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  • Drop in COVID Positivity Rate Due to Increased Testing, Not a Weakening Virus

    June 09, 2020

    News that Connecticut’s COVID-19 “positivity rate,” or the number of people testing positive for the virus, is down seems like great news – maybe even cause for celebration that the virus is gone for good – but understanding the numbers tells a more cautionary tale. Dr. Ajay Kumar, chief clinical…

  • Summer Countdown: 9 Health Benefits of Sunshine

    June 08, 2020

    Usually, at this time of year, we like to warn people about the dangers of too much sunshine or too little protection from sunshine. Not today, with the state reopening after so many weeks of self-quarantine during COVID-19. In so many ways, glorious sunshine is good for your health. Here…

  • Hold the Rice! An Instant Pot Can Give Your COVID-19 Mask a Hospital-Grade Decontamination

    June 08, 2020

    Close to a quarter of adult Americans own an Instant Pot, the do-it-all kitchen appliance that’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, crockpot, rice cooker, steamer, food warmer and your personal saucier. Don’t stop there. More than one study has also shown the surprising hospital-grade abilities of rice cookers — that…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Mask Tips (And No Gloves!) From an Infectious Disease Doctor

    June 03, 2020

    Until recently, it was only cool for Batman to wear a mask. Now we’re all wearing them in varying patterns and styles to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. According to a study backed by the World Health Organization and published recently in The Lancet, putting a cloth or paper…

  • 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…

  • 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…


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