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  • Is it Safe to Use a Public Bathroom During COVID-19?

    May 21, 2020

    As the country reopens, state by state, is there public trust in public restrooms? Put it this way: At last check, New York’s subway system had one bathroom per 53,000 riders. In Connecticut, public restrooms remain closed at most state parks. Elsewhere, will people change their hygiene habits when in…

  • What to Watch, Medically, as the State Reopens

    May 19, 2020

    There are three measurements to watch as society begins to reopen after the COVID-19 lockdown and people start gathering again in churches, restaurants and parks, according to Dr. Ajay Kumar, chief clinical officer with Hartford HealthCare. The metrics, he said, are: The number of active cases. The number of people…

  • A Healthier You: Upcoming Webinars in May

    May 19, 2020

    The classes and events Hartford HealthCare brought you every week, before COVID-19, aren’t going away. We’re bringing them to you in a new series of webinars you can watch, then ask our professionals any questions you might have. In the next week, you can join webinars on Medicare basics, a…

  • Ready to Dine Out? Here Are the New Restaurant Rules

    May 18, 2020

    It’s OK to dine out in Connecticut, effective May 20, as long as you dine outside. The outdoor-only mandate for the state’s restaurants is part of Gov. Ned Lamont’s Phase 1 plan to reopen the state’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some guidelines diners will notice: Restaurants can…

  • 7 Ways to Make Hospitals, Doctors’ Offices Safe From COVID-19 as State Reopens

    May 15, 2020

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hartford HealthCare has never closed. But to help contain the spread of the virus, it suspended nonessential services, procedures and testing. Gradually, those services are phasing in at Hartford HealthCare hospitals, surgery centers, primary care offices, health centers and other facilities (above, the Bone & Joint…

  • How COVID-19 Might Reshape Healthcare

    May 15, 2020

    As “unprecedented” as the COVID-19 pandemic has been, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) President and CEO Jeff Flaks said it will guide transformation of the healthcare industry. “We’re going to see a new industry emerge worldwide – new beds, new ways to clean rooms, new ways to enter rooms,” he said in…

  • Covid-19 and Your Car (And, Soon, New Passengers)

    May 14, 2020

    Getting back into the real world of a reopened economy also means getting back into your car more frequently, sometimes with other people. Think of a vehicle as a tiny living space. OK, you’re already paranoid. So start by maintaining, as best as possible within that space, the practices shared…

  • A New Look: A Trip to Your Local Barbershop, Salon

    May 12, 2020

    Does anyone’s things-to-do list when Connecticut’s economy reopens not include a haircut? If barbershops and hair salons open June 1, as now scheduled, things will be different. Do not expect, or ask for, “the usual.” You won’t get it. Your experience is going to be much different, probably for a…

  • New Report: Summer Heat Won’t Slow COVID-19

    May 11, 2020

    The flu is seasonal, but experts say COVID-19 is not, so don’t expect it to take a break as the mercury rises this summer. The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a report May 8 in which University of Toronto researchers reported the virus and its spread is not fueled by…

  • Cloth Mask vs. Surgical Mask: The Surprising COVID-19 Winner

    May 07, 2020

    Which mask offers the best protection from COVID-19, a surgical mask or cloth mask? The answer: an N95 mask. Well, that wasn’t fair. An N95 mask, which filters 95 percent of particles, is not recommended for public use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because these masks are…


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