The ‘Tripledemic’ Holiday: How to Fly More Safely (Hint: Wear a Mask)

“CDC recommends properly wearing a high-quality mask or respirator over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation (such as airplanes, trains, buses, ferries) and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations and seaports),” the CDC says on its website.With the number of people flying tracking close to 2019 levels — the TSA screened more than 4.5 million people over the past weekend — here are some steps you can take to stay saferContinue…

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Build a DIY air purifier! Tickets, Sun, Dec 18, 2022 at 4:00 PM | Eventbrite

If you are concerned about the risk of COVID, RSV, the flu, and poor indoor air quality at work, school, or home (especially if people are infected and want to reduce the risk of spread to other household members) but cannot afford to buy expensive HEPA air purifiers, fret not–you can build your own air cleaner with a box fan, some MERV-13 furnace filters, cardboard, and masking tape!It’s called a Corsi-Rosenthal box and it isContinue…

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It’s Time to Wear a Mask Again, Health Experts Say

Masks are back, and, this time, they’re not just for COVID-19. A “tripledemic” of the coronavirus, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, sweeping through the United States has prompted several cities and counties, including New York City and Los Angeles County, to encourage people to wear a mask in indoor public spaces once again.Nationwide, COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations have spiked by 56% and 24%, respectively, over the past two weeks. The CentersContinue…

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‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists

Infectious-diseases physician Krutika Kuppalli had been in her new job for barely a week in September 2020, when someone phoned her at home and threatened to kill her.Kuppalli, who had just moved from California to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, had been dealing with online abuse for months after she’d given high-profile media interviews on COVID-19, and had recently testified to a US congressional committee on how to hold safe elections duringContinue…

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Acute and postacute sequelae associated with SARS-CoV-2 reinfection | Nature Medicine

Compared to no reinfection, reinfection contributed additional risks of death (hazard ratio (HR) = 2.17, 95% confidence intervals (CI) 1.93–2.45), hospitalization (HR = 3.32, 95% CI 3.13–3.51) and sequelae including pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematological, diabetes, gastrointestinal, kidney, mental health, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. The risks were evident regardless of vaccination status. The risks were most pronounced in the acute phase but persisted in the postacute phase at 6 months. Compared to noninfected controls, cumulative risks and burdens of repeat infectionContinue…

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U.S. military says no ‘hard data’ showing vaccine mandate hurts recruiting | Reuters

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. military has no data to back up claims by top Republicans in Congress that the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is hurting recruiting, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday.”I’ve not seen any hard data that directly links the COVID mandate to an affect on our recruiting,” Austin told a news conference.Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who is vying to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and otherContinue…

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