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Re-Opening the Economy and Getting Back to Business: Business Owners’ Liability Risk When Dealing With Customers and Others

While the “right” time to open the economy is hotly debated, many states have made the decision that it is time to get back to business. That means that businesses will be opening while there is still a continuing risk of COVID-19 exposure. As long as the risk of exposure remains, businesses face potential liability when they allow customers, vendors, and other parties to enter their premises...

State Guidance on Elective Surgeries

consider stopping elective procedures amid the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also released guidance to limit "non-essential adult elective surgery and medical and surgical procedures, including all dental procedures." The guidance additionally notes that while "decisions remain the responsibility of local healthcare delivery systems...and tho...

Mutated coronavirus shows significant boost in infectivity

A tiny genetic mutation in the SARS coronavirus 2 variant circulating throughout Europe and the United States significantly increases the virus’ ability to infect cells, lab experiments performed at Scripps Research show.

Immunotherapy and Beyond: Treatment Options and Potential Markers in Recurrent/Metastatic Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Jul 2nd, 2020 - Head and neck cancers account for approximately 4% of all cancers in the United States1 and are the eighth most common cancer affecting men in the United States.2 The diagnosis of recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (R/M HNSCC) carries a poor prognosis, with an overall survival (OS) of approximately 1 year.

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Reopening the country also strongly relies on public health strategi...

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but the virus continues to spread internationally and in the United States. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of COVID-19 an...

These are the states requiring people to wear masks when out in public

A growing number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. With many states starting to lift coronavirus restrictions, more people are venturing out in public, but the number of cases is still rising in nearly half of them. That's where masks come in. A recent study found that the use of masks and face coverings has been the most effective way to reduce...

7 myths are fueling new Covid-19 surges. Avoiding these will help save the economy and save lives

States are shutting down businesses again. Popular beaches have closed. And the rate of new Covid-19 infections keeps growing in most states, threatening to reverse the progress made during stay-at-home orders. So what happened? When states reopened to try to save the economy, the fate of this pandemic shifted from government mandates to personal responsibility. But many are not heeding that ...

Expert Perspective on ASCO20 Quality Research

Jul 6th, 2020 - This essential study (Abstract 2003) highlights that health policy impacts cancer survival. It showed that age-adjusted mortality from cancer is worse in states that have not expanded access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. There were 758 fewer cancer deaths in expansion states in 2017, and Hispanic populations had the greatest decrease in mortality under Medicaid expansion. This stud...

LifeHope 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel - Letter of Authorization

On February 4, 2020, pursuant to Section 564(b)(1)(C) of the Act, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) determined that there is a public health emergency that has a significant potential to affect national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad, and that involves the virus that causes COVID-19. Pursuant to Section 564 of the...


AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is committed to supporting superintendents and other school district leaders throughout the country during this challenging and unprecedented time. The following report presents a synthesis of the Guidelines for Reopening Schools recommended by superintendents throughout the United States as part of an ongoing AASA task force. During meetings of...

Considerations for Schools

As some communities in the United States open K-12 schools, CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which schools can help protect students, teachers, administrators, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19. Schools can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials to the extent possible, whether and how to implement these considerations while adjusting to meet...

Reopening US Schools in the Era of COVID-19: Practical Guidance From Other Nations

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been a devastating public health crisis, requiring significant lockdown measures to combat its spread. In the United States alone, approximately 36 million workers have become unemployed, and more than 50 million children are out of school for the remaining academic year.1 Given that a viral resurgence is expected in the fall, reopening schools is up for ...

Five People. One Test. This Is How You Get There.

Once we’ve beaten back the first wave of Covid-19 infections, the next phase of the fight against the pandemic begins. And that requires testing, lots of testing, much more testing than we’re doing right now in the United States, so we can isolate the sick from the well and keep the curve from kicking upward again. Researchers at Harvard say we need to triple our current capacity to test.

Recommendations to Optimize the Safety of Elective Surgical Care While Limiting the Spread of COVID-19: Primum Non Nocere

COVID-19 has drastically altered our lives in an unprecedented manner, shuttering industries and leaving most of the country in isolation as we adapt to the evolving crisis. Orthopedic surgery has not been spared from these effects, with the postponement of elective procedures in an attempt to mitigate disease transmission and preserve hospital resources as the pandemic continues to expand. Dur...

Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus

Herpes zoster (HZ), or shingles, results from reactivation of latent infection with varicella- zoster virus, which also causes chicken­pox. Anyone who has had chickenpox, even in subclinical form, is at risk for developing HZ. It is estimated that the lifetime risk of HZ is 30%, and 1 mil­lion new cases are reported annually in the United States.1 An effective shingles vaccine has been approved...

COVID-19 ALERT: Fraudulent Facemask Flyers

U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina today urged the public to be aware regarding fraudulent postings, cards, or flyers on the internet regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which include the United States Department of Justice’s seal.

A Pharmacist's Guide to Identifying the Signs and Symptoms of Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster (HZ), also known as zoster or shingles, is caused by the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. After an individual has been exposed to the varicella virus through chickenpox or via vaccination, the virus remains dormant in the dorsal root ganglia.1 According to the CDC, 1 million cases of HZ occur in the United States per year and 1 of every 3 people will have HZ at some poi...

Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

These recommendations represent the first statement by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on the use of a live attenuated vaccine for the prevention of herpes zoster (zoster) (i.e., shingles) and its sequelae, which was licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 25, 2006. This report summarizes the epidemiology of zoster and its sequelae, describes the z...

Real-time detection of COVID-19 epicenters within the United States using a network of smart thermometers

Containing outbreaks of infectious disease requires rapid identification of transmission hotspots, as the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates. Focusing limited public health resources on transmission hotspots can contain spread, thus reducing morbidity and mortality, but rapid data on community-level disease dynamics is often unavailable. Here, we demonstrate an approach to identify anomalously ...