Handwashing – The Right Way

Angie Szumlinski Health

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy! CDC Guidance: Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way Washing your hands is easy and it is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean …

More Studies!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In an article published in BMJ Thorax online, September 11, 2020, results indicate that seroprevalence among hospital workers may vary by job and by ethnicity. “All health care workers in the hospital are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection, not just those that are patient-facing, and all health care workers should closely follow advice and training on social distancing, handwashing …

Vaccine Triggers Immune Response

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

A CNBC article announced that AstraZeneca is developing its potential COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford and that the vaccine has produced a similar immune response in older and younger adults. The World Health Organization has said that older people, in addition to people of all ages with pre-existing medical conditions, appear to develop serious illness on …

Household Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 – CDC

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Improved understanding of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) within households could aid control measures. To assess household transmission, a case-ascertained study was conducted in Nashville, Tennessee and Marshfield, Wisconsin beginning in April 2020. Because household transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is common and can occur rapidly after the patient’s illness onset, persons should self-isolate immediately at …

COVID-19 Mitigation Behaviors by Age Group

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Per the CDC Weekly MMWR report that was published October 27, 2020 and updated October 30, 2020, self-reported engagement in mitigation behaviors (mask-wearing, handwashing, physical distancing, crowd and restaurant avoidance and cancellation of social activities) differed significantly by adult age group. During April-June 2020, the prevalence of these behaviors was lowest among adults aged 18-29 years and highest among those …

10 Things HealthCare Professionals Need to Know About U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Plans

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In the United States, there is not yet an authorized or approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The federal government, through Operation Warp Speed, has been working since the pandemic started to make one or more COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. Although the CDC does not have a role in developing COVID-19 vaccines, CDC has been …

Spare Change?

Angie Szumlinski Studies, Training

How well do you understand your nurse turnover rate? Seriously, are you looking at numbers? Are you looking at “why”? There have been many studies on nurse turnover and most say the same thing, “if you treat the employee fairly and pay them a competitive salary, nurses won’t leave”. Some of this is true, everyone wants to be respected for …

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

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While we are not experts in the development of COVID-19 vaccines, it is our goal to provide you with information that you may not have time to investigate on your own. Below is the most recent information shared by the CDC, supporting the use of approved COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC understands that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated …

To Fast or Feast

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How to Handle Covid Thanksgiving: Residents in isolation should stay in isolation and not leave the center except for hospitalization Residents in a facility with an outbreak need to be sure the family is aware and is advised not to take the resident out of the center  Discuss the risk/benefit of taking the resident LOA with families and request that …

Forget What You Heard!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

A recent study published in “Scientific Reports” raises the question, “are the elderly really more vulnerable to COVID-19 than the general population”? Since its emergence, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has resulted in a pandemic and has produced a huge number of cases worldwide. As of May 29, 2020, the number of confirmed cases in Italy was 382.3 (per 100,000 population), …