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Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions: Long Covid, Boosters and More – The New York Times

“When the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020, we had a seemingly endless amount of questions and not so many answers. Now, more than two years later, we’re still learning how to live with the virus. And while many questions remain unanswered, there’s a lot we have learned about Covid-19 to navigate our lives amid the backdrop of a pandemic.Here are links to answers to some of the Covid questions you may still have:

Does my mask protect me if nobody else is wearing one?

How can I find a quality mask (and avoid counterfeits)?

I tested positive. Now what?

What antiviral treatments are available and do I qualify for them?

What should I do if I was exposed to someone with Covid?

How often can you be infected with the coronavirus?

The home test is negative, but could I still have Covid?

Do I need a booster shot if I’ve already had Covid?

Who is currently eligible for a second booster shot?

What is long Covid? How will I know if I have it?

Can vaccines protect against long Covid?

Continue reading at >Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions: Long Covid, Boosters and More – The New York Times

Back to Ants? America Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral – The Atlantic

As the U.S. heads toward the winter, the country is going round in circles, making the same conceptual errors that have plagued it since spring.

Full story of excerpts below at Source: >America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral – The Atlantic

Army ants will sometimes walk in circles until they die. The workers navigate by smelling the pheromone trails of workers in front of them, while laying down pheromones for others to follow. If these trails accidentally loop back on themselves, the ants are trapped. They become a thick, swirling vortex of bodies that resembles a hurricane as viewed from space. They march endlessly until they’re felled by exhaustion or dehydration. The ants can sense no picture bigger than what’s immediately ahead. They have no coordinating force to guide them to safety. They are imprisoned by a wall of their own instincts. This phenomenon is called the death spiral. I can think of no better metaphor for the United States of America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many Americans trusted intuition to help guide them through this disaster. They grabbed onto whatever solution was most prominent in the moment, and bounced from one (often false) hope to the next. They saw the actions that individual people were taking, and blamed and shamed their neighbors. They lapsed into magical thinking, and believed that the world would return to normal within months. Following these impulses was simpler than navigating a web of solutions, staring down broken systems, and accepting that the pandemic would rage for at least a year.

The country is now trapped in an intuition nightmare: Like the spiraling ants, Americans are walled in by their own unhelpful instincts, which lead them round and round in self-destructive circles. ..Here, then, are nine errors of intuition that still hamstring the U.S. pandemic response, and a glimpse at the future if they continue unchecked.

Continue reading at source link above


Why Herd Immunity Won’t Save Us : Short Wave : NPR

>Fact Check: Johns Hopkins Graph Misinterpreted, Shared With Claim Of Herd Immunity Attained In USA Against COVID-19

>Coronavirus Today: The costs of herd immunity – Los Angeles Times

>Dr. Fauci On COVID ‘Herd Immunity’ | Moms.com

>Herd Immunity to COVID-19 Fails to Materialize in Sweden

“This pandemic has upended our world. It’s cost millions of people their jobs, closed schools, taken a lot of lives. It’s had such a huge effect in such a short period of time, so it’s understandable that many people comfort themselves by thinking this will pass; sooner or later, this virus will just go away.

13 minute podcast and Read full story of excerpts below at Source: >Why Herd Immunity Won’t Save Us : Short Wave : NPR

as good as herd immunity might look on paper, the real world is turning out to be a lot more complicated. All over the globe, millions are being infected, but the coronavirus is still here… “I think it’s going to be with us probably forever at this point. I mean, at a global scale, it’s going to be with us, and it’s how we decide to live with it… “herd immunity – what it is, why it became so popular in this pandemic and why it probably just isn’t going to happen.

“as soon as governments start floating these ideas of letting the virus pass through the population, scientists start projecting astronomical death counts that would result. And so herd immunity as an official policy basically dies before it ever gets started. There is just no way politically to embrace the strategy

“But the idea of natural herd immunity doesn’t really die. And this is what I find interesting. There’s still this sort of idea that somehow, the virus will eventually just vanish. And you’ve been hearing this a lot in recent weeks

Sweden never officially pursued a herd immunity approach, but they got kind of as close as any country has. They had this really light lockdown. They limited gatherings to 50 people or less, kept everything open with minor restrictions, like table-only seating at restaurants. And in the spring, Swedish officials were bragging that Stockholm might effectively reach herd immunity by the end of May.

Blood tests showed not that many people in Sweden have been infected with the coronavirus. It’s maybe 5%. And for natural herd immunity for this virus, that number has to reach more like 50% to 80%. Meanwhile, Sweden has had higher death rates than its Nordic neighbors like Norway, and their economy is suffering badly. So this has not worked well in practice.

Continue with full story at source link above.

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How To Politely Ask Someone To Follow COVID-19 Guidelines : Life Kit : NPR

How do you tell a stranger to be better at social distancing? What do you do when a backyard gathering suddenly has one too many unmasked guests? This episode walks through the new rules of etiquette during COVID-19.

Full story of excerpts below at Source: >How To Politely Ask Someone To Follow COVID-19 Guidelines : Life Kit : NPR

“Although we are living through a pandemic, says Swann, people still want to treat each other with kindness and respect — and “conduct themselves so that they’re not offending others, not hurting other people’s feelings.”

Questions answered in source link above:

1. How do I tell somebody — especially a stranger — to step back because that person is just too close to me?

2. What if I ask a person to keep their distance or put on their mask — and they say no?

3. It makes my blood boil when I see people not following the pandemic guidelines. Can I intervene?

4. What if I’m at a socially distanced outdoor gathering and, after a few hours, people start to bend the rules a little bit?

5. A friend invited me to hang out. How do I know whether it’s safe to do so? We might not be on the same page with the pandemic protocols.

6. BONUS ADVICE: What the heck do I do with my mask at a socially distanced meal?

>A Pocket Guide to COVID-19 Etiquette With Elaine Swann

Your ‘Doomscrolling’ Breeds Anxiety. Here’s How To Stop The Cycle : NPR

“With too much time on our hands, some people are spending a lot of time seeking out bad news. It’s called doomscrolling. Dr. Janet Johnson from UT Dallas talks to Good Day about why people seek out bad news.

