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Children with little to no symptoms may spread the coronavirus more easily than severely ill adults, according to a new study published Thursday. The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Mass General Hospital for Children recently studied 192 children suspected of having the coronavirus or who had been in contact with an infected person.Of the 192 participants, 49 tested positive and had significantly higher levels of virus in their airways compared to virus-stricken adults in intensive care units."I was surprised by the high levels of virus we found in children of all ages, especially in the first two days of infection," Dr. Lael Yonker, director...

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(CNN)The ads are everywhere - germicidal ultraviolet lights that can disinfect surfaces and perhaps help stop transmission of coronavirus. But how well do they work? Maybe not as well as people may think, the Food and Drug Administration says. Spotty, limited use Lamps that use ultraviolet light to kill germs can inactivate coronavirus, but they are not always safe and it's not clear how good a job they do at killing the virus, the FDA says on a newly posted advisory.   Ultraviolet light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum emitted by the sun and can be produced by light bulbs, also....

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In many places, people are wearing masks or cloth face coverings when they're in public because of coronavirus (COVID-19). It's an important way to help slow the spread of the virus. At first, it was mostly doctors, nurses, and others in health care settings who wore masks. But now, as other people wear them, more and more kids are seeing something they're not used to seeing. For them, it can be strange or a little scary, especially if they need to put on masks too. Most kids can feel comfortable seeing people in masks, as long as adults: Use simple words to explain why...

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With a majority of states and businesses mandating face coverings to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and more research emerging that supports wearing them, masks have become an essential commodity. Now, masks of all shapes and styles as well as other types of reusable coverings can be easily purchased online and in a number of stores nationwide. But the increased dependence on the coverings has sparked countless questions. Chief among them: How do I take care of my mask so it continues to be as effective as possible? We interviewed three medical experts to get their recommendations for what the general public...

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COVID-19, Hand Sanitizer, Personal Protection Equipment, PPE, Protection, Sanitizer -

There have been quite a few stories in the media lately about hand sanitizer. The FDA has been warning consumers as well as health care professionals about toxic hand sanitizer products on the market which are not safe for use. So what’s safe, and which type of sanitizer is best?  NO ALTERNATIVE FOR SOAP AND WATER  Before we dive into hand sanitizers, we must mention this first … there is no better alternative for cleaning your skin and preventing the spread of germs than good old-fashioned soap and water. However, we know that access to a sink isn’t always possible with our busy lifestyles, so hand sanitizer has become a favorite way to disinfect and clean our hands in places where...

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