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  • 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…

  • A Healthier You: Upcoming Webinars in May

    May 19, 2020

    The classes and events Hartford HealthCare brought you every week, before COVID-19, aren’t going away. We’re bringing them to you in a new series of webinars you can watch, then ask our professionals any questions you might have. In the next week, you can join webinars on Medicare basics, a…

  • Why Paramedics Are Now Needed in the Emergency Room

    May 18, 2020

    The fear of coming into contact with COVID-19 has many people making dangerous gambles with their health and avoiding emergency care until they are in crisis. But at Hartford HealthCare (HHC), that’s when experts in pre-hospital medical care are pressed into service. Paramedics like Tom Latosek at HHC’s Charlotte Hungerford…

  • 7 Ways to Make Hospitals, Doctors’ Offices Safe From COVID-19 as State Reopens

    May 15, 2020

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hartford HealthCare has never closed. But to help contain the spread of the virus, it suspended nonessential services, procedures and testing. Gradually, those services are phasing in at Hartford HealthCare hospitals, surgery centers, primary care offices, health centers and other facilities (above, the Bone & Joint…

  • How COVID-19 Might Reshape Healthcare

    May 15, 2020

    As “unprecedented” as the COVID-19 pandemic has been, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) President and CEO Jeff Flaks said it will guide transformation of the healthcare industry. “We’re going to see a new industry emerge worldwide – new beds, new ways to clean rooms, new ways to enter rooms,” he said in…

  • Covid-19 and Your Car (And, Soon, New Passengers)

    May 14, 2020

    Getting back into the real world of a reopened economy also means getting back into your car more frequently, sometimes with other people. Think of a vehicle as a tiny living space. OK, you’re already paranoid. So start by maintaining, as best as possible within that space, the practices shared…

  • New Report: Summer Heat Won’t Slow COVID-19

    May 11, 2020

    The flu is seasonal, but experts say COVID-19 is not, so don’t expect it to take a break as the mercury rises this summer. The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a report May 8 in which University of Toronto researchers reported the virus and its spread is not fueled by…

  • Healthcare Workers Front and Center During COVID-19 Pandemic

    May 06, 2020

    Even if  we were not commemorating National Nurses Week, National Hospital Week and National Emergency Medical Services Week this month, it would certainly feel like it. The signs are everywhere in communities across Connecticut, on mailboxes and lawns, in household windows and on windshields. Our health, and the state’s healthcare workers, have…

  • Chief Clinical Officer: No Reason to Put Off Procedures Now

    May 05, 2020

    The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic saw hospitals nationwide cancel all but emergent surgeries to keep people out of the buildings and safely away from any potential contact with the lethal virus. With the COVID-19 peak for hospitalizations passed in Connecticut, those days are about to pass, and Dr. Ajay Kumar,…


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