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Spotlight: Creating the best home during and after COVID-19: Are you living in a healthy sanctuary? – GuelphToday

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When travel is no longer an option given the need for social distancing, the question arises: is your home the healthiest place to spend 24/7 riding out a pandemic?

What about life after COVID-19?

Living in a clean, safe environment is a key contributor to your overall health. And during self-isolation and the COVID-19 crisis, the benefits of a healthy living space have been amplified. For many, a safe home means taking the necessary steps to keep surfaces disinfected, decluttering, and checking the efficiency and cleanliness of critical HVAC systems.

This is a great base to optimize your home environment, but more can be done.

Now more than ever, were looking to our homes for our protection, our health and our safety, said David Brix, President of Terra View Homes and homebuilder who specializes in energy-efficient, net-zero homes.

"What we live in matters, not just for the environment but for our health, and I don't think enough people know about the health benefits that net-zero homes can provide for families. A healthy home is one that prioritizes the well-being of its occupants, and every feature in our net-zero homes work together to achieve this."

Net-zero homes are designed with energy efficiency and air quality in mind. They are highly insulated and extremely air-tight, and theyre built with heat recovery ventilators to improve air quality, maintain consistent temperatures, filter indoor air and reduce drafts. Beyond this our homes are built with as many low VOC (volatile organic compounds) as possible. Its a home designed to reduce a homeowners carbon footprint by producing as much clean energy as it uses on an annual basis.

Were proud of our net-zero communities and the sustainable, healthy and comfortable living theyre providing our homeowners with, said Brix.

As much as Guelphites can benefit from net-zero homes as a healthy living option, Terra View also wants local residents who are staying home during this time to consider taking the necessary steps to create the safest and healthiest environment possible.

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Anthony Galanda Highlights Living A Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Success – Thrive Global

Anthony Galandais a born and bred New Yorker, with work experience as diverse as the city itself! Raised in the borough of Queens, Anthony has a diverse professional background in the fields of hospitality, retail, and real estate. His decision to switch careers led him to enroll in LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) as a Communications/Public Relations Major.

Anthony excelled academically at LaGuardia. He continuously earned and maintained a spot on the Deans List with a 4.0 GPA. He was inaugurated intoboth Phi Theta Kappa () and the National Communication Associations Sigma Chi Eta Honor Society.Anthony availed himself of the many extracurricular activities offered at LaGuardia, serving as the Social Media Coordinator of the Health and Nutrition Club. He showcased his stellar communication skills during his persuasive speech about healthy living, placing second in LaGuardias Annual Public Speaking Contest. Upon graduation, he earned his Associate of Arts degree with High Honors. His academic efforts awarded him the CUNYPathways Monetary Scholarship to pursue his baccalaureate degree.

Anthony Galanda chose to continue his education at CCNY, The City College of NY. He enrolled as a Communications Major, with a specialization in Advertising and Public Relations. During his junior year, Anthony interned at VMLY&R Miami as a junior account executive and gained valuable insight in the world of advertising and client relations. During his senior year, Anthony was inducted into CCNYs Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society ()andthe National Society for Leadership and Success. Anthony was a finalist in the 2020 Zahn Innovation Centers Startup Competition. He pitched a prototype and marketing strategy for his hospitality app, StaffToGO.

Anthony consistently maintained Deans List throughout his academic journey at CCNY and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors from CCNY. As a recent college grad, Anthony Galanda is excited to pursue a career in his field. With his previous experience in client relations and account management, he is ready to begin his future career in corporate communications and advertising!

What do you love most about the industry you are in?

What I love the most about the industry I am in is that it allows us to begin tailoring advertising campaigns to fit a clients needs and help them better reach a larger audience. Advertising helps bring a companys mission to life through both words and art. Working for companies I am already passionate about is a bonus and sparks my creative thought process.

What does a typical day consist of for you?

I would say that a typical day could consist of many things. I often enjoy playing tennis, living a healthy lifestyle, following stock trends, keeping up with the advertising/public relations industry, staying organized, riding my electric scooters, renting exotic cars, and trying new foods/restaurants.

What keeps you motivated?

I get motivated by traveling to places I have never been. The world has a lot to offer and I love exploring new places. Warm weather and sunshine keep me going and in the best mood possible. Also, improving as a tennis player and becoming the best I can be is the ultimate motivation.

