER SULLIVAN - 09/20/21 03:58 PM EDT The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed that of the 1918 flu pandemic, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, highlighting the extraordinary damage incurred by the current virus. The U.S. has passed 675,000 deaths, the estimated toll from … Continue reading U.S. COVID-19 death toll now greater than that of 1918 pandemic

Another side-effect of the pandemic — we can’t sleep

This is when I remember a key lesson from long ago. Few of us are unique or alone in our reactions to events. Individual responses to this unnatural period of restriction, concern (if not fear), and uncertainty tend to follow a few patterns. One of them right now is having problems sleeping. More below. https://www.vox.com/22671566/sleep-deprived-insomnia-covid-pandemic-stress-anxietyContinue reading Another side-effect of the pandemic — we can’t sleep

Changing minds about vaccination — what works? why?

https://www.salon.com/2021/09/13/changing-your-mind-about-vaccines-people-can-do-it-for-a-number-of-reasons/ Changing your mind about vaccines: People can do it, for a number of reasons Among the shockingly large number of vaccine-averse Americans, many have come around By MATTHEW ROZSA Last week, President Joe Biden announced a series of new policies intended to pressure unvaccinated Americans into getting their COVID-19 shots. There was no pretense of … Continue reading Changing minds about vaccination — what works? why?

NatureQuant — a new way of encouraging the use of nature as medicine

https://apple.news/A-xJJYMGkROOEYCx6N8GiPQ -- OUTDOOR MAGAZINE INNOVATION 2021, 1 BRAIN ON NATURE CONGRATS, YOU JUST EARNED THREE LEAVES! A new app called NatureQuant harnesses the latest nature-is-medicine research to track and rate your time outside. Next up: determining the right dose.  THE CORPORATE ORIGIN STORY IS ALMOST PERFECT. ONCE UPON A TIME, A DATA GUY, A SOFTWARE … Continue reading NatureQuant — a new way of encouraging the use of nature as medicine

Snopes says CNN correct — 1 in 500 U.S. residents has died of COVID

From the Washington Post, an additional set of facts: it took 19 months for the pandemic in the United States to reach this cruel milestone: covid-19 has killed approximately 1 in 500 Americans. Those deaths were unevenly distributed across the populace by age and race. One in 35 Americans older than 85 died of covid-19. And Native … Continue reading Snopes says CNN correct — 1 in 500 U.S. residents has died of COVID

Another way of encouraging employees to vaccinate (from the MTA)

https://www.thecity.nyc/2021/9/12/22667777/no-covid-death-benefit-for-unvaccinated-mta-bus-subway-workers MTA Yanks $500K COVID Death Benefit From Unvaccinated Transit Workers BY JOSE MARTINEZ  SEP 12, 2021, 8:57 PM EDT MTA employee gets a shot at a COVID-19 vaccination center at the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road Station in Queens, Mar. 25, 2021. Struggling to get its workforce vaccinated, the MTA has pulled a $500,000 death benefit … Continue reading Another way of encouraging employees to vaccinate (from the MTA)

Enormous global study tells us how to feel better during the pandemic

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22641291/global-mental-health-covid-19-cognitive-reappraisal-study What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic Hundreds of psychologists looked for ways to make people feel better during the pandemic — and they found one.By Brian Resnick@B_resnickbrian@vox.com  Sep 6, 2021, 8:00am EDT During the pandemic, I’ve spent a lot of time alone. I live by myself. I work … Continue reading Enormous global study tells us how to feel better during the pandemic

Being prepared for an Ida may not be simple

As a new wearer of hearing aids, I've become freshly aware that much of what I need to take with me for a quick exit is either medical or related to hardware (flashlight, radio, Kindle, iPad, iPhone and their chargers or batteries). The author lists some of those items and reminded me that I need … Continue reading Being prepared for an Ida may not be simple

Neither coffee nor wine are the worst food for staining teeth

http://www.wellandgood.com/worst-drink-for-teeth/ Contrary to Popular Belief, the Worst Beverage for Staining Teeth Is Neither Wine Nor Coffee  Emily Laurence・September 7, 2021  There are some beauty goals that makeup just can't help with, and having a glistening grin of pearly whites is one of them. Unfortunately, getting your teeth professionally whitened can cost a pretty penny—according to … Continue reading Neither coffee nor wine are the worst food for staining teeth

230 medical journals: climate crisis already “greatest” health threat

https://www.axios.com/over-200-medical-journals-climate-change-action-health-928f6695-d47c-4bad-a058-6b2f1c2247ab.html Sep 6, 2021 - Energy & Environment Over 230 medical journals: Climate crisis is the "greatest" health threat Rebecca Falconer Floodwaters remain in Helmetta, New Jersey, on Aug. 22 following flash flooding as Tropical Storm Henri swept through. Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have experienced a weather disaster since June —  showing the extent to which climate change is … Continue reading 230 medical journals: climate crisis already “greatest” health threat