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Infectious Disease

How to communicate clearly while masking up

Amid COVID-19, phrases like “I can’t hear you!” and “I’m sorry, what did you say?” have become common ones. For both people with normal hearing and hearing loss, face masks and physical distancing can cause communication difficulties. Since communication is important for social interaction and our mental health, let’s talk about some tips and strategies …

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Gym safety: How to exercise safely during COVID-19

Exercise for each and every one of us is important — and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic is equally, if not more, important. No matter what type of exercise is right for you, it’s a way to not only keep your body moving, but also give your mind a break for the sake of your mental health.  The caveat? …

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Understanding the different COVID-19 vaccines

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. Now that there are several different COVID-19 vaccines in distribution across the country, it’s time to address common questions about each to help you make sense of the similarities and differences. …

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How your body builds immunity against COVID-19

After receiving the vaccine for COVID-19, folks are asking, what happens with our immune systems? What is actually going on inside of the body? And how long does it take to build immunity? Here is a breakdown of information on how vaccines work. Step one: Build a defense  Our immune systems have defense mechanisms that are …

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What to know about the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. Distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine is underway, providing another highly effective source of vaccination for everyone. As we work to reach herd immunity, having more vaccine options available …

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National study to analyze the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine on healthcare personnel, first responders, and essential and frontline workers

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while many have shifted to spending most of their time at home, essential and frontline workers of all types have spent day after day protecting and providing for our communities. Where would we be without the retail workers who devote countless hours to restocking shelves with toilet paper and cleaning products? …

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Why masking up is just as important after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. As the country continues its efforts to reach herd immunity against COVID-19, it’s each of our responsibilities to safely carry on with our new normal without putting others at risk. Sure, the distribution …

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What will it take to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19?

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. Herd immunity has been the dangling carrot, the saving grace that the world is waiting for as the end to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now more than a year out …

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So, you got the COVID-19 vaccine. Now what?

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a critical step toward protecting you from the virus, but remember — its effect isn’t immediate. Getting vaccinated also doesn’t mean you can let up on …

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COVID-19 variants: What are they and where are they coming from?

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. Lately, we’ve been hearing that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is changing, developing variants that may have different characteristics. As the curiosity catches up to us, we ask, what is that all about? How …

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