How do you motivate others?

I encourage them to live in the present moment and not let their past define them. Life is short and I motivate others to live their best lives by maintaining a positive attitude.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from those who are handicapped in any capacity that continue to carry out their lives without their limitations stopping them. Many of us often forget how many blessings we have in our life, and it all starts with our mental/physical health.

Who has been a role model to you and why?

My grandmother has been a role model to me with her hard work ethic, financial intelligence, and her strength of raising four children and two grandchildren.

How do you maintain a solid work life balance?

Time management is key to maintaining a solid work life balance. Equally prioritizing important deadlines at work, rest and relaxation, and physical/mental health is everything.

What traits do you possess that makes a successful leader?

Im charismatic, hardworking and organized. I encourage public speaking and am not shy to voice my opinion. I enjoy helping others succeed and feel good about themselves.

What suggestions do you have for someone starting in your industry?

I highly suggest being well versed in all social media platforms. The advertising industry is shifting to digital; it is important to be technologically sound.

What has been the hardest obstacle youve overcome?

Enrolling back in college as an adult. Its not how you start, but how you finish and now I have my bachelors degree.

What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?

You need a little bit of insanity to do great things. This applies to real life situations where you must step outside of your comfort zone sometimes to get amazing things done.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Maintaining straight As in college while working multiple jobs.

Whats one piece of advice you would give to others?

I would tell people if that they can dream it, you can do it. Dont let anyone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of yours.

Outside of work, what defines you as a person?

My positive attitude and drive to succeed. What also defines me is my ability of making people laugh and being a pleasure to be around.

What trends in your industry excite you?

I am excited by the shift to digital advertising (social media) as opposed to traditional advertising methods (billboards etc). There are so many different ways to reach an audience through the digital sector.

Explain the proudest day of your professional life.

My proudest moment was achieving my bachelors degree and creating/pitching a prototype of my hospitality app idea StaffToGO, in the 2020 Zahn Innovation Center Startup Competition.

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Houstonians with disabilities know the only way through isolation is through – Houston Chronicle

In the midst of a pandemic, examples of mental fortitude and courage can be found. Yet social media is filled with anxious people wondering who is a coronavirus carrier, who can be trusted, how to get through this time of relative isolation. We are social creatures, so the longer shelter-in-place orders stretch on, the more our untested isolation skills will be frayed.

Some know all too well what it takes to cope with isolation: Houstonians with disabilities. For much or all of their lives, those with a wide variety of conditions have had to retreat because their bodies or minds required it for their health, or a mistrusting society gave them the side eye and made them feel othered.

People with disabilities are in a unique position to offer advice to Greater Houston residents who are new to feelings of isolation and a shaky sense of well-being. The Houston Chronicles A Special World asked six such individuals for their perspective on resilience in the era of COVID-19. Here are their responses.

38, father and former adaptive tennis professional; birth defect resulting in amputation above right knee and tethered spinal cord syndrome diagnosed in childhood, neurological and immunodeficiencies

During these times and other disruptions of daily life, I have had to remember to pace myself. I take a clay-court mentality: Life is slower and requires patience!

Growing up living with a disability taught me the importance of keeping a positive mindset. It can prove challenging especially, in my case, during disruptions that can result from medical complications.

I have learned to acknowledge that there will be things that are out of my control. While I may not be able to do certain things anymore, I am still able to do other things that make me happy. In addition, make sure to be open with others, no matter how humbling. There is definitely a balancing act of self-reliance with when to ask for help.

Something prevalent in the adaptive community that others may be experiencing for the first time, or at a more extreme level than before, are feelings of loneliness from new social distancing guidelines. It can be very taxing, mentally and emotionally. It is OK to talk about your feelings. I have found seeking help from a licensed therapist as well as confiding in a friend or family member very helpful. You are not alone.

I hope that after we begin to settle into the new normal, we all have a new sense of self, life and humility to continue to be better humans.

40, IT professional for the Census Bureau who also analyzes convict-leasing historical research data for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition; autism (Asperger Syndrome) diagnosis at 29

For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.

