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On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. Our life and lifestyle have been changed dramatically by the pandemic. You may ask yourself, what exactly is a pandemic? The word pandemic comes from the Greek words πᾶν, pan, "all" and δῆμος, demos, "people" therefore “all” “people” and means an epidemic of disease that has spread across multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substantial number of people.

What People With Bleeding Disorders
Should Know
Many of us are looking for new ways to stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s important to find an activity that works for you and your bleeding disorder. Join the co-author of NHF’s Playing it Safe, Angela Forsyth, PT, DPT of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy on Friday, May 15 th at 6:00 PM EST who will cover staying active and staying safe during this time.
MyBDC Transition
With new treatment methods and gene therapy on the horizon, we remain committed to serving the bleeding disorders community and all stakeholder groups. In keeping steadfast in our efforts to serve the entire bleeding disorders community, we are announcing that the community powered registry known as MyBDC will be transitioning to be known as the NHF's Community Voices in Research.

How to Clean Your Mask
With many states requiring face masks in places of business to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus, it’s important to know how to clean your mask so you can reuse it. This article also includes bonus information on the different types of cloth that are most effective for reducing transmission.

Summer Won't Stop the Coronavirus
Canadian researchers, in a study of 117 geopolitical areas affected by the coronavirus, found that increased temperature and humidity did not have much effect on the spread of the virus. However, they did find that physical distancing and limiting mass gatherings did have a positive effect on epidemic growth.

Staying Up to Date with Childhood Vaccines
Pediatricians are seeing a worrisome drop in childhood vaccines during the pandemic due to fears of exposing children to the coronavirus. However, some doctors are working to find new ways to deliver these important vaccines.

Doctors are Discovering More Ways COVID-19 Attacks the Body
The coronavirus isn’t just a respiratory illness. It can affect the brain, kidneys, nervous system, cause an inflammatory reaction and create blood clots.

FDA Approves At-Home Saliva Test
The test, developed at Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory, permits testing a saliva sample collected from the patient using a designated self-collection kit.

Health & Exercise
The YMCA has released a series of health and fitness videos under a variety of activity types, including yoga, kid’s activities, dance fitness, and more. 

Remember, you should always first discuss your physical condition with your health care professional or HTC before trying any new exercise or fitness routine.
Mental Health
Children may have a variety of reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic. This short video from Columbia University Irving Medical Center tackles some of the most common issues children (and parents) are facing during the pandemic.

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