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The CDC updated its mask guidelines. What to know about ‘the highest level of protection’
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The CDC updated its mask guidelines. What to know about ‘the highest level of protection’

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its mask guidelines to recommend that people “wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.” The agency describes well-fitting respirators approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) — such as N95 masks —…MORE

CDC urges Americans to wear most-protective mask or respirator that fits well and that they’ll wear consistently
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CDC urges Americans to wear most-protective mask or respirator that fits well and that they’ll wear consistently

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask information for the American public on Friday, including clarifying that certain types of masks and respirators offer more protection from the coronavirus than others and offering tips on what consumers should look for when shopping for them. “Masking is a critical public health tool…MORE

Astronauts experience ‘space anemia’ when they leave Earth
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Astronauts experience ‘space anemia’ when they leave Earth

Space travel is known to be notoriously rough on the human body, but new research has revealed just how hard it hits red blood cells. When we’re on Earth, our bodies create and destroy 2 million of these cells per second. In space, astronauts experienced 3 million red blood cells destroyed per second, resulting in…MORE

Many hospitals are halting nonurgent procedures and relying on the National Guard as Covid-19 hospitalizations rise
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Many hospitals are halting nonurgent procedures and relying on the National Guard as Covid-19 hospitalizations rise

As Covid-19 hospitalizations reach new highs, more states and health care systems are cutting back services that aren’t urgent and relying on National Guard personnel to fill staffing gaps as infected health care employees miss work to recover and patient demand grows. While officials have started to call out very early signs that the Omicron…MORE

Early signs suggest the Omicron wave is peaking in some parts of the US, but relief is far from near
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Early signs suggest the Omicron wave is peaking in some parts of the US, but relief is far from near

The Omicron surge has driven Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations to record highs in the United States. This week, however, officials have started to call out very early signs that the wave is peaking — or at least plateauing — in parts of the Northeast. But case rates are still higher in this region than any…MORE

What should you do if someone in your family contracts Covid-19? An expert weighs in
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What should you do if someone in your family contracts Covid-19? An expert weighs in

These days, it’s much easier to contract the coronavirus as the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads worldwide. As people face this current reality, it’s important to note that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently changed its guidelines around isolation and quarantine. Many have questions about what to do if they or…MORE

19 states have fewer than 15% of ICU beds left as health care staffing shortages complicate care
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19 states have fewer than 15% of ICU beds left as health care staffing shortages complicate care

As a record number of Americans are infected with Covid-19, largely due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, some states’ health care systems are beset with nearly full intensive care units. Nineteen states have less than 15% remaining capacity in their ICUs. Four of them have less than 10%: Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana and New Hampshire,…MORE

Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral pill was hailed as a game-changer, but supplies are scarce
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Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral pill was hailed as a game-changer, but supplies are scarce

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is causing Covid-19 cases to spike, with an average of more than 747,000 new cases a day, according to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University. That’s almost three times the average daily cases from a year ago, when the country was going through its previous peak, and it’s…MORE

Blood donations are critically needed as Red Cross faces worst shortage in a decade

Blood donations are critically needed as Red Cross faces worst shortage in a decade

If you’ve ever considered donating blood, now is the time to take action. Blood donations are absolutely critical right now as the United States faces the worst blood shortage in over a decade, according to the American Red Cross website. Know your blood type? Type O-positive, Type O-negative and platelets are in the most need…MORE

Cancer mortality rates continue to decline amid ‘major progress’ in lung cancer early detection and treatment
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Cancer mortality rates continue to decline amid ‘major progress’ in lung cancer early detection and treatment

Cancer mortality rates have been dropping for nearly two decades, aided by “major progress” in the early detection and treatment options for lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics, published Wednesday. The overall cancer death rate dropped by about a third (32%) from its peak in 1991 to 2019,…MORE

Question of the Day

Jan 19

Q: Nearly 60-percent of pet owners have considered getting one of these for their pet… A:  A pet (companion)

Jan 18

Q: 48-million American households still have one of these and use it… A: TV antenna

Jan 14

Q:  About ¼ of vegetable acreage harvested in Pennsylvania was sweet corn, what was the second-most harvested by acreage? A:  Green beans