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This was spoken by Francis Bacon in the 16th century. People with disabilities often find themselves in exile in their own homeland. Thanks to the coronavirus, people will get a deeper insight into what one who is isolated may feel like left out for no other reason than being different.

Its like Quasimodo, the main character in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. From a distance, he would get to see his neighbors celebrate, engage, interact and he wasnt welcomed. The blessing in this time is to view life from a different perspective, and what you do with that information is entirely up to you.

My hope and prayer is everyone will grow from this experience. My advice is to celebrate and give thanks.

19, native Houstonian, performer with Theatre Under The Stars The River and disability advocate who has appeared on The View and Great Day Houston; cerebral palsy from premature birth

I dont allow my disability to define me in or out of these unusual times that we find ourselves in right now.

My life has thrown me many curveballs, but the best way I know how to deal with them is to take it one day at a time and use it to my advantage. To lift me up and try harder the next time. Even through these challenging times, we must be as strong as we can and dont let it bring you down.

As someone in the special-needs community, I think the one thing that all of us, even typical people, are struggling with is life without a schedule. Filling your days with activities that you enjoy at home seems to make the days go by faster. Yes, its been challenging through this new normal, but I really hope we learn to be more compassionate to others and appreciate the little things a lot more.

71, directs the independent living research program at TIRR Memorial Hermann and is professor of biomedical informatics and rehabilitation at UTHealth, as a policy expert was key in drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act; spinal cord injury in college

In some respects, people with disabilities are better prepared to shelter in place than those without disabilities. More than two-thirds of people with disabilities were unemployed before the pandemic struck; more than half live below the poverty line; and many have limited transportation options. For these reasons and more, people with disabilities are generally accustomed to spending more time at home than other people.

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People with disabilities are typically resilient, but this virus is testing all of us.

Practicing Stay Home and Stay Safe may create feelings of isolation and loneliness. Those of us with disabilities who have faced these sensations before would suggest: maintain a regular daily schedule; dont make a habit of sleeping in each day; put limits on your workday just as you would if you were at your ordinary workplace; if you cant do your work at home, adopt a hobby or take an online educational course; get outside at least once a day and exercise; use a web meeting platform like Zoom to meet with a family group or friends; and limit online and TV bingeing try reading a book. One other possibility no one should ignore: Consult an online mental health counselor or therapist for professional assistance coping.

54, Houston disability activist, author, artist and professional public presenter known as the Goddess on Wheels; disabled because of childhood polio

As COVID-19 forces all of us into isolation, society begins to adapt in order to survive. Social contact has moved to an online platform where virtual hugs will have to be soothing enough, and learning to navigate life almost entirely from home slowly begins to feel like the new normal.

For many people with significant disabilities, this has been the normal for their entire lives. We have been experts at surviving isolation. We have been experts in constructing networks of support and solidarity, existing in our disabled bodies while building bridges and communities whether we realize it or not. We have, all along, known how to endure the silence and invisibility imposed upon our disabled lives.

When people say there is no precedent to what they are having to live right now, they must remember that disabled peoples struggle for social inclusion our experience with having been isolated, shunned, silenced and sentenced to social invisibility is the precedent.

And what do we say to the nondisabled world that feels the blues of social distancing and isolation? Dont worry. We got you. You can lean on us, and learn from our survival.

32, architectural designer at PDR Corp.; autism (Asperger Syndrome) diagnosis at 27

I have autism and while I do enjoy being social, sometimes the outside world can be overwhelming. As a result, I retreat to my comfort zone. I have developed ways to cope in isolation. My autism superpower is my interest in art. Art is a healthy outlet and a constant companion.

In addition to having interests, I have a strong support system. No matter how short the correspondence, through technology we can feel less alone. I am transitioning to working from home. First, I had to find a work location in my apartment with minimal distractions and optimal natural lighting. (Besides) workspace, I developed new daily routines, which can be a challenge for many on the (autism) spectrum.

Take it one day at a time. Focusing on your routine and accomplishing your small goals can give you purpose.

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Healthy living: Three training trends set to take off in 2020 – The South African

Here are some training trends for 2020. The best part is, for most of them you dont even need a gym (which is good news considering the lockdown situation).

Some of the biggest fitness and training trends of the year in 2019 included high-intensity interval training (HIIT), wearable workout technology and garments like waist trainers, as well as all-natural protein bars.