3 Minute Podcast and Full Story of excerpts below at Source: >Your ‘Doomscrolling’ Breeds Anxiety. Here’s How To Stop The Cycle : NPR

“This self-destructive behavior has become so common that a new word for it has entered our lexicon: “doomscrolling.” The recent onslaught of dystopian stories related to the coronavirus pandemic, combined with stay-at-home orders, have enabled our penchant for binging on bad news. But the habit is eroding our mental health, experts say.

Our minds are wired to look out for threats,..The more time we spend scrolling, the more we find those dangers, the more we get sucked into them, the more anxious we get. That grim content can then throw a dark filter how you see the world..Now you look around yourself, and everything feels gloomy, everything makes you anxious. So you go back to look for more information.

“Aldao, the director of Together CBT, a clinic that specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, has worked with her patients to cut back on doomscrolling.

Click on the source link above to see her advice

“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” Deepak Chopra

The Pandemic Is Pushing Scientists To Rethink How They Read Research Papers – NPR

>Factcheck – A Guide to Our Coronavirus Coverage

>Guide to Online Health Information 16 minute learning activity

>Snopes Factchecking Medical Section

>Newsguard COVID-19 Misinformation Resources

>Health Feedback Scientists Sorting Fact from Fiction

>Patient Advisor posts tag: Misinformation

“The coronavirus pandemic has posed a special challenge for scientists: Figuring out how to make sense of a flood of scientific papers from labs and scientists unfamiliar to them.

Read full story at source: >The Pandemic Is Pushing Scientists To Rethink How They Read Research Papers

“More than 6,000 coronavirus-related preprints from researchers around the world have been posted since the pandemic began, without the usual peer review as a quality check. Some are poor quality, while others, including papers from China from early in the course of the epidemic, contain vital information.

It takes a large investment of attention and effort to really dig deeply into a manuscript to scrutinize the methods, the claims and the relationship between the methods and the claims

“In the case of the hydroxychloroquine study… the reported results had veered significantly from their previously stated experimental plan. “Those struck me as a lot of major red flags…It probably took me something between 15 minutes and 30 minutes to come to the conclusion that this paper wasn’t worth the time of day. Sure enough, the promise of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment eventually crumbled, as several larger studies failed to show any benefit.

One way researchers are working to overcome bias is by coming together to form international research teams... Motivated by a desire to address “a common threat to humanity”

Read full story at source link above.

Coronavirus can float in air — and experts say WHO and CDC should tell people that | KTLA

>NPR 10 minute podcast: Scientists Debate How Coronavirus Spreads, Experts Push For Mask Mandate

>The Scientists Debate: Is COVID-19 transmitted by airborne aerosols?

>Major News Outlets: Is COVID Airborne? 239 Scientists Say Evidence Shows It Is, Urge WHO, CDC To Alter Recommendations

“Most public health organizations, including the World Health Organization, do not recognize airborne transmission except for aerosol-generating procedures performed in healthcare settings. Hand washing and social distancing are appropriate, but in our view, insufficient to provide protection from virus-carrying respiratory microdroplets released into the air by infected people,”

‘They don’t want to talk about airborne transmission because that is going to make people afraid’

Read full story at Source: >Coronavirus can float in air — and experts say WHO and CDC should tell people that | KTLA

“Studies by the signatories and other scientists have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, talking, and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft in air and pose a risk of exposure at distances beyond 1 to 2 meters (yards) from an infected individual,”

“For example, at typical indoor air velocities, a 5 nanometre droplet will travel tens of meters, much greater than the scale of a typical room, while settling from a height of 1.5 metres (about five feet) to the floor.” What’s not clearly understood is how important droplet size is to coronavirus transmission,

“A lot of people crowded close together indoors where it is poorly ventilated — that is what drives the pandemic,” … A loud bar, where people must raise their voices to be heard, is a perfect storm of close contact, poor air circulation and people generating a lot of virus-carrying particles by talking, laughing and shouting.

Advice to avoid coronavirus transmission:

“I am very much concerned about the general public and schools and ventilation in school buildings and in dorms on college campuses and in bars and in churches and where people sing and where people congregate,” 

• Provide sufficient and effective ventilation (supply clean outdoor air, minimize recirculating air) particularly in public buildings, workplace environments, schools, hospitals and age care homes.

• Supplement general ventilation with airborne infection controls such as local exhaust, high efficiency air filtration, and germicidal ultraviolet lights. (These would be placed high up in the ceiling to avoid damage to people’s eyes and skin)

• Avoid overcrowding, particularly in public transport and public buildings.

“Such measures are practical and often can be easily implemented; many are not costly, For example, simple steps such as opening both doors and windows can dramatically increase air flow rates in many buildings…In buildings, carbon dioxide monitors can help managers know if the air is being refreshed properly.

“In a car, open windows and make sure the air conditioning or heat is not recirculated but set to include outside air.

Continue reading full story at source link above.

Coronavirus Lockdowns Saved Millions Of Lives, Journal ‘Nature’ Reports : NPR

“When it comes to controlling the spread of the coronavirus, stay-at-home orders work. Two new studies published in the journal Nature say millions of lives have been saved worldwide.

Listen to 3 minute podcast and read full story at Source: >Coronavirus Lockdowns Saved Millions Of Lives, Journal ‘Nature’ Reports : NPR

“Samir Bhatt from Imperial College London, who worked on one of the papers published in Nature. His team analyzed infection and death rates across 11 European nations through early May. They estimate that 3 million more people in those countries would’ve died if lockdowns had not been put in place.

“Nature also just published a separate study from the Global Policy Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. That study analyzed lockdowns in China, South Korea, Iran, France, Italy and the United States. It found that the lockdowns in those six countries averted 62 million cases. In the U.S., for example, there were 360,000 cases by early April. Without lockdowns and other interventions, the researchers at Berkeley calculate that the U.S. would’ve had 14 times that number by April 6. Solomon Hsiang from Berkeley says these unprecedented shelter-in-place orders came at an extreme cost. And when governments ordered them, it was unclear exactly how great the social benefits would be.

