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COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/14/2021 - 07:00
Healthcare personnel who are pregnant or breastfeeding may get vaccinated for COVID-19, but there are many considerations that go into that decision.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/14/2021 - 07:00
The CDC recommends essential workers be included among those offered the first supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Additional COVID-19 Guidance for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia in Community Settings

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/14/2021 - 07:00
People caring for loved ones with dementia can take steps to prevent illness and stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Long working hours increasing deaths from heart disease and stroke: WHO, ILO

WHO news - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 14:24

Long working hours led to 745 000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016, a 29 per cent increase since 2000, according to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization published in Environment International today.  

In a first global analysis of the loss of life and health associated with working long hours, WHO and ILO estimate that, in 2016, 398 000 people died from stroke and 347 000 from heart disease as a result of having worked at least 55 hours a week. Between 2000 and 2016, the number of deaths from heart disease due to working long hours increased by 42%, and from stroke by 19%.

This work-related disease burden is particularly significant in men (72% of deaths occurred among males), people living in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia regions, and middle-aged or older workers. Most of the deaths recorded were among people dying aged 60-79 years, who had worked for 55 hours or more per week between the ages of 45 and 74 years.

With working long hours now known to be responsible for about one-third of the total estimated work-related burden of disease, it is established as the risk factor with the largest occupational disease burden. This shifts thinking towards a relatively new and more psychosocial occupational risk factor to human health.

The study concludes that working 55 or more hours per week is associated with an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease, compared to working 35-40 hours a week.

Further, the number of people working long hours is increasing, and currently stands at 9% of the total population globally.  This trend puts even more people at risk of work-related disability and early death.

The new analysis comes as the COVID-19 pandemic shines a spotlight on managing working hours; the pandemic is accelerating developments that could feed the trend towards increased working time.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the way many people work,“ said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. "Teleworking has become the norm in many industries, often blurring the boundaries between home and work. In addition, many businesses have been forced to scale back or shut down operations to save money, and people who are still on the payroll end up working longer hours. No job is worth the risk of stroke or heart disease. Governments, employers and workers need to work together to agree on limits to protect the health of workers.”

“Working 55 hours or more per week is a serious health hazard,” added Dr Maria Neira, Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, at the World Health Organization. “It’s time that we all, governments, employers, and employees wake up to the fact that long working hours can lead to premature death”.

Governments, employers and workers can take the following actions to protect workers’ health:   

  • governments can introduce, implement and enforce laws, regulations and policies that ban mandatory overtime and ensure maximum limits on working time;
  • bipartite or collective bargaining agreements between employers and workers’ associations can arrange working time to be more flexible, while at the same time agreeing on a maximum number of working hours;
  • employees could share working hours to ensure that numbers of hours worked do not climb above 55 or more per week.   


 

Note for editors:

Two systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the latest evidence were conducted for this study. Data from 37 studies on ischemic heart disease covering more than 768 000 participants and 22 studies on stroke covering more than 839 000 participants were synthesized. The study covered global, regional and national levels, and was based on data from more than 2300 surveys collected in 154 countries from 1970-2018.

Underlying Medical Conditions Associated with High Risk for Severe COVID-19: Information for Healthcare Providers

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
Guidance for clinical healthcare workers on clinical care for patients with underlying medical conditions who are diagnosed with COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Resources for Teachers and Staff

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
COVID 19 classroom setup for schools and childcare programs
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

People with Certain Medical Conditions

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
People of Any Age with Underlying Medical Conditions
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Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 during Pregnancy

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
CDC is supporting multiple efforts to better understand the impact of COVID-19 during pregnancy on both the mother and infant. Data collected as part of these efforts can help direct public health action and inform clinical guidance for the care of affected pregnant women and their infants.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Interim Guidance for Rapid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
Proper interpretation of antigen test results is important for accurate clinical management of patients with suspected COVID-19. This guidance can help healthcare providers make the most effective use of antigen tests in different situations.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Toolkit for Pregnant People and New Parents

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
Resources and tools to help pregnant people, breastfeeding women and new parents caring for infants to protect their health and help people who serve these communities communicate with them.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
Pregnant people need to take steps to protect themselves and stay healthy during the COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Breastfeeding and Caring for Newborns

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
We do not have information from published scientific reports about the susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Cruise Ship Color and Commercial Travel Status

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
This webpage describes the criteria for and status of cruise ship response plans required for crew disembarkation with commercial travel.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Safe Watering Points During COVID-19

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
Learn how to set up safe watering points during COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

ECDC Director discusses agency’s mandate on “European Health Union Now!” podcast

ECDC - News - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 15:00
In the latest episode of the “European Health Union Now!” podcast, ECDC Director Andrea Ammon discusses a strengthened and potentially extended mandate for ECDC with Dorli-Kahr Gottlieb, Secretary General of the European Health Forum Gastein.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

Science Brief: Evidence used to update the list of underlying medical conditions that increase a person's risk of severe illness from COVID-19

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:00
Supporting evidence for CDC's list of underlying medical conditions that put individuals at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Customizable COVID-19 Vaccine Content for Community-Based Organizations

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:00
Customizable content, including newsletters, for community-based organizations to promote COVID-19 vaccinations
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:00
Until more information becomes available, precautions should be taken in handling specimens that are suspected or confirmed for SARS-CoV-2.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Youth Sports Program FAQs

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:00
Answers to frequently asked questions about how to play sports safely during COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Running Essential Errands

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:00
As communities across the United States take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how to meet basic household needs, such as buying groceries and medicine, and completing banking activities. The following information provides advice about how to meet these household needs in a safe and healthy manner.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

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