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The impact of the new coronavirus could lead to the longest flu season in decades
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created a third spike in influenza-like illness (ILI) activity across the United States, as researchers working with AccuWeather predicted, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The COVID-19 outbreak unfolding in the United States may affect healthcare-seeking behavior, which, in turn, would impact [CDC flu] data,” the CDC noted in its weekly update.
COVID-19 has now spread to more than 160 countries or regions with more than 240,000 confirmed cases and at least 10,000 deaths. In the U.S., there have been more than 14,500 confirmed cases – up from 3,770 just last week – and at least 175 deaths.
Visits to health care providers for ILI increased for the second straight week to 5.8 percent after it was 5.2 percent last week, according to the CDC. For comparison, the highest peak during all of last year’s difficul
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5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Boost Immune System While Social Distancing
As COVID-19 continues to spread and we make lifestyle adjustments in response, the challenge is to maintain your mental and physical health in light of mounting stress. These strategies will help.
As social distancing becomes our new “norm” over at least the next several weeks, the pressures may be overwhelming. There are challenges finding childcare and keeping necessities stocked, never mind keeping yourself safe at work and out in the world. And how much disinfectant is enough, anyway? We all need to think about practical coping strategies while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are five to employ today:
Use facts and precautions to manage your fear. The unknown can be scary and can overwhelm us. Fear can inflate negative thoughts, which leads to unhealthy stress. Ongoing stress releases hormones that get us ready for emergencies, but also severely depress our immune systems
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Nurx Launches First COVID-19 Home Testing & Online Consultation Service
Nurx, the leading health tech company providing convenient and affordable care for sensitive health needs, introduced a COVID-19 home testing and online consultation service to address the pandemic. The company is successfully taking on one of the greatest challenges in the COVID-19 public health emergency by seamlessly and safely connecting people with testing, education, and care to slow the spread of the virus and manage the burden on the U.S. healthcare system.
Nurx will introduce the COVID-19 service on a limited basis at launch and will be able to provide over 10,000 home test kits over the following weeks. The company plans to provide over 100,000 home test kits in the near future. Nurx is uniquely positioned to address this public health emergency having provided remote care to nearly half a million patients across the country and leveraging deep expertise in home testing and t
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Destress in Your Own Back Yard
While adults are home teleworking, and kids are at home participating in online educational instruction (we hope), it’s even more important during these challenging times to take a moment to get out into the family yard. The TurfMutt Foundation reminds families that nature starts right outside your back door. Let the proven benefits green space give us a break from being cooped up inside. Listen to the birds. Watch the trees. Curl your toes in the grass. Work outside planting and preparing for the budding spring, or even mow the lawn.
“Numerous studies have found that people who spend more time outside with their families and pets exposed to living landscapes are happier, healthier and smarter. It’s great to know being outside is good for you,” says Kris Kiser, President and CEO, of the TurfMutt Foundation.
Researchers have studied the impact of nature on human well-being for years, bu