Bhatt says this pandemic is far from over. And as much as people want to get back to normal, he cautions that people need to understand how much of a positive impact the lockdown measures have been having. 

Coping with coronavirus – Harvard Health

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Dealing with daily stress, anxiety, and a range of other emotions

4 Videos and 4 podcasts and Full story of excerpts below at Source: >Coping with coronavirus – Harvard Health

“Perhaps you’re older, worried that you may become infected and seriously ill. Maybe you’re doing your best to keep your family healthy while trying to balance work with caring for your children while schools are closed. Or you’re feeling isolated, separated from friends and loved ones during this period of social distancing.

“Regardless of your specific circumstances, it’s likely that you’re wondering how to cope with the stress, anxiety, and other feelings that are surfacing. A variety of stress management techniques, which we delve into (resource link above), can help.

What It Takes To Be A Contact Tracer : NPR Do you have empathy? Welcome to the new economy

Riding the Tidal Wave of the Coming Public Health Economy

5 min podcast >A Day In The Life Of A Coronavirus Contact Tracer

Are the US and state governments being dragged kicking and screaming into an unprecedented massive investment for contact tracing? As governments extol the quick recovery from the virus pandemic, experts keep talking of repeating infection waves since our fragmented bureaucracy cannot get a handle what the virus is really doing in this country until massive resources are committed to tracking it down. Fighting over costs will be swept away into absolute submission and a new economy. Other countries and a few States are leading the way. Watch for new remote and compassionate footwork jobs to start appearing. Contract tracing needs empathy. Everyone is frightened when contacted. — DH

“NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with John Welch, the director of partnerships & operations for Massachusetts’ COVID-19 response at Partners In Health, about their contact tracing program and training.

“Public health experts say that one of the keys to safely lifting stay-at-home orders around the country is contact tracing. So we wanted to spend some time now learning more about what it takes to implement a statewide contact tracing program and how people are being trained for this…

“It is exactly as you described it, a ramp-up at this stage, a lot of quick hiring and, you know, in-depth training and making sure we have the right people who have the right skills but then most importantly people who have the patience and the empathy to listen. They’re reaching out to people who are in crisis and some people who are in acute crisis sort of superimposed on a chronic crisis of maybe poverty or marginalization.

“And those individuals need extra time and not only need it – they deserve it. So these contact tracers are balancing the need for understanding how to do the work while also just being a gentle ear…You know, first and foremost, we’re very sensitive to a variety of populations who might not be interested in anyone who’s sort of affiliated with state government reaching out to them.

“And we’re very sensitive to that and want all those individuals to know that this is a public health activity, that their information is very safe with us and that our interest is in helping them and keeping their families and friends safe.But then the folks who we do get in touch with are actually by and large relieved, you know.

We live in a world now, in this country where to receive health care, you’ve got to go and find it. And this activity is care coming to find you. So while contact tracing is an important epidemiological tool, it’s also an act of caring. And I think by and large people are really relieved to receive that phone call.

6 minute podcast and Continue reading much more of the interview at Source: >What It Takes To Be A Contact Tracer : NPR


4 minute podcast, some excerpt below and much more at >We Asked All 50 States About Their Contact Tracing Capacity. Here’s What We Learned :
“We are investigating the relentless math of containing the pandemic. The next phase of fighting the coronavirus leans heavily on contact tracing. And numbers will measure the result. How many people have tested positive? How many people have they recently contacted? And how quickly can those people be quarantined?

“To establish those numbers, the United States needs a very large workforce of people to do contact tracing. Are we hiring enough people? NPR’s Selena Simmons-Duffin has spent the last week putting that question to officials in every single state, along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. And she’s on the line. Selena, good morning.


INSKEEP: What’d you find?

SIMMONS-DUFFIN: So we were able to get data from 41 states. And the total they currently have added up to 7,300. Most states said they were planning a hiring surge. And after that, we will have 35,600. This is a snapshot from the past week. And a lot is in flux. But that’s our best estimate for what’s planned, more than 35,000 contact tracers nationally.

INSKEEP: Which sounds like a lot. But is that enough?

SIMMONS-DUFFIN: The short answer is not even close. Yesterday on the show, you had some influential former officials saying the country needs 180,000 total. Other estimates have put the number needed at 100,000. Here’s what Tom Frieden, former CDC director, told me about the totals we found.

TOM FRIEDEN: It’s a start. I think an increasing number of health departments around the country recognize the need to substantially scale up activities.

Interactive Graph of US states COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Trend Data | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

“In late 2019, a new strain of coronavirus emerged in China. With the number of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by this coronavirus, growing rapidly in the United States and around the world, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

Controlling the spread of the virus requires aggressive action from states and the federal government to ensure access to testing for those who need it and treatment for those who contract the disease.To date, states have taken a number of actions to mitigate the spread of the virus and reduce barriers to testing and treatment for those affected.

“This data tool (below) provides state-level information on:Cases and deaths (trend data), Adopted social distancing measures, Health policy actions to reduce barriers to COVID-19 testing and treatment, Additional state-level data related to COVID-19, including testing and provider capacity.

“These data will be updated regularly, and new information will be added in response to the evolving situation.

Allow a little time for graphics to update data. Scroll down to the COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Trend Data Plot. Deselect the (All) selection and select states you want to compare for cases or deaths. Hover over each curve to display the curve state name and see it’s plot data. Look for curve segments that curve flat or down for a gross estimate of a state’s progress in controlling the infections.

See the web page, full links and graphs at Source: >State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Wednesday, April 29th LIVE Virtual Event Via ZOOM: Family Communication Dynamics During Times of Stress | Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

“Wednesday, April 29th 2-3PM MST LIVE Virtual Event Via ZOOM

“Family Communication Dynamics During Times of Stress

“Communication is key for survival in any situation and will be critically important in the family unit in after quarantine as we adjust to a world of uncertainty.  How can families who have been living under extreme stress and uncertainty work together as a team to move forward and thrive?  Let’s discuss how we can we discuss important, but potentially “loaded” topics like money, safety, and appropriately express our needs within the family unit.

