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Five on Friday: "A CIViC DUTY"

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Five on Friday: "A CIViC DUTY"

Have you heard of A CIViC DUTY? No, not your civic duty to vote – although that important civic duty has been called "a public health emergency” recently in some virtual hallways. We’re referring to a new acronym that is being circulated to help people remember the recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19: Avoid Crowding, Indoors, low Ventilation, Close proximity, long Duration, Unmasked, Talking/singing/Yelling (“A CIViC DUTY”). Admittedly, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but we like that it emphasizes methods to reduce the aerosol transmission of COVID-19 in ways that aren’t perhaps sufficiently addressed in basic messaging around handwashing, six feet of separation, and masks. We love seeing the creative ways people are sharing important health messages. Please share with us the messages you’re using with your patients and clients. And on to Five on Friday, where we collect some of the articles and resources recommended by MCN staff. 


clinician testing someone for COVID-19

Amy sent around the alarming story from the New York Times, “CDC Now Says People Without Covid-19 Symptoms Do Not Need Testing.” MCNers chimed in to express concern and dismay about the decision, which downplays an important tool to keep essential workers safe after exposure to COVID-19.

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A person picks up free produce at outdoor event

Claire forwarded the announcement of a September 2nd webinar, “Reports from the Field: Harm of Public Charge During the COVID-19 Crisis.”

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CDC Natural Disasters webpage

Alma (in Massachusetts – longtime readers may already know that we are lucky to have two amazing people named Alma on staff) shared the new CDC webpage on Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19, available in English and Spanish.

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A woman and her child both wearing surgical masks

Kaethe recommended the Journal of Pediatrics article, “Pediatric SARS-CoV-2: Clinical Presentation, Infectivity, and Immune Responses.”

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An illustration from the dairy worker comic book

Weekly Win: Alma (in Massachusetts) shared the good news of the release of another great resource by our artist collaborator and friend Salvador Saenz, this one developed by Anna Meyerhoff, a bilingual educator for New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) and the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NEC): “Free comic book for dairy worker safety training:  Available for farms at no cost, online or in print, in Spanish and English.” 




Have a safe and healthy weekend.

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