According to leading market analysts, these are the main wellness patterns of 2020:

Working out at home is more innovative and fun than ever in 2020. Smart technology goes way beyond workout bikes; this area has expanded exponentially and now contains a variety of fitness equipment, including advanced rowing machines and weightlifting devices. There are also full-length exercise mirrors that act as a personal trainer its a whole different type of personal training.

Home fitness lets users pick whatever class they want, any time they want. Trainers who dont have access to equipment have the benefit of following popular and trusted YouTube trainers. There are plenty of video challenges and follow-along videos on YouTube.

Household exercises have a lot of opportunities you can do them indoors on a rainy day, they dont need you to travel far after a long day at work and they are extremely easy.

Active recovery is a low-intensity fitness activity performed after a hard workout or physical activity is done. As paradoxical as it may seem, exercising at a lower intensity rather than remaining still is the best way to recover from a marathon or any other sports competition.

Since active recovery encompasses anything and everything that can help Canadians feel better, move better and perform better, it should be something you focus on daily, said Mo Hagan, chief operating officer of canfitpro.

Examples of active recovery training are:

Although this isnt a recent trend, group training has gone to another level in 2020. Apart from training, it gives friends, family and couples time to bond while exercising.

Despite the influx of boutique group training offerings, it is no wonder that group training made it to this list. Group exercise instructors educate, guide and inspire individuals through intentionally planned group exercise classes. Group exercises are designed to be motivational, beneficial and effective for people who are at different levels in fitness, with coaches using coaching strategies that help individuals in their classes achieve their health and fitness goals.

If you dont know which trend youd like to follow, you can find a health coach that can advise you, or select a workout that best suits your fitness level.

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Taking heart medications? Don’t forgo healthy habits – Harvard Health

Published: May, 2020

People may let healthy eating and exercise habits slide after starting prescription heart medications, according to a study in the February 18 Journal of the American Heart Association.

The study involved more than 40,000 Finnish people whose average age was 52. From 2000 to 2013, researchers surveyed them at least twice every four years about their body mass index and their exercise, smoking, and drinking habits. They used pharmacy records to track if the participants began taking blood pressure drugs or statins.

People who started taking those heart-protecting drugs were more likely to gain weight and exercise less than those who didn't take the medications.

Because the study involved mostly white women living in Finland (where a large public health effort to prevent diabetes began during the study period), the findings may not be generalizable to all people. Still, it's a good reminder to be vigilant about healthy habits, especially after starting heart medications.

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Healthy Living: Mother unprepared for first encounter with special education – Norwich Bulletin

By Kathleen Stauffer, For The Bulletin

Dawn remembers the bad old days.

Her son Jaime, now an adult working as The Arc Eastern Connecticuts professional advocate, had just entered first grade. I was not prepared for the school not to educate him, she says. They accepted him. They all thought he was adorable. He got away with anything. They treated him and others in his class like babies.

I have to say, I know these people meant well, she says. But the philosophy was very different then. They had kids with IDD, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, sit on the floor and sing songs, and I wanted my son to get an education. He could hold a pencil and write his name. At a meeting with school administrators, Dawn insisted that Jaime receive proper schooling, but she didnt feel heard. So, I got up and walked out.

It is very different now. Parents have more of a voice. And I know some pretty strong parents. I was at the Special Olympics talent show rehearsal last night. And I just stood there and looked around and saw all those parents who have worked so hard to get their kids up there on stage.

There was a time, about 70 years ago, that public schools turned children with IDD away. Ignorance led many educators to conclude that people with IDD couldnt learn.

Angered and fully aware that their children could learn, parents all over the country founded educational programs for their children with IDD. The movement took off when country and western star Dale Evans wrote a book called Angel Unaware about her daughter, Robin Elizabeth, who had Down syndrome. Evans donated all book royalties to this new national parents organization, The Arc of the United States.

Like Dawn and other Arc parents, Evans changed lives forever by speaking on behalf of children with IDD and encouraging parents to demand equal treatment for their children.

Dawn says parents and people with IDD must be tenacious. Dont give up, she says. Dont ever give up!

Note: The Special Olympics talent show at Killingly High School slated for April has been canceled.

