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Fires are still raging along the West Coast and the health effects on those states’ residents are not lost on us. That is why we were happy to see that there is some push to make climate change a more prominent part in medical education. In addition, those fires are increasing the demand for N95 masks; luckily there are researchers figuring out how to increase the availability of this PPE.
We LOVE Halloween. So today we’re taking a small break from the serious and sharing our favorite ways to celebrate this frivolous holiday. Because we all need some light-hearted fun right now.Want to connect with other nurses about the serious and not-so-serious aspects of nursing life? Then check out Huddle. It’s the virtual nurses’ station made up of professionals like you.
The only news: The first reported case of flu + Covid-19
Just when 2020 couldn’t get scarier, the dreaded horror of a twindemic rears its head. A health care worker in Solano County, Calif., is recovering after being simultaneously infected with both influenza and the coronavirus. There isn’t much known about the patient except that they work in the healthcare industry, are between the ages of 20 and 65, and have no other comorbidities.
The patient became infected through contacts with friends and family members, not at work. The patient began having symptoms last week, tested positive over the weekend, and is now recovering in isolation, The New York Times reports.
For Solano County, the case reported Thursday was not just the first known co-infection, but also the first confirmed flu infection this season. And while it is unclear whether this is the first case of influenza and coronavirus co-infection in the United States, it may well not be the last, given the arrival of flu season during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Are you seeing more people being vaccinated for the flu this year? If you’re a school nurse, are your districts requiring the flu vaccine for all students this year?
Make your own ghouls’ goulash
In most of the country, the temperature outside has cooled, setting up perfect conditions for eating stew. This warm, satisfying dish is easy-to-make and easy-to-store. Choose any one of these 15 contenders for dinner tonight and leftovers through the week.
Halloween TV specials are the best kind of diversion
This year there will not be the channel-surfing surprise of landing upon “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” For the first time since its 1966 debut, the classic Halloween special will not air on network television. Instead, it is available for streaming on AppleTV Plus. So if you’re a Halloween TV special fan like we are, your viewing has to be planned. Here are our top recommendation for family-friendly Halloween viewing by streaming service:
Hocus Pocus — This campy Halloween movie is about a teenage boy who accidentally frees a coven of evil witches. With the help of a magical cat, the boy and his friends must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.
DreamWorks Spooky Stories I & II — Join characters from the movies, Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens, as they try to best ghost stories and fight off mutant vegetables, respectively.
Rocky’s Horror Picture Show — This late-night movie theater cult classic has found a home on Hulu. Another campy pick that we love. You’ll be singing the musical numbers all weekend.Of course, this is a (really) small sample, and there are other movies and shows that celebrate Halloween. Here is a guide to new shows for 2020.
ONE BIG NUMBER
How much Halloween candy and chocolate sales have increased over 2019, according to the National Confectioners Association.
In honor of Halloween, discover horror narration YouTuber, Corpse Husband (aka Corpse), who reads “true” horror stories in a deep, ominous voice.