Coronavirus and pets: Here’s what the CDC says about dogs, cats, and social distancing

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At this time, the CDC says, “There is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States.” But researchers are still learning. First, the spoiler: At this time, the CDC says, “There is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States.” So if you were worried about catching COVID-19 from Fido or Fluffy, there’s no need to panic. The CDC adds in a recent media release that there is “no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.” Read Full Story

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We should all wear masks now

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The CDC is poised to tell everyone to wear a cloth mask in public. Here’s why. A little over a month ago, after the first community-spread cases of COVID-19 were reported near Seattle, U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams tweeted a message to the American public: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!” The standard advice of the WHO and the CDC was the same—people shouldn’t be wearing masks unless they were already infected with the coronavirus or caring for someone with the disease. But now the CDC is expected to change its guidance to say that all people should wear cloth masks in public. Read Full Story

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House cleaning can protect you from coronavirus. Here’s how the CDC says to do it right

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Here are a few tips for keeping your home from being infectious in the age of the coronavirus. The CDC released some rather intense housecleaning guidelines that, if enacted, might consume all of your time. (“Clean surfaces using soap and water . . . tables, door knobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.” Also, clean all rugs.) You see the problem. Here’s what to do: Read Full Story

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Coronavirus symptoms checker: 9 signs to watch for, including 6 new CDC additions

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The CDC symptoms list also includes “emergency warning signs,” which indicate when you may need to seek medical attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its list of possible symptoms for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Its updated page now includes six additional items in addition to the original three (fever, cough, shortness of breath) that have long been seen as crucial warning signs. Read Full Story

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Is COVID-19 airborne? Epidemiologists fume as CDC sows more public confusion

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New guidance on the coronavirus and airborne transmission was abruptly deleted by the CDC. There are still plenty of unknowns when it comes to the coronavirus, including an ever-growing list of symptoms (COVID toe and pink eye, anyone?) and whether or not you can be or become immune . Now you can count the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among the agents of confusion, as it has abruptly removed previously published guidance about how the virus spreads through the air. Read Full Story

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Six face masks that are well made and available right now

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Whether you’re looking for silk or cotton, prints or solid colors, these face masks make everyday PPE easy Over the course of the past two months, you’ve probably fashioned some sort of face mask that has allowed you to venture outside while meeting CDC recommendations for cloth face coverings. But if your experience has been similar to mine, you’ve realized that the homemade masks we’ve devised out of hair ties and cut-up tshirts and bandanas aren’t going to cut it for the long run. So, it’s time to invest in well-made, reusable, non-medical face masks. It’s just a matter of finding the right ones. Though much of what’s for sale online is questionably made or completely sold out (before the pre-sale even ends), there are still plenty of reputable brands offering cloth face masks that are durable—and stylish—enough for everyday wear. These are eight you can buy right now. Read …

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Facebook wants to convince the naysayers that social distancing applies to them too

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The company is launching a coronavirus information center and giving the WHO and CDC free ads and prominent placement at the top of Instagram and Facebook. Facebook announced that it is launching a “coronavirus center” with articles and information from public health officials, health organizations, politicians, celebrities, and news organizations. Within the next 24 hours, the coronavirus information hub will appear prominently at the top of both Facebook and Instagram for users in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Spain, Germany, and France. Read Full Story

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