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  • How Long Does it Take Flu Vaccine to Work? (And Why You Should Get One Now)

    September 15, 2020

    Fall means foliage and, unfortunately, flu. This year, the double-whammy of the seasonal respiratory ailment and a predicted second wave of COVID-19 has infectious disease experts urging Americans to rally against quarantine fatigue, maintain safe practices and get a flu shot. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National…

  • Quiet, Please! How It Can Help Stop COVID-19

    September 03, 2020

    Shhhhhhh! We’re trying to prevent infection here! Keeping your conversations quiet – or not having them at all! – is the latest suggestion for containing the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Jose Jimenez, a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder who researches disease transmission, told The Atlantic that loud…

  • What’s Your Risk of Heart Disease? This 5-Minute Test Can Tell You

    September 03, 2020

    Two-thirds of adults are at risk of heart disease. Are you? Calcium scoring, a simple, affordable test, is one of the most effective tests in determining your risk of heart disease. And your calcium score might just surprise you. “People who we think are at high risk often have a…

  • Exposed to COVID-19? Despite New CDC Guidance, State Says Get a Test

    August 27, 2020

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention slightly softened controversial new COVID-19 testing guidance Thursday with a statement suggesting tests for people exposed to the virus who do not show symptoms “may be considered.” Earlier in the week, the CDC website quietly updated recommendations to exclude asymptomatic cases. Connecticut, in a break…

  • COVID-19 Side Effect: A Headache That Lasts Longer Than The Virus

    August 27, 2020

    A headache is one of the first signs of COVID-19 virus, but it’s now also being recognized as a symptom that lingers long after the illness is over. Dr. Valeriya Klats, a neurologist and headache specialist with the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Ayer Institute Headache Center in Fairfield County, said the…

  • Why You Should Wait Until At Least Oct. 1 to Get a Flu Shot

    August 20, 2020

    Some locations are already offering flu shots, but an infectious disease specialist at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, part of Hartford HealthCare, said timing is everything this year. Nationally, public health officials are predicting what they’ve called a “twindemic” when the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic coincides with…

  • How to Keep State Campuses Safe From COVID-19

    August 19, 2020

    If a key to mitigating the threat of COVID-19 has been isolating and limiting contact to a small bubble of family or friends, what does that mean for college students moving into dorms and apartments this month? Keith Grant, system director of infection prevention with Hartford HealthCare, said students should…

  • Study: Antibody Detection Rate for Healthcare Workers Slightly Higher Than State Average

    August 18, 2020

    After testing nearly 7,000 colleagues for antibodies to the COVID-19 virus, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) researchers calculated a 6.4-percent antibody detection rate, which is slightly higher than the state average. The rate of detection, called “seroprevalence,” correlates to the level of exposure HHC colleagues had to the potentially deadly virus, either…

  • USC Researchers: COVID-19 Starts With Fever, Flu Starts With Cough

    August 17, 2020

    When flu season collides with an expected second wave of COVID-19 this fall and winter, doctors will show particular interest in the order of a patient’s symptoms after a new study at the University of Southern California identified key differences in the respiratory diseases. The researchers found fever is the…

  • PAP Test Now Recommended to Start at Age 25

    August 17, 2020

    Evolving science means updated guidelines, and improvements to the standard cervical cancer tool, the PAP test, recently prompted the American Cancer Society (ACS) to change the recommended testing start age from 21 to 25. Dr. Daniel Gottschall, an obstetrician/gynecologist at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, part of Hartford HealthCare, said the…


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