Wellness Wednesday: Halloween Safety During COVID-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists as “high risk” the traditional Halloween activity of collecting candy handed out door to door.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many central Ohio communities and parents to reimagine Beggar’s night festivities with a focus on prevention.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic preventing many Americans from traveling this year, the owner of a Grandview travel agency is optimistic things will turn around in 2021. That's in part because of new travel insurance specifically focused on COVID-19.

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a coronavirus press conference on September 15, 2020.
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Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday dismissed the idea of another statewide shutdown, even as Ohio sees its highest-ever surge of coronavirus cases – surpassing even the peaks of this spring and summer.

Updated Wednesday 10:25 a.m. ET

Coronavirus cases are rising precipitously in the U.S., and have now surpassed the high levels logged in the summer when daily new cases hovered above 65,000 on average for nearly two weeks.

After a dip in new cases in September, the country now is logging an average of nearly 72,000 new cases a day, and health experts worry this surge could last longer and grip more of the country than in the spring or summer. And the average daily case count has climbed 41% over the past two weeks, according to an NPR analysis.

Mayor Andrew Ginther at a press conference on October 26.
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With COVID-19 cases surging around Ohio, Columbus leaders are urging people to stay home and limit social gatherings. 

GCAC and CAPA paid local artists to paint murals over boarded-up windows at the Ohio Theatre.
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Small businesses, bars and restaurants, low-income renters, arts groups, and colleges and universities are among those eligible for $420 million in federal pandemic dollars being released by the state this week, Gov. Mike DeWine and his fellow Republican legislative leaders announced.

The Science Of Smell

Oct 26, 2020
A chef smells an ingredient.
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The human nose is a powerful tool that provides crucial information about the sea of scents that surround us.

Our sense of smell has taken on new importance during the pandemic, with temporary loss of olfactory sense being a common symptom of COVID-19.

President Donald Trump speaking to supporters in Circleville.
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Thousands of Trump supporters swelled the Pickaway County fairgrounds on a chilly Saturday, even as Ohio State held its first football game of the season. The president’s visit to Circleville was part of a last minute swing through four battleground states.

Universal mask wearing in public could greatly reduce the number of Americans who die by COVID-19 by February, a study published Friday in the journal Nature Medicine projects.

Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation made estimates based on some assumptions under different scenarios.

It's time to gather the family together for the talk. Not that talk — the talk about what to do for Thanksgiving this year as the pandemic rolls on.

It has been months since many of us have seen extended family — we're longing to check in on aging parents, to see old friends from back home, etc. But even though Thanksgiving often conjures up pictures of big happy reunions, how safe is it to make them a reality?

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day talks to his team during their practice Ohio Stadium on October 3, 2020.
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Ohio State finally kicks off the 2020 football season tomorrow. It’s a pandemic shortened season, but also one of high expectations for the Buckeyes.

Hamilton County hospital officials are worried about the rise in COVID-19 patients. The number of new cases is currently doubling every two weeks. Dr. Evaline Alessandrini with UC Health says right now, there are 250 people hospitalized in the region, the most ever.

 In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J.
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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who recently recovered from COVID-19 after a stay in a hospital intensive care unit, implored Ohioans yesterday to keep their guard up against the virus.

A stop sign on a school bus.
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the most effective way to bring down the current spike of COVID-19 in Ohio is for everyone to start taking social distancing more seriously. DeWine laid out what the stakes are if the virus continues to spread.

Joyce Chen had big plans for this year. She was working on multiple research projects with an eye on the prize: a promotion to full professor at Ohio State University.

That's when the coronavirus pandemic hit. It put the brakes on four years of hard work as an associate professor. And now she wonders if her promotion will happen as she had hoped for next year.