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COVID-19 restrictions likely kept kids out of swim class, putting them at risk

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Fewer kids took swimming lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic which has put them at risk, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. As families return to community pools and warm-weather activities, CPSC officials are urging parents to take water safety seriously. “As we enter the summer months, parents and caregivers must be mindful of the pandemic’s impact on their children’s swimming ability and water safety skills,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler. “With fewer children attending swimming lessons during the past year, it is critical to refresh...

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Health Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19

How we work, raise our families, and go out in public, in 2020 our way of life changed—and clinical psychologists at Lee Health say, those changes have taken a toll on our mental health. “The pandemic posed a different kind of stress that we were not expecting or even prepared for,” said Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo, a clinical psychologist with Lee Health. Stress that doctors say triggered things like anxiety, depression, isolation, and fear. “The fear of the unknown is always a big thing so this presented a huge component about the fear of the unknown and what was going to happen,” said Dr....

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Florida Department of Health will no longer release daily COVID-19 data

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health will no longer release daily COVID-19 data. State officials said Florida is transitioning into the next phase of the COVID-19 response. As more people get vaccinated and new case positivity rate decreases, FDOH has moved to a weekly reporting schedule for key COVID-19 data. More than 10.3 million Floridians have been vaccinated, which accounts for more than half of the state’s population, officials said. Eighty-five percent of Florida’s seniors have also been vaccinated. Health officials said Florida’s case positivity...

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Orlando International Airport welcomes first transatlantic flight since pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)– Florida’s busiest airport has started offering transatlantic flights again for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. A flight from Frankfurt, Germany was set to land at the Orlando International Airport on Wednesday evening. The trip will mark a return to normal travel, officials said. “It is a milestone for us here at Orlando International Airport,” said Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. The post Orlando International Airport welcomes first transatlantic flight since pandemic appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-...

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Health Matters: How is COVID-19 Impacting your Mental Health

From isolation to anxiety, health experts at Lee Health say since the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve seen an increase in patients needing mental health care. “We have seen patients who before never had difficulties with mental health start to have difficulties. We have seen people who had mental health and this has made it worse,” said Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo, a clinical psychologist with Lee Health. Dr. Hidalgo has worked with patients on feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation, fear, loss, and substance abuse. “Missing family members, missing seeing friends, missing their coworkers. We...

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Moderna asking for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine

WASHINGTON / CNBC — Moderna officials asked the Food and Drug Administration to fully approve it’s coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, making it the second drugmaker in the U.S. to do so. If approved, Moderna would be able to market their vaccine directly to consumers. The mRNA vaccine is currently on the U.S. market under an emergency use authorization, which was granted by the FDA in December. It gives conditional approval based on two months of safety data. It’s not the same as a biologics license application, or a request for full approval, which requires at least six months of data....

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Attention shoppers: Costco is bringing back free samples

CNN – Nothing enforces a return to normalcy like free samples. Costco is set to begin “a phased return to full sampling” early next month after a 14-month hiatus, the warehouse chain announced. Roughly 170 US locations will bring back food samples in the first week of June with “most of the remaining locations” returning toward the end of June, said Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti on Thursday’s earning call. Sampling protocol will be adjusted for COVID-19 safety, including the samples being prepared behind plexiglass, made in smaller batches...

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Half of Americans now fully vaccinated against COVID-19

(CNN) – The US has hit a new milestone Tuesday with 50% of adults becoming fully vaccinated against COVID-19, CDC reports Over 131 million Americans have been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday morning. “This is a major milestone in our country’s vaccination efforts,” White House Senior COVID-19 Advisor Andy Slavitt said during a White House briefing, noting only 1% of Americans were vaccinated when President Joe Biden entered office in January. Earlier this month, Biden said he wanted 160 million US adults fully vaccinated by July 4. The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 was...

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Dogs might be able to sniff out COVID-19 infections, early research suggests

CNN – Dogs might be able to lend a helping paw in the fight against COVID-19, according to a new study published on Sunday. Scientist with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Durham University and the group Medical Detection Dogs finished Phase 1 of a trial examining if dogs can smell and identify a COVID-19 infection under controlled conditions. Six dogs participated in the study, ranging in ages from four to six years old. The group included Labrador, Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel breeds. Researchers said the dogs were able to pick up the scent of...

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Fort Myers woman on oxygen hopeful after months-long COVID battle

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Debbie Steele is a happy, COVID-free woman. On Friday, she dropped off cupcakes for her favorite people at Select Specialty Hospital. “I was here for 2.5 months fighting COVID,” Steele said. The 63-year-old’s battle with COVID-19 started in February when she found herself in Lee Memorial’s ICU. “I was sitting there and they swabbed my nose and told me I had COVID. The minute I laid down is when I started to flatline,” she said. In that moment, she said saw her family and her life flash before her eyes. “I already beat cancer. I’m not going to...

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