“Joyce Marter, LCPC, is a renowned psychotherapist, entrepreneur, national speaker, blogger and media contributor. Since 1998, Marter has been providing therapy for individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of issues related to mental health, addiction, relationships and personal/ professional development. She is an expert in self-esteem, mindfulness, conflict resolution, career and relationship issues and the psychology of money.

Register at Source: >Mental Wellness of Families of Essential Employees | Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

Call For Public Health Investment In Next Congressional COVID-19 Aid Package. The curve needs to be going down, not flat… : NPR

(If we put on flat hats, can we go out then?)

11 Minute Podcast and full story at >Call For Public Health Investment

“NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Scott Gottlieb, ex-head of the FDA, and Andy Slavitt, who led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, about the letter they wrote to Congress with a plan to reopen the U.S.

What will it take for Americans to get back to work? Two veteran voices in American health care are offering answers…

“…we’re going to have to have an aggressive system in place to try to identify positive cases through testing. And when we do find people who are infected with coronavirus, we have to have a system in place to allow them to self-isolate so that they don’t continue to spread infection. That’s going to require us to hire many more public health workers to do the contact tracing, basically the blocking and tackling of public health work, where you identify people, and then you go out and talk to them and then interview people who may have been in contact with them and offer them testing.

“What we’re going to be doing as we enter into the fall, in particular, as coronavirus starts to collide with flu season and we face the risk of large outbreaks and maybe another epidemic heading into the winter, what we’re going to be trying to do is get ahead of this and put in place enough layers of protection that you mitigate spread. We’re never going to be able to reduce all spread…

“We’re at a point right now where we’re seeing cases across the country plateau, but we still have 30,000 cases a day that we’re recording. There’s many more that we’re not capturing. We’re still having 2,000 deaths a day. So we’ve plateaued, but we haven’t really seen the sustained declines that we think we need in order to really safely start to restart economic activity. In fact, really, when you look at it, only about five states have shown sustained reductions in new cases that meet the criteria set out by the administration in terms of when you would contemplate restarting activity. So the best thing we can do to get consumers back and get the economy vibrant again is give people confidence that we’ve controlled this epidemic, the virus isn’t circulating widely and people’s risk of contracting it if they go out is low again.”


Read Aloud Movement Revival – A Whole Brain process for locked up families and volunteers to read to all generations

Can there be anything that is comprehensive enough to address a whole range of lockup syndromes of our current lives? Meet the “Read Aloud Movement” started by one man in 1979 with his first edition of the book >Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook: Eighth Edition Revised Edition

I have not had a chance to explore the resources to look for read aloud opportunities but I would welcome anyone to join with me to create a zoom-like group for reading to kids – like group readings. Rehearsals would be great fun!

Read how a passion for helping others in need turned into a worldwide movement: (Read Aloud Resources see below)

From the source >Jim Trelease’s Bio Page :

“While working for a Massachusetts daily newspaper (the Springfield Daily News, now the Springfield Republican) as an artist and writer, he began weekly volunteer visits to community classrooms, talking with children about journalism and art as careers. At the same time, he and his wife Susan were raising their two children (Elizabeth and Jamie). A daily ritual for Jim was reading aloud to his children, largely at that point because his father had read to him…Soon, however, the nightly ritual would coincide with one of his classroom observations.

“Most of the students he visited (about 40 schools a year) didn’t read very much for pleasure, but the ones who did nearly always came from classrooms where the teachers read aloud daily and incorporated sustained silent reading into the daily routine. ..Thinking there might be a connection between being read to and how much the child wanted to read, Jim investigated to see if any research was available on the subject. Sure enough, there was lots of it— but nearly always published in education journals or written in academic language that would be foreign to the average parent or teacher.

“The dearth of accessible material inspired him to write and self-publish the first edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook in 1979. “I self-published because I never thought any of the major publishers would be interested in it. At that point, ‘reading aloud’ was too simple and not painful enough to do the child any good. At least, that’s what many educators thought,” he says in hindsight. But that mindset would soon change.

“Discovered accidentally by a then-fledgling literary agent named Raphael Sagalyn, the book came to the attention of Penguin USA after six other publishers turned it down. In 1982, they published an expanded edition. Touted by “Dear Abby” in February of 1983, it spent 17 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

“By 1985, the U.S. Department of Education’s Commission on Reading was calling “reading aloud to children” the single most important activity one could do to raise a reader.

“The first Penguin edition of the Handbook was followed by six more U.S. editions, along with British, Australian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Indonesian versions. It was the inspiration for PBS’s “Storytime” series, and is now the all-time bestselling guide to children’s literature for parents and teachers — nearly 2 million copies sold to date world-wide.

img=cover of The Read-Aloud HandbookThe Handbook is now used as a text for future teachers at more than 60 colleges and universities. ..Featured on “The Larry King Show,” profiled in Smithsonian (Feb. ’95), Reader’s Digest (July ’95), and U.S. News & World Report (Mar. 17, 1986), Trelease was one of the U.S.’s most sought-after education speakers, addressing parents, teachers, and librarians on the subjects of children, literature, and television. He presented in all 50 states and was a frequent keynoter for national education conferences. His final year of public lectures and seminars was 2008 but he continues to maintain his Web site with reviews of new children’s books.

“Between 1979 and 2008, Trelease’s work was a pivotal force for numerous read-aloud movements in both the U.S. and abroad. Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Hawaii launched state-wide campaigns based on Jim’s book and seminars, as did one European country. (read the full web page at the source link above)
Below is a list of links on the read aloud movement from Jim Trelease’s website on the book and on the internet. I highly recommend personal exploration of these resources for reading aloud activities for all of your family, any age, and for volunteers to find read aloud opportunities online.

>Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook FAQs and read much of the book online.

