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How to celebrate a fun Fourth of July at home

A combination of factors could make the Fourth of July a “perfect storm” of coronavirus infections, warned one doctor — but only for those who don’t choose to safely navigate the holiday weekend. Cities opening, people not following preventative guidelines and people traveling could cause a spike in new Covid-19 cases, said Dr. Joshua Barocas,…

Coronavirus infections going up in 36 states as July Fourth weekend starts

As Americans head into a holiday weekend in the shadow of a ravaging coronavirus pandemic, some governors are rethinking their stance on face coverings after days of record infections. The US reported more than 52,000 new cases of the virus Thursday, a new daily record surpassing one set the previous day. Coronavirus has killed more…

Study finds hydroxychloroquine helped coronavirus patients survive better

A surprising new study found that the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped patients better survive in the hospital. A team at Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan said Thursday its study of 2,541 hospitalized patients found that those given hydroxychloroquine were much less likely to die. Dr. Marcus Zervos, division head of infectious disease…

Coronavirus gives global doctors’ group a new frontier: US nursing homes

As a coordinator and communicator with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Heather Pagano has worked in Liberia helping communities fight Ebola; with refugees in Nigeria fleeing conflict; and in South Sudan, where violence has forced millions of people out of their homes. She never expected to be working in Detroit. But now Pagano is…

How to find resilience during the coronavirus pandemic

A few weeks into the coronavirus quarantine, 16-year-old Emmy Apfel was sitting at home in Palo Alto, California, with nothing to do. It was her school’s spring break, everything was canceled and the overwhelming boredom left her grasping for something, anything, to occupy her time. She posted an ad on the website Nextdoor, offering to…

The kid next door: Neighborhood friendships on a comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic

As the weather has warmed in my Midwestern town, my neighborhood is full of children on bicycles pretending to be riding through the Wild West. I can’t walk down the sidewalk without stepping on chalk drawings or hopscotch boards. There are children jumping rope and playing ball. In the eight years I’ve lived here, I’ve…

Americans who stayed home before they were told to saved lives, study finds

If you were one of the Americans who decided to self-isolate before you were required to by state or local mandate, good for you. You saved lives. That’s the finding of a study published Monday in the journal “The Lancet: Infectious Diseases,” which used mobile phone data to track how people behaved between January 1…

Some consumer fireworks emit high levels of lead and other toxins, a new study finds

When it comes to fireworks safety, parents may warn kids to avoid getting too close. What families may not realize, however, is that there are other health risks associated with setting off fireworks. In fact, some American consumer fireworks release toxins that are harmful for both humans and animals, according to a new study in…

Infant sleep issues linked to mental health problems in adolescents, study suggests

Sleep problems in early childhood may be linked to the development of certain mental health disorders in adolescence, according to new research. A study of 7,155 children in the United Kingdom found that waking up frequently during the night and irregular sleep routines as babies and toddlers was linked to psychotic experiences in children ages…

What is child care like in America right now?

Caring for children during Covid-19 has meant wrenching choices for many, but Frances Ber hardly saw a choice at all. Ber manages the social services department at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California, a job that now includes finding isolation housing for Covid-19 patients and connecting grieving families with mortuaries. Ber’s also a single…

US sees a record number of new coronavirus cases reported in a single day

The United States on Wednesday saw a record number — 46,853 — of new coronavirus cases reported in a single day, according to data complied by Johns Hopkins University. Wednesday’s total eclipses the previous high of new cases reached on June 26, when 45,255 new coronavirus cases were reported across the US. It took a…

How can we embrace race? Learn from this couple advocating for change

Years before George Floyd’s murder by police officer Derek Chauvin in the streets of Minneapolis propelled people around the world to protest systemic racism, Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas had been working on similar goals, in a different way. Married since 2002, they’ve been teaching families, educators and community members not just to talk about…

Stop going to bars, Dr. Fauci tells Americans

Americans have to stop going congregating in bars, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said Tuesday. But he said people can and should still have fun. “Bars: really not good, really not good. Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really have got to stop…

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