Kathleen Stauffer is chief executive officer of The Arc Eastern Connecticut. For more information on The Arcs microbusinesses, go to For more articles by this author, visit

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Dr. Nicole Saphier: Coronavirus projections this is what the models couldn’t measure – Fox News

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When we look back on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the United States, it will be clear who led the charge to defeat it: the American people.

Less than two months ago, epidemiological modeling from the Imperial College of London suggested nearly 2 million Americans could die during the COVID-19 crisis. The earliest model from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested the number of U.S. deaths couldrange from 200,000 to as many as 1.7 million.

Thanks to the ingenuity of Americans everywhere, we are currently proving them wrong.


Now, in an update published lastweek, the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) lowered its projection of total deaths from 68,841 to just over 60,308 (with an estimated range of 34,063 to 140,381).

Why were the prior models so off?

Models have no control over our country, but Americans do.

Epidemiological estimates can be useful tools but should not be over-interpreted as we need to allow them to be fluid, accounting for important and unanticipated effects, which makes them only useful in the short term. So, the models of last month, last week and maybe even yesterday will be wrong, because they underestimate the resolve of the American people.

The scientific side of modeling is straight-forward, but model outcomes vary extensively depending on the characteristics and transmission of a pathogen. In the case of COVID-19, the spread of the virus hinges on exactly what is done to stop cases from doubling, hence the stay-at-home orders to slow community transmission.

We are beating all the projections by taking common-sense steps to protect ourselves and the people we care for. Heres the thing: thats not something weve ever tried before.

The abysmal estimates were based on the reality that Americans frequently depend on doctors and medications to save them, rather than taking charge of reducing their individual risk of illness.We know this because of the alarming rate of preventable, chronic illness throughout the country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), six in 10Americans live with at least one chronic disease, such as heart disease, stroke, canceror diabetes. Not only are these the leading driver in health care costs in our country, but they also are the leading causes of death and disability.

The nations aging population, coupled with existing risk factors (tobacco use, poor diet, sedentary lifestyles), coupled with medical advances that extend longevity, tell us that the chronic disease problem will only worsen as our population ages. A recent Milken Institute analysis estimates that modest reductions in unhealthy behaviors could delay or evenprevent 40 million cases of chronic sickness per year.

Although it feels like an eternity, less than a month after stay-at-home orders were enacted, the courageous actions of our country have made a tremendous difference as we see promising signs of flattening the curve

If we learn how to effectively prevent chronic conditions through lifestyle changes, thus avoiding hospitalizations and serious complications, the health care system would be better equipped to handle any recurrent spikes in COVID-19 cases and future pandemics. Not to mention that decreasinghospitalizations would reduce the cost burden we all share in addition to improving the quality of life for millions of Americans.

Although it feels like an eternity, less than a month after stay-at-home orders were enacted, the courageous actions of our country have made a tremendous difference as we see promising signs of flattening the curve. But we cant do this forever.

As our unemployment is ticking closer 20 percentfrom people staying home, we must be reminded of a grave reality: based on information from the National Bureau of Economic Research: with every 1 percentincrease in unemployment, we can see up to a 3.6 percentincrease in overdose deaths and a 1 percentincrease in suicide across the country.If unemployment hits 32 percentthe worst-case scenario prediction of a St. Louis Federal Reserve economistsome 77,000 Americans may die in addition to those who were stricken with COVID-19.

Just as the threat of staying shut down is absolute, the danger in reopening and relaxing measures, however, is also very real. Singapore experienced a spike in new COVID-19 cases lastweek after initially seeing major successes as a result of its lockdown measures. Thiscould happen here as well

But a national shutdown is not a sustainable long-term solution.

That means, absent a vaccine or effective COVID-19 treatment, reopening must be gradual andspecific to individual states.Reopening measures can only occur when the rate of new infections has slowed substantially, hospital capacity is manageable, effective outpatient testing is in place and we are consistently able to contact trace and quarantine the infected and potentially infected.

In addition to securing adequate personal protective equipment, another key to maintain hospital preparedness for reopening is by lessening the burden on the system through healthy lifestyle choices such as improving our diets, increasing physical activity and getting our recommended wellness screenings for early disease detection.