>Jim Trelease The Read Aloud Handbook (Wikipedia)

>The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

>Read-Aloud Books: The Best Websites for Kids

 >Read Aloud Resources


>BookSpring Recommends Online Learning Resources

>Facebook Stuck Inside: Author’s Virtual Book Club

>Facebook read aloud to children group events

>Facebook read aloud volunteer children

>Book Club Organizations (Wikipedia)

>Bookspring recommendations for locked in families

A toolkit for spotting fake news – Simon Black – Medium

Fake News can kill. Ignore this information at your peril.

In this post I am including all the useful resources I can find on combating fake news on the internet including plugins and browser extensions and recent developments. The last toolkit source below even though it was in 2019 seemed to describe all the best tools. Above the source below is a list of links and info of recent developments on fake news:

>Fake News About Coronavirus Is Spreading. We Need A Vaccine Against Misinformation: Goats and Soda : NPR

>Did You Fall For A Coronavirus Hoax? Facebook Will Let You Know

>Combating Fake News

“Since people consume online news via a browser, browser extensions (and app-based services) have become more popular.  These include:

“– Our.News.  This service uses a combination of objective facts (about an article) with subjective views that incorporate user ratings to create labels (like nutrition labels on food) next to new articles that a reader can use to make a judgement.  Our.News labels use publisher descriptions from Freedom Forum, bias ratings from AllSides, information about an article’s sources author and editor.  It also uses fact-checking information from sources including PolitiFact, Snopes and FactCheck.org, and labels such as “clickbait” or “satire” along with and user ratings and reviews.  The Our.News browser extension is available for Firefox and Chrome, and there is an iOS app. For more information go to https://our.news/.

“– NewsGuard. This service, for personal use or for NewsGuard’s library and school system partners, offers a reliability rating score of 0-100 for each site based on its performance on nine key criteria, ratings icons (green-red ratings) next to links on all of the top search engines, social media platforms, and news aggregation websites.  Also, NewsGuard gives summaries showing who owns each site, its political leaning (if any), as well as warnings about hoaxes, political propaganda, conspiracy theories, advertising influences and more.  For more information, go to https://www.newsguardtech.com/.

>Use this Chrome extension TrustedNews to know if you’re reading fake or biased news

>NewsGuard drops its paywall to combat coronavirus misinformation

>Fake News: Discerning Fake News

>List of fake news websites

>Fake news (Wikipedia)

Read full details of quote below at Source: >A toolkit for spotting fake news – Simon Black – Medium

“The idea of fake news is not new. People have been manipulating facts, creating false narratives, and outright lying for as long as they have been communicating.That being said one thing to come out of the American presidential election in 2016 was the idea of fake news being pressed firmly into the mainstream consciousness.

“While it has been used as a tool by precisely those who seek to lie to the public it is nevertheless a timely reminder that new communication technologies have created a surge in fake news for two reasons; They allow new ways for manipulated stories to be produced, distributed, and consumed.

“At the same time the shift away from a subscription model of journalism to one driven by page views and streams has taken us back to the days of the “yellow press”. Digital news producers are standing on the figurative street corners of Google, Facebook, and other such sites and trying to grab as much traffic as possible from the stream of people flowing by.

“While this technological disruption has changed things and allowed fake news to spread it has also provided powerful tools for spotting, and sorting news. I’ve started this page as a place to gather the different types of sites that are available online. These are divided into the following categories;Fact checking sites, Lobbyist and donation tracking sites, Plugins, browser extensions, and apps.

(Continue reading full details at source above.)


How Antibody Tests Can Inform Public Policies To Mitigate Coronavirus Pandemic : NPR

(Video) “COVID-19 Update 54 with critical care specialist Roger Seheult, MD of https://www.MedCram.com Production of COVID-19 antibody test kits are ramping up – there are over 70 companies producing them. Antibody tests could be one of the keys to eventually easing social distancing restrictions and allowing schools and businesses to re-open. Unfortunately, only one antibody test is FDA approved at this time, and the approval of each company will take some time. Dr. Seheult illustrates how antibody tests and PCR-RT tests for COVID-19 work on the cellular level, and he discusses potential coronavirus vaccine challenges.”

“Stanford is testing for coronavirus antibodies so they can determine who has been exposed and who could potentially go back to school or work. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO,

“HOST:The only way we’ll truly get a hold of this pandemic and come out the other side is through science – ultimately with a vaccine, but in the meantime through testing. There are tests that determine if someone who is sick has COVID-19 by taking nasal swabs, but also important is something called antibody or serological tests. And one of the places that’s doing that is Stanford University. Joining us now is Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine at Stanford University, who is part of this study:

Listen to 5 minute podcast and read full interview at Source: >How Antibody Tests Can Inform Public Policies To Mitigate Coronavirus Pandemic : NPR

What Literature Can Teach Us About Epidemics : NPR

Now I have an overwhelming excuse to get into literature and away from obsession with the online. If you are looking for a “big picture” and insights on where we might be going here it may be. I have always believed in history repeating itself with scary accuracy and humanity  repeating the same mistakes over and over because of being hard headed about the past. This is also about great heroism in the face of world devastation.
— DH

“Professor Alice Kaplan has been scrambling to revise her lectures for the French literature class she teaches at Yale University.On the syllabus, coincidentally, for her online class is The Plague, Albert Camus’ 1947 novel about a plague epidemic that ravages a quarantined city in Algeria.
(I checked Wikipedia on this novel and found it to be historically based on epidemics in Algeria from the middle ages to the present –DH)

“I never imagined I would be teaching this novel in the midst of an epidemic,” Kaplan says. “I never imagined I’d need to give a trigger warning for teaching Camus’ The Plague.

“Kaplan has students taking her class virtually from Hong Kong and from Wuhan, China, the city that was the early center of the global COVID-19 pandemic. “They’re really feeling this in a way that no other readers have ever felt this novel before,” Kaplan says.

“She is one of many readers who are revisiting and rethinking literature about mass disease in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Sales of The Plague have skyrocketed in Europe as people search for meaning in the midst of the outbreak.

