Safety and Health Tips When Traveling For The Holidays

If you’re planning to travel for the holidays, experts say you should take extra precautions.

The CDC is not recommending travel but said if you do decide to visit loved ones, there are steps you can take for safer travel in airports.

“People can make sure that they wear their mask, wash their hands frequently, try to keep 6 feet apart from those and others,” Janet Hill, the chief operating officer of the Rock Island Co. Health Department said.

When it comes to gatherings, Hill said it’s important to know the risks.

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Shoveling Snow

Think About Health, Safety Before You Shovel

UTICA — For most, shoveling the driveway or the sidewalk is an inconvenient chore — and an unwelcome sign that winter has fully arrived.

However, for some, the American Heart Association warns, shoveling comes with a variety of risks, some minor and some major.

To help make snow removal safer, the American Heart Association and the federal Centers for Disease Control have compiled a list of practical tips:

Take frequent rest breaks during shoveling so you don’t overstress your heart;

Don’t eat a heavy meal prior or soon after shoveling. Eating a large meal can put an extra load on your heart;

Get a good shovel. Shovels come in all shapes and sizes with some specially designed erogonomic designs that are made to alleviate stress for those with back pain or other issues. Consider using a small shovel as the act of lifting heavy snow can raise your blood pressure.

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Disney Park

Disneyland Uses PSA to Show Commitment to Health and Safety

The ongoing pandemic has taken a huge toll on The Walt Disney Company, and if there is a park that has taken the biggest hit, it’s Disneyland Resort in California. Now, instead of fighting for its reopening, Disneyland seems to be taking a step back and promoting health and safety guidelines for the public — similar to what California Governor Gavin Newsom is advocating for.

Disneyland Resort — which encompasses Downtown Disney, Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and three onsite hotels — has been the only Disney Resort to not open its theme parks since March. With Downtown Disney being the only area open for Disneyland Resort Guests, the west coast has been a lot less magical lately. 

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Health and Safety Tips for a Happy and Safe Chanukah

Every Chanukah, emergency staff tend to far too many incidents of fires and injuries resulting from Chanukah candles being lit in dangerous locations or carelessly being left without supervision, as well as hundreds of emergencies relating to burns from either candles or hot oil spilling on children and adults alike.

Sadly, too many of these incidents have ended with people losing their lives and turning the holiday into a day of tragedy.

In an effort to bring public awareness to the dangers inherent in Chanukah, United Hatzalah has released a list of safety tips and warnings aimed at helping parents avoid the dangers and prevent the injuries from occurring.

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Like Teams, NBA Refs Have New Health, Safety Protocols

NBA referees will have to adhere to many of the same new health and safety protocols as coaches and players are this season, all part of the league’s plan to try to keep everyone safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Referees will be tested daily, just like players and coaches, and will have to comply with new league rules about avoiding bars, lounges, clubs, public gyms and many other indoor gathering spots. The league is also coming up with methods designed to reduce referee travel, some of which is still evolving.

“Obviously, we won’t be able to eliminate all travel,” said Monty McCutchen, an NBA vice president who oversees referee development and training. “As much as we would like to, that won’t be possible. But just like the league took into consideration many scheduling issues for the teams to significantly reduce travel, we’re going to look at as many possibilities on a one-year basis to reduce travel so we can effectively serve the game while still living in this pandemic.”

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Mental Health Group

How WELL Promotes Workplace Safety, Health, and Confidence

It is almost certain that more workers will return to commercial office buildings before the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is wholly defeated. With ongoing concerns about the current pandemic, we have experienced a heightened awareness of people’s health and safety in all buildings we enter. At the start of this pandemic, armed with expertise from past pandemic experiences and standards from the CDC, ASHRAE, and the WHO, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was ready. The organization quickly responded by creating the WELL Health-Safety Rating application and label for buildings.

The rating program focuses on 25 features for health and safety in buildings. Organizations can earn this designation by achieving compliance with 15 of the 25. This rating for buildings is flexible, scalable across varying building types, and easily applied across an extensive portfolio of properties.

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Managing Cold Stress

Workers in the oil and gas and electric utility industries frequently face flash fire, arc flash and heat stress hazards. But one hazard that may not be as talked about is cold stress. Cold stress occurs when skin temperature drops, lowering internal body temperatures and disabling the body’s ability to warm itself. It can lead to several medical conditions, including trench foot, chilblains, frostbite and hypothermia.

Warning signs of cold stress include:

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Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Poll: 1 in 3 Parents Pick Holiday Gathering Over COVID Safety

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As COVID-19 cases surge throughout the United States and the holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving on Thursday, families are faced with a challenging choice.

Do they skip family gatherings and the usual way they celebrate their traditions? Or do they risk bringing the novel coronavirus to their extended family of loved ones?

In a new nationwide poll of 1,443 parents, about one in three said the benefits of gathering with families for the holidays outweighed the risk of spreading the virus.

The annual C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health revealed that parents with at least one child aged 12 or under were wrestling with competing priorities.

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NSEA Files Petition to Require Schools to Follow Strict Health and Safety Criteria

Our state public education system is facing a crisis of historic proportion due to an unprecedented surge of COVID-19.

Between November 7 and November 13, on average, 124 patients with confirmed COVID-19 and 38 patients with suspected COVID-19 were reported as newly admitted each day to hospitals in Nebraska.  On November 17, the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued a report indicating Nebraska has 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population, which is the sixth highest infection rate in the country.  Nebraska is also in the red zone for test positivity, indicating a rate at or above 10.1 percent, with the fourth highest rate in the country.  Nebraska had 735 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 294 per 100,000.

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Getting Together on Thanksgiving? Here Are Some Ways To Play it Safe

Scott Harris’ family has already made a tough decision. They’re not going to have a get-together this Thanksgiving. It’s just too risky.

New COVID-19 cases had fallen after Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide mask mandate in July. For more than a month they stayed flat.

But in recent weeks Harris, the state’s health officer, has watched the numbers rise across Alabama and the nation. Montgomery’s new cases jumped from 832 in September to 1,417 in October, and they’re on pace to rise another 23% in November without factoring in the impact of Thanksgiving. Hospitalizations are up, as well.

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