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  • 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,…

  • Antiviral Drug Remdesivir To Be Used For Seriously Ill COVID-19 Patients

    May 05, 2020

    Hartford HealthCare will start using the recently-approved drug remdesivir for specific, extremely ill COVID-19 patients within the next week. Eric Arlia, MBA, RPh, senior director of pharmacy for the system, said he expects a supply from the federal government, which is distributing the drug to healthcare facilities based on the number…

  • The Top 7 COVID-19 Symptoms, Ranked by Prevalence

    May 05, 2020

    Initial COVID-19 symptoms vary, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most people with a coronavirus infection will experience: Fever (83-99 percent). Cough (59-82 percent). Fatigue (44-70 percent). Anorexia (40-84 percent). Shortness of breath (31-40 percent). Sputum production (28-33 percent). Muscle aches (11-35 percent). The CDC says in…

  • How Will Hospitals Prepare for Second Wave During COVID-19 Slowdown?

    May 04, 2020

    Warm weather may beckon, but this is not the time to relax social distancing practices because national and local healthcare experts still predict a second wave of COVID-19 will hit this fall. “Social distancing is the only thing we have to decrease the spread of this disease,” said Dr. Ajay Kumar,…

  • Hartford HealthCare Adding 2 COVID-19 Testing Sites, Mobile Unit

    April 29, 2020

    Hartford HealthCare is opening new coronavirus testing sites in Westport and Newington, as well as launching a mobile unit. The mobile vehicle (for more details, click here) and two testing sites will help increase daily testing to 2,500 per day — a key initiative to reach vulnerable populations, determine the…

  • These Hand-Washing Mistakes Could Increase COVID-19 Risk

    April 29, 2020

    We’ve been washing our hands – to varying degrees of effectiveness – since gathering around the foot-pumped sinks in kindergarten, but at a time where it provides crucial protection against a deadly virus, could we be doing it better? There are a few basic mistakes many make when hand-washing, which…

  • CDC Identifies More Symptoms of COVID-19 Infection

    April 27, 2020

    For weeks, we’ve been eagle-eyed for fevers, coughing and trouble breathing, but doctors are now revealing additional symptoms that can be signs of the deadly COVID-19 virus. The Centers for Disease Control recently expanded the list of signs a person may be infected with the virus to include: Muscle pain….

  • Where’s Your Mask? In Public, It’s Now Required in These Situations

    April 22, 2020

    How’s it going, fellow mask-wearers? Maybe you haven’t heard. If you’re anywhere in public in Connecticut and cannot maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing, you must use a mask or otherwise cover your mouth and nose with a bandana or other material. It’s a state mandate. You won’t…


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