What to know about the CDC’s new Covid-19 quarantine guidelines – CNN

The new guidance says that someone exposed to an individual with Covid-19 no longer needs to quarantine at home, away from others. They can go to work, attend school and be in other settings around people as long as they wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask — ideally an N95 or equivalent. People should mask for 10 days following their exposure. They should also test at least five days after the exposure. If it’s positive, theyContinue…

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White patients’ physical responses to healthcare treatments are influenced by provider race and gender | PNAS

The healthcare workforce in the United States is becoming increasingly diverse, gradually shifting society away from the historical overrepresentation of White men among physicians. However, given the long-standing underrepresentation of people of color and women in the medical field, patients may still associate the concept of doctors with White men and may be physiologically less responsive to treatment administered by providers from other backgrounds. To investigate this, we varied the race and gender of theContinue…

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Homophobic misinformation is making it harder to contain the spread of monkeypox | MIT Technology Review

There have been 2,093 confirmed cases of the virus reported worldwide as of June 17. So far cases have mainly been identified among men who have sex with men, according to the World Health Organization. Its director in Europe, which is the epicenter of the current outbreak, sounded the alarm this week, warning that the authorities need to do more to contain the disease.That job is being made harder by false, often homophobic theories thatContinue…

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“I Think I’m Going to Die”: Guy With Monkeypox Shares His Terrifying Symptoms With The World

TW: Skin lesions An individual from London who was diagnosed with monkeypox and sent to a hospital for many days has described his terrifying symptoms, which led him to believe he was going to pass away.A charity worker named Harun Tulunay, whom is 35 years old, was cooped up in a hospital room all by himself in fear for his life.According to the local resident of Shoreditch, the first fever symptoms, which he felt wereContinue…

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Hospital-acquired pneumonia is killing patients. There’s a simple way to stop it.

Brushing Teeth Saves Lives

Four years ago, when Karen Giuliano went to a Boston hospital for hip replacement surgery, she was given a pale-pink bucket of toiletries issued to patients in many hospitals. Inside were tissues, bar soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and, without a doubt, the worst toothbrush she’d ever seen.“I couldn’t believe it. I got a toothbrush with no bristles,” she said. “It must have not gone through the bristle machine. It was just a stick.”To most patients, aContinue…

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If I get COVID on vacation, what should I do and when can I go home? : Goats and Soda : NPR

So you’ve joined the millions of travelers who are taking off this summer, headed for vacations, weddings, family reunions, conferences. And you flew to your destination.You arrive, you’re having a great time. Then you feel a little off. Your throat is scratchy. Maybe you start coughing. Or your head feels as if it is about to float off your body like a rogue balloon.Sigh. Time for a COVID test. The bad news: You’re positive!What doContinue…

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When medical bills lead to debt, financial hardship piles on top of sickness : Shots – Health News : NPR

The three are among more than 100 million people in America ― including 41% of adults ― beset by a health care system that is systematically pushing patients into debt on a mass scale, an investigation by KHN and NPR shows.The investigation reveals a problem that, despite new attention from the White House and Congress, is far more pervasive than previously reported. That is because much of the debt that patients accrue is hidden asContinue…

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Local health officials report first probable monkeypox case in Riverside County

Riverside County public health officials reported Wednesday the first probable case of monkeypox in the county.An eastern Riverside County man, who is under the age of 60, was seen in an outpatient setting and did not require hospitalization. Tests conducted on tissue samples from the man showed a preliminary positive for an orthopoxvirus, and additional testing will be conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory to confirm whether it is monkeypox, according toContinue…

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This May Be the COVID Variant Scientists Are Dreading

There are also some suggestions that the new subvariants have evolved to target the lungs—unlike Omicron, which usually resulted in a less dangerous infection of the upper respiratory tract.But there’s good news amid the bad. While cases are going up in the U.K., hospitalizations and deaths are increasing more slowly or even declining so far. “This could mean higher transmissible variants, BA.4 or 5, are in play, [and] these variants are much less severe,” EdwinContinue…

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