These 3 tools could help assess your risk of getting COVID-19

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David Bowen, the former health policy director for the Senate Committee on Health, advised on the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as on the SARS epidemic and other disease challenges. Here’s his advice on how technology can help us mitigate the risks of COVID-19. As the country fitfully reopens, many of the crucial decisions about risk in this pandemic move from the national to the personal. All of us face previously simple decisions that now have life-or-death consequences. Do I go out to eat? Do I visit Nana in the nursing home? Do I send my kids to school? We must answer these questions, not only individually, but also for our circle of family and friends who may have different risks. Read Full Story

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6 innovative projects to improve health and safety for workers during the pandemic

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Many businesses failed to protect their workers as COVID-19 struck. Now a series of grants is supporting worker-powered projects that help solve those issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has put worker health and safety measures to the test, and workplaces across the country have fallen short . Grocery store workers and garbage collectors have had to do their jobs without PPE or cleaning supplies; restaurant employees and gig workers have had to choose between going into work and risking their health or going without pay. Some workers have taken the issue into their own hands, coming up with ways to better protect their coworkers. Now, six such projects are getting help from the Workers Lab. Read Full Story

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Do you live in a COVID-19 hotspot? Harvard created a simple map that will tell you

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The Harvard Global Health Institute was one of eight organizations that created a simple color-coded map to help you identify the risk in your area. How likely are you to contract COVID-19? That’s a complicated question with a lot of variables. Trying to get insight into your personal risk involves parsing state and county data on rates of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths. Read Full Story

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I’m a psychologist. Here’s how employers can help workers get through this pandemic

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While everyone should take responsibility for their mental health, there’s a host of things employers can do to help employees remain happy and productive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With COVID-19 dominating much of our lives, realities such as social isolation, economic losses, additional responsibilities at home, and increasingly heartrending headlines are all taking their toll on our mental health. As much of the world adopts social distancing to do their part to flatten the COVID-19 curve, many are experiencing increased feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, or loneliness. Read Full Story

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Feeling anxious right now? These therapy apps can help you manage your mental health

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The coronavirus pandemic has us all a little scared. These apps can help you find therapy and other mental health resources—or just help you stay calm during the outbreak. Perhaps you, like me, are feeling a bit of anxiety over the coronavirus outbreak. I spent the weekend repeatedly checking my temperature even though it remains a cool 97 degrees. Whether you are concerned about contracting Covid-19, having a hard time being alone, worried about your family, spiraling over the general state of the world, or you just need to talk to someone, there are lots of remote therapy apps that can help connect you with help. Read Full Story

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Wearable gadgets could help catch COVID-19 before symptoms show

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Early data suggests that continuous temperature monitoring could be more helpful than random fever checks. Fever monitoring has developed something of a bad reputation under COVID-19. While having a fever is one of COVID-19’s telltale symptoms, temperature checks capture only a moment in time. Unless someone is stricken with fever, they tell us very little about a person’s state of health. But a new report suggests that body temperature can play a far more useful role in understanding health—we’re just using it wrong. Read Full Story

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COVID-related digital behaviors that won’t going away in 2021

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30-second summary: Market volatility and rapid shifts in consumer behavior will continue in 2021. The longer the COVID pandemic goes on the more ingrained digital behaviors become. Shoppers are buying more online and spending more when they do. Consumers are becoming more comfortable online experiences over with time. Taking in-store experiences and taking them digital is becoming more common. Search and market insights are becoming mission-critical for all marketers To say the last several months have been a roller coaster would be an understatement. This year has been one for the books as we’ve collectively experienced something no generation before us has: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a constantly connected, technology-empowered population. We’ve run the gamut of emotional states and economic impacts. As brands and consumers alike prepare for our most unusual holiday shopping season yet, it’s become clear that we’re in this for the long haul. While …

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