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How New Mexico Controlled the Spread of COVID-19

How New Mexico Controlled the Spread of COVID-19

There is a joke in New Mexico that the rest of the country does not know the state is part of the U.S. This summer, as cases of COVID-19 surged in many parts of the nation, New Mexico really did seem to stand apart. While Arizona and Texas, its neighbors to the west and east, loosened activity and business restrictions and then experienced alarming increases in COVID-19 numbers, New Mexico kept a tighter grip on the spread of the contagion. To date, Arizona has had and nearly twice as many deaths as New Mexico has per 100,000 people. The latter state also has far fewer cases and deaths per...

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Uncertainty fuels anxiety, causing your mind to conjure up scary scenarios. The pandemic can magnify the angst.

Uncertainty fuels anxiety, causing your mind to conjure up scary scenarios. The pandemic can magnify the angst.

As it has become clear that the pandemic is here for the foreseeable future, we’re all : When can we venture out safely? Visit loved ones? Go to the doctor? Send children back to school? Return to the workplace? Pay our bills? Find a job?Feeling uncertain can provoke anxiety and other unhealthy effects, but at the same time, research shows that people are resilient and can learn to cope and even thrive in times of turmoil.Whether this prolonged period of uncertainty will leave lasting scars or provide an impetus to better adapt to unpredictable events depends in part on individual...

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Sep 12
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Contact Tracing, a Key Way to Slow COVID-19, Is Badly Underused by the U.S.

Contact Tracing, a Key Way to Slow COVID-19, Is Badly Underused by the U.S.

There is no coronavirus vaccine. Medications for COVID-19 are still being tested. Across the U.S., states that once acted as if the pandemic was going away are for infections, hospitalizations and deaths. There is one proved tool that has helped other countries stem the pandemic. But in the U.S. it is severely underused; the Trump administration tried to cut financing for it from the latest pandemic relief bill, . And it often meets resistance from the people it is intended to help. The tool is called contact tracing.The tracing approach is built on a simple idea: When someone tests...

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Antibody Tests Were Hailed As Way To End Lockdowns. Instead, They Cause Confusion.

Antibody Tests Were Hailed As Way To End Lockdowns. Instead, They Cause Confusion.

May 28, 2020Aspen was an early COVID-19 hot spot in Colorado, with a cluster of cases in March linked to tourists visiting for its world-famous skiing. Tests were in short supply, making it difficult to know how the virus was spreading.So in April, when the Pitkin County Public Health Department announced it had obtained 1,000 COVID-19 antibody tests that it would offer residents at no charge, it seemed like an exciting opportunity to evaluate the efforts underway to stop the spread of the virus.“This test will allow us to get the epidemiological data that we’ve been looking for,” director...

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