Social distancing measures and healthy behaviors recommended by health officials dont just lower disease mortality, they can reduce a pandemics long-term adverse economic effects.Unlike the secular stagnation that plagued America during the Great Depression, our country is chomping at the bit to reopen with people even protesting to be able to leave their homes again.

As our government attempts to put together the most appropriate opening strategy, the best economic package will be the best public health one. Even when stay-at-home orders are lifted the only way to improve the economy is to make Americans feel safe enough to go out and spend money rather than continuing to remain in the protection of their homes.

Until we have a vaccine ortreatment to lessen the severity of this novel coronavirus, we must rely onwhat we do have right now:theamazing ingenuity of the American people.I look tothe private business sector to implement measures that ensure proper sanitization, enhancecontact-free delivery and payment systems, and encourage digital platform utilization to limit unnecessary crowding of small spaces.


For the rest of us, we can all contribute to a healthier America through continued useof social distancing, common-sense measures likeavoiding large crowds, staying home when sick, washing hands frequently throughout the day, wearing a mask if in close contact with others, and living the healthiest lives we can.

The renaissance will come, and it will be in an America with better hygiene and less chronic disease. I am counting on you, America, to make it happen.


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If one person in the household is sick with COVID-19, everyone else in the home should consider themselves as possibly having an asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infection, even if they feel fine, doctors say. sorbetto/Getty Images hide caption

If one person in the household is sick with COVID-19, everyone else in the home should consider themselves as possibly having an asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infection, even if they feel fine, doctors say.

By now, you've likely heard the advice: If you suspect that you're sick with COVID-19, or live with someone who is showing symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus, be prepared to ride it out at home.

That's because the vast majority of cases are mild or moderate, and while these cases can feel as rough as a very bad flu and even include some cases of pneumonia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of these patients will be able to recover without medical assistance. (If you're having trouble breathing or other emergency warning signs, seek medical help immediately.)

But this general advice means anyone living in the same household with the sick person could get infected a real concern, since research so far suggests household transmission is one of the main ways the coronavirus spreads. So how do you minimize your risk when moving out isn't an option? Here's what infectious disease and public health experts have to say:

Physically isolate the person who is sick

If you live in a place with more than one room, identify a room or area like a bedroom where the sick person can be isolated from the rest of the household, including pets. (The CDC says that while there's no evidence that pets can transmit the virus to humans, there have been reports of pets becoming infected after close contact with people who have COVID-19.)

Ideally, the "sick room" will have a door that can be kept shut when the sick person is inside which should really be most of the time.

"It would make sense for the person to just to be in their [contained] area in which we presume that things have virus exposure," says Dr. Rachel Bender Ignacio, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of Washington and spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. That way, she says, everyone else can move about the home more freely. A door would also make it easier to keep kids out of the isolation room.

Things get trickier if you all live in tighter quarters, like a one-bedroom or studio apartment, or have shared bedrooms. Everyone should still try to sleep in separate quarters from the sick person if at all possible "whether it's one person on a couch, another person on a bed," Bender Ignacio says.

That said, when multiple people share a small living space like that, "it may be very near impossible to avoid exposure," says Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. "If you are somebody that has other medical conditions or you're an advanced age and you're at risk for having a more severe course [of COVID-19], I do think you should take that into consideration and, if it's feasible, move out."

Limit your physical interactions but not your emotional ones

Even as you try to limit your face-to-face interactions with the sick person, remember, we all need human contact. Try visiting via text or video options like Facetime instead. Old-fashioned phone calls work too.

Whenever you are in the same room together, the CDC recommends that the sick person wear a cloth face covering, even in their own home. In practice, however, Adalja notes that "it can be uncomfortable for someone who's sick to wear a mask all the time in their own house" hence, another reason to limit those interactions.

Just make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after every visit with the ill person.

Consider yourself quarantined, too

Bender Ignacio says if one person in the household is sick, everyone else in the household should consider themselves as possibly having asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infection, even if they feel fine.

That means you should quarantine yourselves at home, too, she says, and ask a friend or neighbor to help with essential errands like grocery shopping so you don't run the risk of exposing other people in the store.

"The important consideration is that the entire house should be considered potentially infected for up to two weeks after people who are ill stop having symptoms," Bender Ignacio says. It's important to understand "that anybody leaving that house also has the possibility of bringing the virus out."

