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Seattle Times

Your COVID post-vaccine activities safety guide, including gyms, shopping, taking an Uber and more

Once two weeks have passed following a second COVID-19 vaccine dose (or one Johnson & Johnson dose), individuals are considered fully vaccinated. At that point , what activities are considered “safe” to resume? Meenakshi Bewtra of the Perelman School of Medicine says that for vaccinated people, activities that were once considered risky are safer, but advises people to proceed with caution in light of new variants, and to keep public health and safety at the forefront of daily activities by wearing a mask and maintaining social distance in public.

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CBS Philadelphia

Earth Week: New research links lung cancer to air pollution in Philadelphia

Air in the Philadelphia region is ranked as the 12th most polluted in the country by the American Lung Association. Toxins in the air, mainly from traffic and industry, are known to cause lung cancer. Trevor Penning, a pharmacology professor in the Perelman School of Medicine, developed hazard indices for 421 zip codes using satellite imagery for particulate matter and volatile organic compounds.

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The New York Times

The White House issues its first-ever proclamation on Black maternal health

Elizabeth Howell of the Perelman School of Medicine said that severe maternal morbidity, in which women experience severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, impacts more than 50,000 U.S. women each year. “Similar to maternal mortality, Black and brown women have elevated rates of maternal morbidity,” she said.

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The Guardian

Study reveals alarming trend in US death rates since 2000

Samuel Preston of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about rising mortality rates in the U.S. over the last two decades. Preston and his colleagues attribute the shift in part to this country’s lack of a universal health care system.

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Boston Globe

Biden, public health officials face crossroads on COVID-19

Aaron Richterman of the Perelman School of Medicine said promoting how effective COVID-19 vaccines actually are would help convince more people to get vaccinated. “Nothing is ever 100 percent, but these are as effective as any vaccine that’s ever been tested,” he said. “That’s how I would frame that.”

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Al Día

Dr. Antonia Villarruel to chair national committee tackling U.S. health disparities

Dean Antonia Villarruel of the School of Nursing is the newest chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health program. “The Culture of Health Program is well-positioned to build and strengthen the evidence base to address structural racism. This work will be accomplished together with communities and the multiple private- and public-sectors that intersect to promote health,” she said.

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