‘Are You Going to Keep Me Safe?’ Hospital Workers Sound Alarm on Rising Violence

The San Leandro Hospital emergency department, where nurse Mawata Kamara works, went into lockdown recently when a visitor, agitated about being barred from seeing a patient due to covid-19 restrictions, threatened to bring a gun to the California facility. It wasn’t the first time the department faced a gun threat during the pandemic. Earlier in the year, a psychiatric patient […]

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Study suggests wearing a face mask during intense exercise is safe for healthy people

Wearing a protective face mask has only a modest effect on the ability of healthy people to do vigorous exercise, according to a study published today in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers carried out detailed testing on breathing, heart activity and exercise performance in a group of 12 people while they were using an exercise bike with and without a […]

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How to stay safe with a new fast-spreading coronavirus variant on the loose

A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 10 states, and people are wondering: How do I protect myself now? We saw what the new variant, known as B.1.1.7, can do as it spread quickly through southeastern England in December, causing case numbers to spike and triggering stricter lockdown measures. The new variant […]

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How safe are the new COVID-19 vaccines?

(HealthDay)—Two COVID-19 vaccines are on the verge of approval in the United States, with pharmaceutical companies promising that millions of doses will be available to the first wave of recipients within a matter of weeks. Creating two vaccines in less than a year is an astonishing achievement, experts say, but the next task could prove even more difficult—convincing Americans that […]

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Create a social bubble, stay safe over the holidays

The holiday season is traditionally a time for family and friends to gather together and celebrate. But the COVID-19 pandemic will make the holidays a much different experience for many Americans. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist, says participating in virtual events and limiting your gatherings to only those who live in your household will be […]

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Safe resumption of research is important, feasible

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, just as public institutions and businesses closed, research programs performing human participant research (HPR) also largely ceased operations. Now, universities and healthcare organizations conducting HPR are considering reopening. While guidelines from federal and state government and medical specialty societies currently exist to help restarting health services and resuming clinical trials, no clear guidance […]

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Is it safe to use public transport?

Children are returning to school and Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants people to return to workplaces, making public transport services busier. But what are the risks of catching Covid-19 on trains, buses and planes? How safe are trains and buses? A lot of the potential risk of infection on trains and buses depends on how crowded they are and how […]

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HEALTH NOTES: Covid-proof clip makes cancer check-ups safe

HEALTH NOTES: Covid-proof clip makes cancer check-ups safe Surgeons are using a specialised clip to trap coughs and sneezes – to make vital check-ups on patients with suspected cancer in the nose and throat ‘Covid-proof’. Every year, thousands of patients undergo a procedure that involves having a thin tube containing a microscopic camera inserted into the nose and down into […]

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Get a proper chair, don’t eat at your desk, and no phones in the loo: How to keep your home workspace safe and hygienic

The onset of COVID-19 saw a dramatic shift, with many in the workforce suddenly finding themselves working from home. As hashtags sprung up on social media documenting makeshift work-from-home setups, it rapidly became evident that for many workers, their new improvised workspace fell well short of ideal. Far from having a separate home office, it emerged many employees didn’t even […]

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Is it safe to form a COVID-19 ‘support bubble’ with friends?

Is it safe to form a COVID-19 “support bubble” with friends? Yes, if done correctly. Support bubbles, also known as quarantine pods, may help fend off loneliness and anxiety after months of social distancing. The idea, which originated in New Zealand, calls for two people or households to agree to socialize in person only with each other to limit the […]

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