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  • Is it Safe to Take a Summer Vacation, Even Fly?

    May 22, 2020

    Distancing, both physical and social, is the buzzword of the year and one Hartford HealthCare (HHC) experts want you to remember as the state reopens and you begin venturing out of your home this summer. The warmer months, when kids are traditionally of school, are a time when many people…

  • CDC’s COVID-19 Update Spares Pets, Downgrades Threat of Infected Surfaces

    May 22, 2020

    COVID-19 spreads more person-to-person than surface-to-person or animal-to-person, according to the latest update guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The person-to-person spread surprises no one, but the CDC has downgraded the risk of  touching a contaminated surface, then infecting yourself by touching your nose, eyes or mouth….

  • Windham paramedic program honors 25 years

    May 21, 2020

    Since its inception 25 years ago, the paramedic program at Windham Hospital has saved countless lives, built partnerships with 16 fire departments and served the 400-square-mile community around the hospital. In 1995, the town of Windham recognized the need for paramedic or advanced life support services in the Windham and…

  • 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…

  • Where to Get a COVID-19 Antibody Test, And Why

    May 20, 2020

    During the COVID-19 surge in Connecticut, diagnostic tests  performed with a nasal swab were critical in determining who had been infected with the coronavirus. Now, as the state’s economy reopens, a blood test is helping health professionals detect an immune response in people who were infected and also identify people were…

  • New: COVID-Related Behavioral Health Hotline

    May 19, 2020

    In any catastrophe, the medical needs must be tended first, followed by a wave of behavioral health issues that can last for months and years. The COVID-19 infection rate peaked in Connecticut at the end of April and now the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is preparing for increased demand…

  • If a Spot Looks Like This, it Could be Skin Cancer

    May 19, 2020

    The sun feels amazing on your face after a wet, dismal spring, but just a few moments of unprotected exposure can bring even more dismal consequences. During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Girish Mohan, director of cosmetic and laser dermatology with Hartford HealthCare Dermatology, wants to remind people that protecting…

  • 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…

  • What’s the Risk to Multiple Sclerosis Patients During COVID-19?

    May 19, 2020

    Layering a potentially lethal virus like COVID-19 onto a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can seem daunting, but strengthening the relationship with your specialist may be key to getting through. Dr. Derek Smith, a neurologist with the Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Multiple Sclerosis Center, part of Hartford HealthCare, said staying in…

  • Turning on the Faucet Slowly: Non-Emergency Surgeries Resume

    May 19, 2020

    Sixty patients filtered through Hartford Hospital within the last week for nonessential surgical procedures and “overwhelmingly” reported feeling safe as life in the facility starts to step out of the shadow cast by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. John Grady-Benson, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Bone & Joint Institute,…


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