Gear to Safely Make It Through a Pandemic Winter (2020)

Although a Harvard School of Public Health study—funded by the airline industry-backed Aviation Public Health Initiative—reported that in-cabin air filtration systems are effective enough to mitigate the risks of close passenger-to-passenger proximity, it relied on social distancing procedures during boarding and deplaning, and, crucially, it also relied on passengers wearing masks. But simply masking up on a plane doesn’t eliminate all risk. Aside from the time spent on the plane, your other big concerns are the crowded airport terminals and transportation used for the last leg of your journey once you land. If you don’t absolutely have to travel, don’t. Put your saved money aside and plan an awesome vacation for 2021 instead.

Vaccine News

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Vaccines have arrived. But certain folks are being prioritized, so most of the population will not be eligible to get a vaccination until 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said there will be enough vaccines for every adult to get one next year.

As far as payment, the CDC says, “Vaccine doses purchased with US taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.”

It’s common for vaccines to have mild side effects, including headache, muscle pain, chills, and fever, but that doesn’t mean you contracted Covid-19 from the shot. You may see malicious misinformation circulating that claims the vaccine contains a microchip or fetal tissue that will alter DNA. This is incorrect. The CDC has a section on its site that explores the common side effects and what to do about them.

Let’s Talk Humidifiers and Air Purifiers

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