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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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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Coronavirus proves we should all work less

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We have designed the perfect tools to work productively from home. But that doesn’t mean our homes belong to our work. While COVID-19 spreads across the United States, the best thing that most of us can do is self-quarantine. Companies across the country have closed their offices so people can work safely from home. K-12 schools, from San Francisco to New York City, have shuttered to thwart the spread of infection. We can expect more school districts to follow suit, as the CDC now recommends schools close and stay closed for the next eight weeks to protect our population; President Trump has recommended closing schools, too. Read Full Story

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6 million American households could face eviction on January 1

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The CDC’s eviction moratorium expires on January 1. Even if the Biden administration has a plan to help renters, unless Trump acts there will be a 20-day gap when landlords can try to evict anyone who didn’t pay. As 2020 ends, millions of Americans will face a new challenge: the risk of eviction in January if the current CDC eviction moratorium is allowed to expire on December 31. By one estimate , as many as 6,471,000 households could be at risk of losing their homes as the pandemic continues to grow. Read Full Story

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CDC: people without a college degree are more likely to consider suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic

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While the study found that, overall, 10.7% of U.S. adults seriously considered suicide during the pandemic, that proportion increased in certain segments of the population due to socioeconomic factors. While the physical and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t be more glaring, the pandemic has had a horrifying effect on something that is most often invisible: people’s mental health. That’s according to an alarming new study released by the CDC that examined people’s self-reported state of mental health during the pandemic. Read Full Story

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5 ways emotional intelligence can help us through the coronavirus crisis

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While the COVID-19 pandemic threat is real, allowing our emotions to run amok will make the situation even worse. With the coronavirus crisis accelerating, we are bombarded with new developments daily and even hourly. We don’t know what to expect and listen intently to any new development, focusing on what the experts tell us to do to keep safe. The unknown, and the volatility of the situation, keeps us on edge, wondering what’s coming tomorrow. This situation can make us feel afraid, overwhelmed, and helpless. While the threat is real, panic and having our emotions run amok will make the situation even worse. Read Full Story

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