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Schaffner Report: Safely Navigating Outdoor Spaces During COVID-19

Summer is normally a time to enjoy the great outdoors. But in the era of COVID-19, is it safe to go to parks, beaches, pools, or other crowded places? What can individuals do to enjoy summer fun without contracting the novel coronavirus? NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO, Marla Dalton, CAE, about ways to reduce risk and enjoy outdoor summer activities in a COVID-19 environment…

Schaffner Report: Hepatitis Edition

NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO, Marla Dalton, CAE, about the differences between hepatitis A, B, and C and steps that individuals can take to help protect themselves

Celebrating Mother’s Day In The Time Of COVID-19

While it may not be possible this year to visit with family on Mother’s Day due to COVID-19 social distancing and travel restrictions, celebrations are still possible. Leaders at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) share their Mother’s Day wishes and plans…

#WashYourHands And Join The Fight Against Infectious Diseases

Held on May 5 each year, World Hand Hygiene Day is an annual observance that emphasizes the importance of handwashing in disease prevention. This year, May 5 has also been designated as  #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity organized as an emergency response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. NFID has compiled resources to encourage everyone to wash their hands to help #StopTheSpread of #COVID-19 and other infectious diseases…

#COVID-19 & Routine Vaccinations: What Parents Need To Know

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) highlights the importance of protecting children age 2 years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases. In the midst of the current #COVID-19 pandemic, keeping up with recommended vaccines can be challenging for parents and healthcare professionals alike. But we should not be so distracted by COVID-19 that we neglect our general health.

5 Things You May Not Know About Meningitis

Each year, World Meningitis Day highlights the importance of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and improving support for those dealing with the potentially devastating after-effects of this deadly disease.

ID News Round-Up: #COVID-19 Face Masks

Coronavirus has made face masks a popular conversation topic: How do face masks work? How do you make a face mask? When should you wear it? How should you clean it?

The Importance of Preparing for the Next Pandemic

As the US grapples with one of the worst public health crises of our lifetime, the consequences of years of underfunding US healthcare infrastructure and research and development are becoming all too clear. The infrastructure used for the COVID-19 response today is the same infrastructure that was built to address seasonal and pandemic influenza (flu) over the last two decades.

Schaffner Report: #COVID-19 Face Masks

Citing recent studies on asymptomatic transmission, CDC recommends that the general public wear cloth face coverings in public settings like grocery stores and pharmacies, where social distancing may be hard to maintain. NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD discusses the rationale for the updated guidance and what the public should know about wearing face masks…