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How Covid-19 could usher in a new role for continuous glucose monitoring in hospitals

STATNews
February 24, 2021
In early May, a wing of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center was eerily empty. The space had been cleared of patients as the pandemic raged. But it wasn’t going to waste.

Inside, a group of nurse practitioners were playing a game of digital tag. Lauren Chrzanowski, who has type 1 diabetes, was wearing a continuous glucose monitor, an implant with a transmitter that sends real-time glucose measurements to a dedicated receiver — when they’re close enough, anyway. On that day, she was trying to figure out just how far away her CGM could be from its receiver and still work.

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Music therapy brings solace to COVID-19 patients and healers

NPR
February 13, 2021
Tom Sweitzer knows firsthand how social isolation and loneliness are real side effects of living through a pandemic — just as mental health professionals have warned. After he tested positive for the coronavirus last July and recovered from the worst of his initial symptoms, Sweitzer joined a COVID-19 support group on Facebook to help him deal with the condition’s lingering effects.

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An in-depth look at COVID-19 vaccine questions: Effects of the shot

Carolina Public Press
February 13, 2021
As more people are receiving COVID-19 vaccines, we take a look at common misconceptions about the effects of the shot.

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5 Hacks And Tips To Make Your Face Mask More Protective

NPR
February 3, 2021
It’s time to up your mask game.

With new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., and transmission levels still very high in many places, some public health experts recommend that Americans upgrade from the basic cloth masks that many have been wearing during the pandemic.

“A cloth mask might be 50% effective at blocking viruses and aerosols,” says Linsey Marr, a researcher at Virginia Tech who studies airborne virus transmission. “We’re at the point now ... that we need better than 50%.”

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