“Coincidentally, Kaplan is writing the preface for a new translation of the novel. She spent December walking the streets of Oran, the Algerian city beset by plague in the book, and she’s just returned from France, where, she says, you can’t pick up a newspaper without seeing a reference to the novel.

“People are saying in the French press, what do you absolutely need to read in this time? You need to read The Plague,” Kaplan says. “Almost as though this novel were a vaccine — not just a novel that can help us think about what we’re experiencing, but something that can help heal us.”

Listen to the 4 minute podcast and read the full story at Source: >What Literature Can Teach Us About Epidemics : NPR

>The Plague a novel by Albert Camus (Wikipedia)


Lessons From the 1918 Flu : NPR

“Just over a century ago, a new infectious disease overtook the globe. Its history has long been buried, subsumed beneath the story of World War I. Historian Nancy Bristow believes it’s no mistake that Americans have focused on their victory in the war rather than on the devastation of the 1918 flu pandemic.

To remember the flu (pandemic) would be to admit to the lack of control that people had had over their own health. It would be to admit that the United States was not necessarily all powerful, but was like everywhere else in the world: subject as victims to something beyond their control,” she says.

“When we exhume this history, instructive lessons for our own time emerge. As is happening now, Americans had trouble hewing to the new constraints on their social behavior.

“It was hard for people because on the one hand it’s inconvenient. And on the other, they were asking for new habits—things that they had always been allowed to do before, and suddenly you’re not allowed, for instance, to spit on the street or to share a drinking cup. That you had to cover your cough and sneeze in your elbow. These were new things people were being asked to do in 1918,” Nancy says.

“This week on Hidden Brain, Nancy guides us through the history of the epidemic, from the policies American cities imposed on their citizens, to the blues musicians who crooned, “Influenza is the kind of disease/Makes you weak down to your knees.” Bridging 1918 and 2020, we uncover the human dimensions of a pandemic.

50 Minute Podcast and Continue reading at Source: >Lessons From the 1918 Flu : NPR

Coronavirus Pandemic: Video Updates, Spread, Symptoms, & Treatment (COVID-19) – YouTube Daily Playlist

All of the past daily videos from the Dr. Seheult’s Youtube playlist can be accessed by clicking “Youtube” in the above video, then click under the video on the right to view any past update.

In the last 3 videos I was watching a presentation by Dr. Seheult who covered studies in the last year showing that the body uses temperature to activate virus fighting biochemistry and cell interactions in the immune system to take out virus infected cells in the body. They even showed that Tylenol reduced the fever.
Also in a previous presentation he covered how that most of the fight against viruses occurs during sleep. When we are awake there are many circulating biochemicals associated with active metabolism that interfere with bio-active antiviral mechanisms in the body. — David Hale

“Coronavirus Pandemic: Updates, Spread, Symptoms, & Treatment (COVID-19)2 78,662 views, 45 Youtube Playlist Daily Videos

“Updated today Coronavirus pandemic updates with pulmonologist & critical care specialist Roger Seheult, MD. Illustrations and concise lectures on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan, China near the end of 2019

“MedCram – Medical Lectures Explained CLEARLY


Roger Seheult, MD

MedCram Co-Founder & Instructor

Dr. Seheult is currently an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine and Allied Health at Loma Linda University.  In addition to being a preceptor for PA and medical students, Dr. Seheult was the Medical Director for the Physician Assistant Sciences Program at Loma Linda University, the Medical Director for a sleep lab, and the Medical Director for the Crafton Hills College Respiratory Care Program.

His teaching experience goes back to his college days at the University of California, Riverside where he was a tutor in physics and chemistry, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with majors in Chemistry and Biology.  He later honed his skills teaching the MCAT, DAT, and USMLE for Kaplan test prep.  After graduating from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2000, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine, a chief residency at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center, and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Loma Linda University.

Roger’s current practice is in Banning California where he is a pulmonologist and sleep physician at Beaver Medical Group.  He was formerly the Director for Intensive Care Services at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital.  He lectures routinely across the country at conferences and for medical, PA, and RT societies.

Roger is certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine.

His passion is “demystifying” medical concepts to students.

Past Video Topics:

