Florida Governor Lifts State's Coronavirus Restrictions on Businesses, Mask Fines Suspended

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is moving the state into Phase 3 of reopening amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. During a press conference on Friday, the Republican governor, 42, acknowledged that the pandemic is far from over but claimed that the threat of COVID-19 has decreased and the need to reopen the state's businesses has increased. DeSantis announced an executive order […]

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Preparing for Flooding During Hurricane Season

SUNDAY, Sept. 27, 2020 — If you’re in an area of the United States at risk for flooding during one of the most active hurricane seasons ever, there are a number of precautions you should take, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says. Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know […]

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The long-term pain of the mental health pandemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios A less visible but still massive trauma caused by the coronavirus is becoming clear: our mental health is suffering with potentially long-lasting consequences. Why it matters: Mental health disorders that range from schizophrenia to depression and anxiety exert a severe cost on personal health and the economy. Addressing that challenge may require out-of-the-box solutions. What's happening: During […]

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Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows

Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows. Most people who took part in the research perceived their pets to be a source of considerable support during the lockdown period. (23 March—1 June, 2020) The study—from the University of York and the University of Lincoln—found that having […]

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Study shows Massachusetts response to COVID-19 in nursing homes helped stem infection rate

A paper just published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that adherence to infection control processes, especially proper wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cohorting strategies, such as grouping residents based on their risk of infection or whether they tested positive for COVID-19, was significantly associated with declines in weekly infection and mortality rates. Lewis A. […]

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Spain locks down one million as Europe battles regional surge

Spanish officials expanded a lockdown in and around Madrid on Friday to cover one million people, as European nations faced up to a sustained spike in virus cases. Madrid’s health authority said new rules largely banning tens of thousands from leaving their districts—in addition to the 850,000 already living under similar restrictions—would be enforced from Monday. New spikes are springing […]

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