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  • Ready to Dine Out? Here Are the New Restaurant Rules

    May 18, 2020

    It’s OK to dine out in Connecticut, effective May 20, as long as you dine outside. The outdoor-only mandate for the state’s restaurants is part of Gov. Ned Lamont’s Phase 1 plan to reopen the state’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some guidelines diners will notice: Restaurants can…

  • 7 Ways to Make Hospitals, Doctors’ Offices Safe From COVID-19 as State Reopens

    May 15, 2020

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hartford HealthCare has never closed. But to help contain the spread of the virus, it suspended nonessential services, procedures and testing. Gradually, those services are phasing in at Hartford HealthCare hospitals, surgery centers, primary care offices, health centers and other facilities (above, the Bone & Joint…

  • How COVID-19 Might Reshape Healthcare

    May 15, 2020

    As “unprecedented” as the COVID-19 pandemic has been, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) President and CEO Jeff Flaks said it will guide transformation of the healthcare industry. “We’re going to see a new industry emerge worldwide – new beds, new ways to clean rooms, new ways to enter rooms,” he said in…

  • Covid-19 and Your Car (And, Soon, New Passengers)

    May 14, 2020

    Getting back into the real world of a reopened economy also means getting back into your car more frequently, sometimes with other people. Think of a vehicle as a tiny living space. OK, you’re already paranoid. So start by maintaining, as best as possible within that space, the practices shared…

  • A New Look: A Trip to Your Local Barbershop, Salon

    May 12, 2020

    Does anyone’s things-to-do list when Connecticut’s economy reopens not include a haircut? If barbershops and hair salons open June 1, as now scheduled, things will be different. Do not expect, or ask for, “the usual.” You won’t get it. Your experience is going to be much different, probably for a…

  • New Report: Summer Heat Won’t Slow COVID-19

    May 11, 2020

    The flu is seasonal, but experts say COVID-19 is not, so don’t expect it to take a break as the mercury rises this summer. The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a report May 8 in which University of Toronto researchers reported the virus and its spread is not fueled by…

  • Cloth Mask vs. Surgical Mask: The Surprising COVID-19 Winner

    May 07, 2020

    Which mask offers the best protection from COVID-19, a surgical mask or cloth mask? The answer: an N95 mask. Well, that wasn’t fair. An N95 mask, which filters 95 percent of particles, is not recommended for public use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because these masks are…

  • How Effective Will Herd Immunity Be Against COVID-19?

    May 06, 2020

    In the fight against any virus, knowing a large number of people are immune to infection increases the sense of overall safety. It’s a concept called “herd immunity,” when a large percentage of people in a population are immune to an infection and, therefore, unable to spread it to others….

  • Healthcare Workers Front and Center During COVID-19 Pandemic

    May 06, 2020

    Even if  we were not commemorating National Nurses Week, National Hospital Week and National Emergency Medical Services Week this month, it would certainly feel like it. The signs are everywhere in communities across Connecticut, on mailboxes and lawns, in household windows and on windshields. Our health, and the state’s healthcare workers, have…

  • Antiviral Drug Remdesivir To Be Used For Seriously Ill COVID-19 Patients

    May 05, 2020

    Hartford HealthCare will start using the recently-approved drug remdesivir for specific, extremely ill COVID-19 patients within the next week. Eric Arlia, MBA, RPh, senior director of pharmacy for the system, said he expects a supply from the federal government, which is distributing the drug to healthcare facilities based on the number…

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