If others in the household do get sick, one after the other, that two-week quarantine should restart with each illness, she says which means you all could end up quarantined together for a long time.

If you have to share a bathroom ...

The CDC says anyone sick with symptoms of COVID-19 should use a separate bathroom if at all possible, but for many of us, that's not an option. If you do share a bathroom, the CDC advises that the caregiver or healthy housemates not go into the bathroom too soon after it's used by a person who has the virus.

"The hope is that with more time, if the patient was coughing in the room, fewer infectious droplets would remain suspended in the air," explains Dr. Alex Isakov, a professor of emergency medicine at Emory University and one of the creators of Emory's online tool for checking for COVID-19 symptoms at home. "It would help if you could ventilate the bathroom by opening a window, or running the exhaust fan, if so equipped."

If feeling well enough, experts say, the person who tested positive for the virus should disinfect the bathroom before exiting, paying close attention to surfaces like door knobs, faucet handles, toilet, countertops, light switches and any other surfaces they touched. If they can't do that, then the healthy housemate should wait as long as feasible before entering to disinfect, then wash their hands thoroughly afterward. And this is key each person in the household should use only their own frequently laundered towel.

Bender Ignacio says it wouldn't be a bad idea to try to remove all the bottles and lotions people tend to keep in the bathroom, so you can minimize the number of surfaces you have to disinfect in there. One idea: Everyone in the home might carry the items they'll need to use in the bathroom with them in a caddy, and remove them when they exit.

Handling food and dirty dishes

The whole goal of isolating a sick person is to minimize the areas they might be contaminating, so having them cook their own food in a shared kitchen should be considered a no-no, Adalja and Bender Ignacio agree.

"You just want to limit that person's interaction with other people and around common-touch surfaces" like the kitchen, says Adalja.

Instead, someone else in the house should prepare food for the sick person and take it to their isolation spot. The CDC recommends using gloves to handle and wash their dirty dishes and utensils in hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling the used items.

Parenting challenges

Of course, Facetime chats aren't likely to cut it if you're the parent of a young child who is sick. "I think that it's probably unfeasible to mask a sick child in their own home," says Bender Ignacio, adding, "If the child is the one who's sick, they need physical contact. That's important."

Keeping small children away can also be difficult if it is the parent who is sick. "If you have a child and you have a partner and that child is satisfied with the partner's hugs, then that's great," she says.

But "if the sick person is the only caregiver, then there has to be physical interaction," she says. "And I think we should be reassured to some extent that even though children are as likely as adults to get sick, we know now they're much less likely to get severe disease."

As with most things when it comes to parenting, "you just do the best you can," she says.


"The good thing about the coronavirus is that it is easily killed by soap and water," says Bender Ignacio.

The CDC advises washing clothes and other fabric items using the warmest water setting appropriate. The agency says it's fine to wash a sick person's clothes with everyone else's and make sure to dry items completely. Wear disposable gloves when handling the sick person's laundry, but don't shake it out first, the CDC says. When you're done, remove the gloves and wash your hands right away.

And don't let the sick person's clothes linger on the floor, says Bender Ignacio. "Make sure that laundry takes the shortest line between the hamper and the washing machine." Consider putting soiled clothes directly in the washer. If you use a hamper, it's a good idea to use a washable liner or a trash bag inside of it, says Bender Ignacio. Otherwise, she advises wiping down the hamper with soapy water afterward.


Commonly touched, shared surfaces in the house such as tables, chairs, door knobs, countertops, light switches, phones, keyboards, faucets and sink handles should be disinfected daily with a household disinfectant registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the CDC. (It doesn't have to be spray bleach, or a fancy product Comet disinfecting bathroom cleaner, Windex disinfectant cleaner, and many other easily found products are on that list.) The agency advises wearing disposable gloves when disinfecting surfaces for COVID-19.

However, unless you have to change soiled linens or clean up a dirty surface, try not to go into the sick person's room to clean, the CDC says, so you can minimize your contact. Give them their own trash can, lined with a paper or plastic bag that they can then remove and dispose of themselves if possible. Use gloves when taking out the trash and wash your hands right after you remove the gloves, the CDC says.

