Halloween in the Time of COVID-19

Halloween in the Time of COVID-19

For many kids (and adults!), Halloween is a highly anticipated holiday full of friends, frights, and, of course, treats. However, as Halloween approaches this year, many families are reconsidering their annual traditions in the face of a global pandemic. With the...
Common Fall Health Concerns

Common Fall Health Concerns

As summer gives way to fall, we’re met with colorful leaves, crisp air, and pumpkin spice-flavored everything. But harvest and holidays aside, the season’s cooler temps, indoor gatherings, and shorter days also instigate unwanted autumn ailments. Below, we discuss...
Factoring in Flu Season for COVID-19

Factoring in Flu Season for COVID-19

With fall–and flu season–fast approaching, COVID-19 is still circulating the country, and experts fear the combination may overwhelm already strained healthcare systems. Influenza accounts for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year. Hospitals...
Care for Insect Bites and Stings

Care for Insect Bites and Stings

As COVID-19 concerns and closures continue, many of us are looking to nature for our entertainment this summer. Socially-distanced outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, and camping, are an excellent way to stay safe and still make the most of the season. But...

What treatments are available for COVID-19?

As of July 2020, there are no treatments and there is no vaccine or cure for COVID-19, although there are clinical trials under way. Since COVID-19 stems from a virus, antibiotics are not effective to combat it. There are treatments for people who develop...
Why is Flattening the Curve Important?

Why is Flattening the Curve Important?

“Flattening the curve” refers to a graph that shows the number of COVID-19 cases over time. This graph is based on the fact that over time, short of a vaccine or cure of some sort, most people will eventually get the disease. Of these people, a seemingly small...

Should I wear a face mask when I go out in public?

In order to help protect yourself and others, the CDC recommends that you wear a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like grocery stores and pharmacies. This is especially important in areas where...

Is Hand Sanitizer as Effective as Soap and Water?

To prevent coronavirus, your best protection is handwashing with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially necessary after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not...

Why is handwashing important to prevent COVID-19?

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions, including coronavirus, are spread in part by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Coronavirus...
Everything You Need to Know About Sunburn

Everything You Need to Know About Sunburn

Despite our best intentions and precautionary measures, sunburn accidents happen. Just a little too much time in July’s harsh UV rays or a hastey sunscreen application can leave you suffering with red, painful skin. Below, we offer info on the symptoms, treatment, and...