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February 06, 2021

Kids and ERs During COVID, and Is Your Tap Water Safe?
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Kids and ERs During COVID
The pandemic has changed many things. One troubling trend is that some parents wait longer before bringing their sick children to the emergency room. Michelle Macy, MD, Pediatric Emergency Care Specialist at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University, offers examples of the most common ER visits that were left untreated and why this is such a great concern.
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How Safe is Your Tap Water?
Is your tap water safe to drink?  It's common knowledge that chemicals are used to treat the your community’s water supply. But Carsten Prasse, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, found that the use of some of these chemicals, such as chlorine, can also lead to the formation of hundreds of unregulated toxic byproducts.
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Mask Messaging
A recent study suggests that without the right messaging, wearing masks could actually lead to more COVID-19 infections. Eline van den Broek-Altenburg, PhD, Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for Population Health Science at the University of Vermont, found that mask mandates often cause people to increase the number of daily contacts they have with other humans, which is a key risk factor driving transmission of the disease.
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