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How Are Colleges Staying Safe During COVID-19?

Staying safe during COVID-19 is no small task. Employers and schools have had to make major changes to protect their employees, students, and communities. Those challenges are hard enough, but what about colleges and universities that hundreds of thousands of students depend on? College students can’t just put their studies on hold until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, but how are they being protected when they return to class? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question, but let’s discuss some of the most important aspects of safety at college in 2020. 

COVID-19 Testing and Screening

Colleges should have COVID-19 testing options available to their students and staff. Some colleges are also utilizing other screening methods, such as temperature checks, before attending classes. If students are living on campus, they may be asked to get a COVID-19 antibody test before moving in. Antibody testing shows that you were previously exposed and have developed an “immunity” to COVID-19, although it’s unclear how long that immunity lasts. 

Backup Plans

All colleges should be prepared for last minute changes and have a backup plan for their students and staff to follow in the event of an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the area. Backup plans should include distance learning, closing on-campus housing, and smaller class sizes. If a college is not already requiring the use of masks on campus, they may need to in the future. 

Increased Cleaning Efforts

The cleaning and sanitization efforts have been increased at college campuses across the US. High-touch surfaces and common areas need to be sanitized multiple times per day and lecture halls/classrooms should be cleaned between each group of students. The amount of sanitization will come at an added cost to the colleges, but it’s an essential part of protecting their students and staff members. Cleaning efforts should extend to on-campus housing, restaurants, and transportation. 

Before returning to college, contact the school to get a detailed list of what they’re doing to stay safe during COVID-19. If you are considered a high-risk individual, utilizing distance learning may be the safest option for you. Remember to wash your hands, wear a mask, socially distance, and stay informed on COVID-19 cases at your college campus. If COVID-19 testing isn’t available on-campus, find an urgent care center near you and get tested whenever you feel the need! 

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Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Mountains of snow covering sidewalks and driveways force many people out of their homes each winter. For a lot of those people, they’ve been leading a sedentary lifestyle until the snow can’t be ignored anymore. Then, it’s time to pick up a shovel. Shoveling snow is a strenuous and tiring activity, but did you know it comes with some serious health risks too? 

Snow Shoveling Risks 

Snow shoveling poses multiple risks. First, there’s a risk of injury. Injury can occur while shoveling snow due to falling, improper lifting technique, overexertion, and more. The most common snow shoveling related injuries include muscle strains, back injury, head injury, and bone fractures. In addition to those acute injuries, shoveling snow causes a high number of heart attacks each year. Those suffering from a chronic health condition or with a history of heart disease are at a higher risk for heart attack. 

Safety Tips 

Stay safe while shoveling by following these tips!

  • Don’t shovel immediately after consuming caffeine or nicotine – this increases your risk of heart attack when combined with colder temperatures. 
  • Don’t overexert yourself – stop shoveling when you’re tired
  • Take your time
  • Stretch before shoveling
  • Remember to push snow with the shovel, don’t lift it 
  • Spread rock salt or kitty litter to provide traction while you shovel 
  • Don’t shovel at all if you have a history of heart disease. Your risk is too high – ask for health from a friend or neighbor. 
  • Know the signs of a heart attack – common signs of heart attack include chest pressure or tightness, shortness of breath, pain in the left arm or shoulder, sweating, and more. 

If an injury does occur, visit your local urgent care center right away for treatment. If you suffer a hard fall and are unsure if you’re injured or not, it’s always best to go get checked out! If you believe you may be having a heart attack, call 911 right away. 

How Can Urgent Care Help? 

When you’re suffering from a chronic health condition that could lead to a heart attack, getting regular medical care is important. Visit your local urgent care to address any preventative care needs you may have and to assess your current health status. If you suffer an injury or illness that is non-life-threatening, urgent care can help! Don’t forget to bring a list of all current medications and inform our urgent care staff of your entire medical history so we’re able to treat you in the best way possible. 

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How to Create Healthier Family Holiday Traditions!

Family holiday traditions are the best part of this time of year. Traditions bring people together, make you feel nostalgic, and offers a break from the stress of normal day-to-day life. Unfortunately, many holiday traditions that families share aren’t so healthy. We want to help change that this year! Check out these tips and suggestions to make your holiday traditions a little healthier. 

Being Healthy Doesn’t Mean Giving Up Fun

It’s important to note that creating healthy traditions doesn’t mean giving up the family fun. In fact, some healthy traditions are even more fun than the unhealthy alternatives! You’ve just got to go into it with an open mind, ready to have fun. Encourage your family members to do the same. If parents talk about new traditions like they’ll be fun, kids are sure to follow suit!

New Healthy Holiday Traditions to Try

If you’re in need of healthy holiday tradition ideas, give one of these a try!

  • Outdoor winter fun – you may think cold weather forces you to stay inside, but that isn’t the case. Try a fun winter outdoor activity to get everyone up and moving. Snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, and even building a snowman are some great things to try. 
  • Try New Recipes – trying a new recipe together is a great way to get everyone together, bonding in one room of the home. Find some healthy recipes to replace your traditional ones and give them a shot. If your kids love making Christmas cookies, they’ll still love it even if the recipe is a little more health conscious! 
  • Caroling – caroling is an old-fashioned holiday tradition that’s making a comeback. It’s a great way to get out of the house and out of your comfort zone all at the same time! If you’re nervous, try to find a local caroling group that you can join in with until you get the hang of it. 
  • Read Christmas stories – instead of just watching Christmas movies, encourage your children to read Christmas stories with you as a family. Take them out to buy a few new books and watch them fall in love with the holiday spirit on the pages! 

How Can Centennial Medical help?

For more tips and advice on creating healthier holiday traditions for the whole family, visit our walk-in clinic! Our staff members are people with families just like you, so they know first hand how hard it can be to make healthy changes. We’re willing to answer any questions you may have and help to get the entire family on board!

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