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CDC Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Situation Summary
This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available.
Updated March 26, 2020
CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults.
Situation in U.S.
Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic. The duration and severity of each pandemic phase can vary depending on the chara
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What Men and Women Lie to Their Doctor About
The TermLife2Go team surveyed 500 people to find out if they’ve ever lied to their doctors, and 23% said they have. Here are some of the white lies, stretched truths, and complete fictions they admit to telling:
46% lied about smoking habits.
43% lied about exercise (or lack thereof).
38% lied about drinking habits.
29% lied about their sexual partners.
These results don’t add up to 100% because some respondents admitted to lying about more than one thing.
Around 14% of Americans smoke, according to the CDC. We found it interesting that nearly that same percentage (a total of 10% of the 500 we surveyed) admitted to lying to their doctors about smoking.
Additionally, more men lied to doctors about alcohol consumption than women (50% men vs. 32% women). Interestingly, men are nearly twice as likely as women to binge drink (23% vs. 13%, respectively), according to the CDC. On the flip
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Research Links Neighborhood Characteristics with Women’s Use of Preventive Care
A study conducted by Columbia University School of Nursing shows where a woman lives influences her use of preventive health care more than her income or race/ethnicity or whether she is depressed. The study, “Psychological and neighborhood factors associated with urban women’s preventive care use,” was published in the December issue of Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
Specific neighborhood characteristics—such as affluence, residential stability, and perceptions of neighborhood support and stress—showed a significant association with women’s use of sex-specific preventive care (such as Pap smears, breast exams, and mammograms) and general preventive care (such as checkups, and blood pressure, and cholesterol checks), but neighborhoods themselves showed the strongest association, says Columbia Nursing lead investigator Cindy Veldhuis, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow.
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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