Coronavirus Pandemic: Updates, Spread, Symptoms, & Treatment (COVID-19)
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Coronavirus Outbreak – Transmission & Updates Explained (Recorded January 26, 2020)
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Coronavirus Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, & Vaccine Status (Recorded January 27, 2020)
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Coronavirus Update 3: Spread, Quarantine, Projections, & Vaccine (Recorded January 28, 2020)
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How Coronavirus Kills: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) & COVID-19 Treatment
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 5: Mortality Rate vs SARS / Influenza (Recorded January 29, 2020)
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Coronavirus Outbreak Update 6: Asymptomatic Transmission & Incubation Period (Recorded Jan 30, 2020)
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 7: Global Health Emergency Declared, Viral Shedding (Rec. Jan 31, 2020)
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Coronavirus Outbreak Update 8: Travel Ban, Spread Outside of China, Quarantine, & MRSA (2/2/2020)
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 9: Fecal-Oral Transmission, Recovery vs Death Rate (nCoV)
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 10: New Studies, Transmission, Spread from Wuhan, Prevention (2019-nCoV)
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 11: Antiviral Drugs, Treatment Trials for nCoV (Remdesivir, Chloroquine)
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 12: Unsupported Theories, Pneumonia, ACE2 & nCoV
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 13: Li Wenliang, nCoV vs Influenza, Dip in Daily Cases, Spread to Canada
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 14: Hospital spread of infection, WHO allowed in China, N-95 masks
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 15: Underreporting, Prevention, 24 Day Incubation? (COVID19)
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 16: Strengthening Your Immune Response to Viral Infections (COVID-19)
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 17: Spike in Confirmed Cases, Fighting Infections with Sleep (COVID-19)
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 18: Cellphone Tracking, Increase in Hospitalizations, More Sleep Tips
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 19: Treatment and Medication Clinical Trials
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 20: Misinformation Spread, Infection Severity, Cruise Ship, Origins
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 21: Antibodies, Case Fatality, Clinical Recommendations, 2nd Infections?
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 22: Spread Without Symptoms, Cruise Quarantine, Asymptomatic Testing
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 23: Infections in Kids & Pregnancy, South Korea, Spillover From Bats
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 24: Infections in Italy, Transmissibility, COVID-19 Symptoms
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 25: Vaccine Developments, Italy’s Response, and Mortality Rate Trends
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How Viruses Work – Molecular Biology Simplified (DNA, RNA, Protein Synthesis)
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 26: Treatment Updates, Stock Markets, Germany & San Francisco, Pandemic?
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 27: Testing accuracy for COVID-19 (CT Scan vs. RT-PCR), California Cases
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 28: Practical Prevention Strategies, Patient Age vs. Case Fatality Rate
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 29: Testing problems, mutations, COVID-19 in Washington & Iran
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 30: More Global COVID-19 Outbreaks, Vitamin D May Aid Prevention
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 31: Mortality Rate, Cleaning Products, A More/Less Severe Virus Strain?
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 32: Important Data from South Korea, Can Zinc Help Prevent COVID-19?
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 33: COVID-19 Medication Treatment Trials, Global Testing Remains Limited
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Coronavirus Epidemic Update 34: US Cases Surge, Chloroquine & Zinc Treatment Combo, Italy Lockdown
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 35: New Outbreaks & Travel Restrictions, Possible COVID-19 Treatments
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 36: Flatten The COVID-19 Curve, Social Distancing, Hospital Capacities
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 37: The ACE-2 Receptor – The Doorway to COVID-19 (ACE Inhibitors & ARBs)
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 38: How Hospitals & Clinics Can Prepare for COVID-19, Global Cases Surge
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 39: Rapid COVID-19 Spread with Mild or No Symptoms, More on Treatment
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 40: Ibuprofen and COVID-19 (are NSAIDs safe?), Trials of HIV medications
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 41: Shelter In Place, FDA Investigates Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 42: Immunity to COVID-19 and is Reinfection Possible?
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 43: Shortages, Immunity, & Can a TB Vaccine (BCG) Help Prevent COVID-19?
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 44: Loss of Smell & Conjunctivitis in COVID-19, Is Fever Helpful?
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Coronavirus Pandemic Update 45: Sharing Ventilators, More on Sleep, Immunity, & COVID-19 Prevention
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Why Staying Home Saves Lives: Flattening The Pandemic’s Curve’ : Shots – Health News : NPR

“As the coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S., more and more businesses are sending employees off to work from home. Public schools are closing, universities are holding classes online, major events are getting canceled, and cultural institutions are shutting their doors.

“Even Disney World and Disneyland are set to close. The disruption of daily life for many Americans is real and significant — but so are the potential life-saving benefits.It’s all part of an effort to do what epidemiologists call flattening the curve of the pandemic.

“The idea is to increase social distancing in order to slow the spread of the virus, so that you don’t get a huge spike in the number of people getting sick all at once. If that were to happen, there wouldn’t be enough hospital beds or mechanical ventilators for everyone who needs them, and the U.S. hospital system would be overwhelmed. That’s already happening in Italy.

Keep reading at Source: >Why Staying Home Saves Lives: Flattening The Pandemic’s Curve’ : Shots – Health News : NPR

Google launches COVID-19 page and search portal with safety tips, official stats and more, US-only for now | TechCrunch

(Google) “the company launched a new information portal dedicated to the pandemic as well as an improved search experience for desktop and mobile. The search experience, Google says, was updated in response to “people’s information needs expanding,” while the new information portal also provides the basic, most useful information (for example around symptoms), plus a lot of links and on-site options to explore further.

>Google’s New Site: Coronavirus disease (COVID‑19)

“The new search experience now not only includes search results but also a number of additional links to “authoritative information” from health authorities and updated data and visualisations.“ This new format organizes the search results page to help people easily navigate information and resources, and it will also make it possible to add more information over time as it becomes available,”

“The search experience now also includes links to a Twitter carousel featuring accounts from civic organizations local to you, and also a new “most common questions” section related to the pandemic from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“the portal … features tips on staying healthy and advice for those who are concerned; links to further official resources; links to more localised resources; links to fundraising efforts; the latest statistics; and an overview of all of Google’s own work (for example, the specific efforts it’s making for educators).

“And the internet is the main place people will turn in the days and weeks ahead as they are asked to socially isolate themselves to slow down the spread of the pandemic, serving its role in providing information, but hopefully also some diversion and enrichment. Google’s site is bringing together as many of the positive and legitimate strands of information as it can.

“The main page focuses on the most important basics: an brief overview of the virus, a list of the most common symptoms, a list of most common things you can do to prevent getting infected or spreading the infection and a (very brief, for now) section on treatments. From this, it goes on to more detailed links to videos and other resources for specific interests such as advice for the elderly, a map-based data overview to monitor what is going on elsewhere; and then resources for further help for topics that are coming up a lot, such as advice for people working from home, or for how to set up self-isolation, online education advice, cooking resources and more.

Read more at Source: >Google launches COVID-19 page and search portal with safety tips, official stats and more, US-only for now | TechCrunch


Arizona Resources – Poison Center takes screening calls for Coronavirus Testing

>Arizona Poison Center Screening
The Arizona Poison Control System is available to answer questions about COVID-19 from Arizona providers (for testing, patient guidance) and the general public (for testing, isolation, quarantine): 1-844-542-8201
>Poison and Drug Information Center helps field public calls about COVID-19

>Updates in AZ in the last 24 hours

>Latest Arizona Public Health Coronavirus Notices, Updates and Map

“How can I protect myself from COVID-19? Basic, everyday habits go a long way to protecting yourself from viruses. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

“Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

“Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC has additional tips for individuals, families, and households.

“Am I at risk for COVID-19 infection in the United States? Currently, risk to the public in Maricopa County is low. This is a rapidly-evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily.