Protecting vulnerable people in the home

Recovering from COVID-19 at home poses particular challenges if someone else in the home is at higher risk of developing a severe case of the disease. That's of particular concern in multigenerational households. It would probably be safest for that at-risk household member say, a grandparent, or person with cancer or an autoimmune disease to move someplace else temporarily, until everyone else in the family is symptom-free, says Adalja.

However, moving out isn't an option for lots of people, and there's also the chance that the at-risk person might already be infected, in which case they could potentially transmit the virus to anyone else they moved in with, notes Bender Ignacio.

"The best option is to essentially find the safest room or rooms in the house for the most vulnerable people and then exclude everyone else from those rooms," she says. "Visit those people with meals in their room if there is a high concern."

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World Hemophilia Day 2020: Theme, Signs And Tips For Healthy Living – International Business Times

World Hemophilia Day is celebrated every year on April 17 to spread awareness about hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. It is celebratedto markthe birthday of Frank Schnabel, the founder of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH).

Since 1989, World Hemophilia Day is the day the whole bleeding disorders community comes together to celebrate the continuous advances in treatment while raising awareness and bringing understanding and attention to the issues related to proper care to the wider public, a statement on the website for World Hemophilia Day read.

This year, the WFHcelebrates the 30th anniversary of the World Hemophilia Day. The organizationwas found with a goal to provide better diagnosis and access to care for those people who are diagnosed with the disease but remain without treatment because they could not afford one. The federation conducts various fundraising programs to help such people overcome the disease and to bring them back to life.

We believe that every person with an inherited bleeding disorder deserves access to care and treatment. Our vision of 'Treatment for All' is that one day, all people with a bleeding disorder will have proper care, no matter where they live. The mission of the WFH is to improve and sustain care for people with inherited bleeding disorders around the world, the website stated.

The theme for World Haemophilia Day 2020 is "Get + Involved."The theme focuses on encouraging patients, family members or caregivers, a corporate partner, a volunteer, or a healthcare provider, etcto help increase the awareness and to provide access to adequate care possible everywhere in the world.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hemophilia is usually an inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly. This can lead to spontaneous bleeding as well as bleeding following injuries or surgery.Blood contains many proteins called clotting factors that can help to stop bleeding .

People with hemophilia have low levels of either factor VIII (8) or factor IX (9). The severity of hemophilia that a person has is determined by the amount of factor in the blood. The lower the amount of the factor, the more likely it is that bleeding will occur which can lead to serious health problems.

The National Health Portal of India classifies Hemophilia into two types:

According to the CDC common signs of hemophilia include:

National Hemophilia Foundations National Prevention Program provides these five tips for healthy living :

The CDC reports that "Hemophilia occurs in about 1 of every 5,000 male births. Currently, about 20,000 males in the United States are living with the disorder. Hemophilia A is about four times as common as hemophilia B, and about half of those affected have a severe form. Hemophilia affects people from all racial and ethnic groups." The landmark of the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, the White Tower, is lit in red on World Hemophilia Day to raise awareness about bleeding disorders, April 17, 2015. Photo: Getty Images/ SAKIS MITROLIDIS

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Live healthy to combat diseases, nutritionist urges Nigerians – Guardian

A registered nutritionist and National Publicity Secretary of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Olusola Malomohas urged Nigerians to imbibe healthy lifestyle as the global community battles Coronavirus pandemic.

Malomo made the call in his monthly healthy living dialogue, an initiative supported by Chi Limited. The dialogue is part of the companys No-Added Sugar campaign.

Malomo said it is widely accepted that people will have different benchmarks for what they choose to call a definition of a successful year, but achieving nutritional goals follow common universal guidelines, which must be adheredto if one wants to live disease-free life. He stated that among the most common goals are those regarding health, fitness and eating habits.

The one goal we need to have posted on our walls is to focus on our health. Having this overarching goal may look too broad, but being healthy involves everything we set as individual targets, such as eating a balanced diet, drinking pure fruit juice, taking long walks or using the stairs.

This one resolution requires that we are mentally committed to being healthy and we take on any activity that ensures our health. While we are looking for specific activities that we need to stay healthy in 2020, having a mindset of being healthy ensures that we do not get disheartened when we miss a gym time or eat a bar of chocolate, he said.

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