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How Long Does SARS-CoV-2 Last on Surfaces? What We Know COVID-19

 It’s on everybody’s mind, to some extent, right now. If a surface is contaminated with the SARS-CoV-2virus, how long does it pose a risk of infection? The virus is thought to mainly spread through respiratory droplets. These are produced in a cloud when a person coughs or sneezes, or even talks. Some potentially-virus-laden droplets might end up getting breathed in by other people in the vicinity. But many of them end up landing on objects like door handles or water faucets.  When that happens, infectious disease experts refer to that door handle as a fomite. And if a person then touches the fomite while the virus is still infectious, they can then spread it to new surfaces, or actually infect themselves. Fomites aren’t just for viruses -- any type of pathogen can create fomites -- but we’re talking about viruses… obvious reasons. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus particles don't last forever -- or even all that long. Eventually, the protein coat that allows the virus to actu

How To Stay Healthy When Your Child, Spouse Or Roommate Has COVID-19

By now, you've likely heard the advice: If you suspect that you're sick with COVID-19, or live with someone who is showing symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus, be prepared to ride it out at home. That's because the vast majority of cases are mild or moderate, and while these cases can feel as rough as a very bad flu and even include some cases of pneumonia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says  most of these patients  will be able to recover without medical assistance. (If you're having trouble breathing or other emergency  warning signs , seek medical help immediately.) But this general advice means anyone living in the same household with the sick person could get infected — a real concern, since research so far suggests household transmission is one of the main ways the coronavirus spreads. So how do you minimize your risk when moving out isn't an option? Here's what infectious disease and public health experts have to sa

This Photo of a Husband and Wife Working on a COVID-19 Team Shows the Reality of Working in Hospitals Now

The couple's sweet moment together reflects their devotion to each other and their jobs saving lives. Nurses are on the battlefront of the coronavirus pandemic, working grueling shifts in overcrowded hospitals to assist save lives while sacrificing their own safety and time with loved ones. Nothing illustrates this devotion and sacrifice quite this emotional photo of two nurse anesthetists who are married to every other and work on an equivalent Anesthesia COVID-19 Airway team—savoring their limited time together without knowing what is going to come next, and if their own lives are at stake. Nicole Hubbard, a chief nurse anesthetist at a hospital in Tampa, Florida, took the photo of her two married colleagues, Ben Cayer and Mindy Brock, and posted it to Facebook on March 31. Cayer and Brock also are both nurse anesthetists. The photo shows them moments before they started their shift on their hospital's Anesthesia COVID-19 Airway team.

Some People Are Reporting Fever Dreams With COVID-19—Here's What That Means

A fever—a temperature of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. When the body is fighting a virus like the new coronavirus (or any other type of infection, really), its core temperature shoots up from its normal range (usually between 97 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit) to defend itself against temperature-sensitive pathogens like bacteria and viruses. The higher the temperature, the harder it is for pathogens to multiply in our bodies. The telltale symptoms of a fever are pretty recognizable: aches, chills, sweating—but in some cases, those dealing with a higher-than-normal body temperature may also experience vivid, sometimes disturbing, negatively-toned dreams known as "fever dreams." That's what reportedly what happened to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31. Days later, on April 2, Chris shared his coronavirus symptoms with his brothe

If Coronavirus Patients Outnumber Ventilators, Who Gets One? Here's How Doctors Decide

What do existing guidelines tell us about how doctors and nurses are likely to allocate scarce resources in the face of a pandemic? For weeks, ny Governor Andrew Cuomo has pleaded with the federal for more ventilators—most urgently on behalf of latest York City, the present epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak within the us . and every week that has passed has brought the region closer to a nightmare scenario: having more patients who need ventilators than there are machines for them to use. It’s like watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in Times Square , only with none of the thrill , joy, hope—or, God forbid, crowds. It’s the grimmest of countdowns. The governor hasn’t publicly elaborated on how hospitals will decide who gets the doubtless life-saving equipment within the event of a shortage. When asked at a news conference on March 31, he said, "I don't even want to believe that consequence. i would like to try to to everything I can to possess as many ventilator

Daily Dietary Guidelines

Issuer: National Health Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare The 107 edition of the "Daily Dietary Guidelines" not only aims to prevent nutrient deficiencies (70% DRIs), but also refers to the latest epidemiological research results, taking into consideration dietary principles to reduce the risk of cardiovascular metabolic diseases and cancer, It is recommended to use the appropriate proportion of the three major nutrients (protein 10-20%, lipid 20-30%, sugar (carbohydrate) 50-60%). Based on the principle of empirical nutrition, try to calculate the composition of various diets, and finally put forward dietary recommendations suitable for most people in China. This edition of the Daily Dietary Guide covers six categories of food: whole grains, beans, fish, eggs, meat, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, fats, and nuts and seeds; and proposes portions for 7 types of calorie requirements. by Our Healh Guides

How to make DIY fabric masks

Running out of masks? Many have thought of making them themselves and on the web, tutorials to create masks at home starting from a piece of fabric and other simple materials are now on the agenda. Those are also welcome, but be careful: the fact remains that only certified masks that comply with the regulations are effective. That said, if you feel safer going out wearing a sort of screen between your nose and mouth and the masks you had in stock are finished (remember that the surgical ones are not reusable several times anyway), they can also be created at home if you have even small sewing skills. Nothing simpler, but it should be reiterated that these masks do not protect against contagion, but they are an additional measure to protect the mouth and nose from contact with the hands and prevent the most macroscopic parts from being dispersed. These masks are not a medical device, and cannot replace it! From Malaysia, the young Ching Ng encourages those who are familiar w

Senate closes in on trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus bill

Senate Democrats on Sunday hindered a coronavirus upgrade bundle from pushing ahead as chats on a few key arrangements remain slowed down. Representatives casted a ballot 47-47 on propelling a "shell" charge, a placeholder that the content of the upgrade enactment would have been swapped into, missing the mark regarding the three-fifths edge expected to propel the proposition. Any expectations of a speedy upgrade bargain immediately unwound on Sunday as the four congressional pioneers and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin neglected to break the stalemate. Senate Dominant part Pioneer Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) likewise deferred the procedural decision in favor of three hours as they attempted to get it. Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said there was a concession to the "general forms" of the bundle yet that they were all the while dealing with "connecting a portion of the arrangement" and numbers. "That is to say, there are