“Should I be tested for COVID-19? If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from affected areas, you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention your recent travel.  Public health will work with your healthcare provider to get you tested if recommended.”

More at Source: >What Can I Do | Maricopa County, AZ


>Instructions for Providers

Got Coronavirus Anxiety? These 5 Tips Can Help Calm Your Fears : Shots – Health News : NPR

Anxiety thrives on uncertainty. And, as the coronavirus spreads, our unanswered questions can make us feel vulnerable or fearful. “Will it come to my community” or “Am I at risk?'”

We’ve got national anxiety at the moment, a kind of shared stress, and we are all in a state of extreme uncertainty,” says Catherine Belling, an associate professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, who studies the role of fear and anxiety in health care.

And here’s a catch-22: The more you stress, the more vulnerable you can become to viruses, because stress can dampen your immune response. But there are steps you can take to push back against the communal anxiety.

See the 5 tips and 3 minute podcast at Source: >Got Coronavirus Anxiety? These 5 Tips Can Help Calm Your Fears : Shots – Health News : NPR

>Three Mindful Ways to Calm an Anxious Mind

>A 23-Minute Anxiety Practice

Special Report: What You Need To Know About Coronavirus : NPR

>Tracking Every Coronavirus Case in the U.S.: Full Map

Host Lulu Garcia-Navarro shares some of NPR’s best practical and explanatory reporting on coronavirus in a single special report. This special addresses three key questions: What’s known about the virus itself and how it behaves? How are institutions, such as schools, businesses and the health care industry, responding? And how can you protect yourself and your household? NPR journalists and experts provide some answers.

50 minute podcast report at Source: >Special Report: What You Need To Know About Coronavirus : NPR

>The New Coronavirus Can Live On Surfaces For 2-3 Days — Here’s How To Clean Them

>Coronavirus Symptoms: Defining Mild, Moderate And Severe

>Coronavirus FAQs: What’s ‘Flattening The Curve’? Should I Travel?

>You Have A Fever And A Dry Cough. Now What?

Fake News About Coronavirus Is Spreading. We Need A Vaccine Against Misinformation: Goats and Soda : NPR

Fake Facts Are Flying About Coronavirus. Now There’s A Plan To Debunk Them

>(4 min podcast) Misinformation Around The Coronavirus

>(4 min podcast) COVID-19 Myths Debunked
>Dr. Seema Yasmin
is here to debunk some of these bogus claims. She’s a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University and author of the forthcoming book “Debunked.”

>Mythbusters (WHO)

>Videos: Advice for the public

>What really works to keep coronavirus away? 4 questions answered by a public health professional

>Coronavirus: it’s time to debunk claims that vitamin C could cure it

“The coronavirus outbreak has sparked what the World Health Organization is calling an “infodemic” — an overwhelming amount of information on social media and websites. Some of it’s accurate. And some is downright untrue.The false statements range from a conspiracy theory that the virus is a man-made bioweapon to the claim that more than 100,000 have died from the disease (as of this week, there are more than 3800 reported fatalities world wide).

“WHO is fighting back. In early January, a few weeks after China reported the first cases, the U.N. agency launched a pilot program to make sure the facts about the newly identified virus are communicated to the public. The project is called EPI-WIN — short for WHO Information Network for Epidemics.”

We need a vaccine against misinformation,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program, at a WHO briefing on the virus in February.”

(3 minute podcast) Continue reading at Source: >Fake News About Coronavirus Is Spreading: ‘We Need A Vaccine Against Misinformation’ : Goats and Soda : NPR

How to boost your immune system – Harvard Health

Also see: >9 Natural Ways To Boost Your Immune System

“Helpful ways to strengthen your immune system and fight off disease

“On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: A germ invades successfully and makes you sick. Is it possible to intervene in this process and boost your immune system?

“What if you improve your diet? Take certain vitamins or herbal preparations? Make other lifestyle changes in the hope of producing a near-perfect immune response? What can you do to boost your immune system?

“There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function.

But that doesn’t mean the effects of lifestyle on the immune system aren’t intriguing and shouldn’t be studied. Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response, both in animals and in humans.

In the meantime, general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand.

Continue reading at Source: >How to boost your immune system – Harvard Health

How to help prevent coronavirus in US, what to buy and prepare

>Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak WHO website

“Here are the steps that experts say would be helpful now before COVID-19 spreads in the U.S.:

Figure out your work situation. It’s a good idea to have a plan with your workplace about what would happen if work was interrupted due to a public health mandate, … For example, do you have the equipment necessary to work from home if you couldn’t leave for the office?The CDC says that businesses should have a way to communicate outbreak response plans to employees. “Anticipate employee fear, anxiety, rumors, and misinformation and plan communications accordingly,” the CDC’s website says.

Know how to get in touch with doctors. It’s a good idea to know how to access your own healthcare system virtually, in case you’re too ill to visit a medical facility, Dr. Weisenberg says. Establish a line of communication with your healthcare providers, through a patient portal or video chat, in advance so you’re not waiting until the last minute, he says. You should also know how to access your state or territorial health department’s website, so you can stay well-informed of any news or advisories.

Continue washing your hands. “The best thing we can do is practice prevention in all forms and fashions,” It’s still important to follow standard respiratory hygiene practices, such as washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, the CDC suggests. Refrain from touching your face with unclean hands, because the eyes, mouth and nose are all portals for the virus, she says.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue that you can throw away. If you’re sick, you should stay home and keep “high-touch surfaces” in your house clean with household cleaning spray or wipes, according to the CDC.

And if you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s still a good idea to get one, because influenza cases can spread through March, Lee adds.

Shop for the essentials. While many people have taken to buying and wearing masks to prevent coronavirus, wearing surgical masks will likely not protect you from contracting COVID-19, Lee says. However, you might want to go buy shelf-stable food to have in your home that could last you a few days, Lee says. “I think it is helpful to have a small amount of food available for anything in general, just as part of emergency preparedness,” she says.

See more at Source: How to help prevent coronavirus in US, what to buy and prepare