Save “cold for summer” food to avoid disease
One of the best things about summer is finally enjoying the warm weather outside. Barbecue and backyard picnics just for you and your household can be a great way to get out while staying safe.
And while eating out with friends has become popular lately because people are trying to minimize the risk of corona virus, rising temperatures can carry food safety risks.
When the weather is warm, it’s more important to make sure your food is safe by keeping it “cold for the summer.”
The US Department of Agriculture offers the following tips for maintaining your food safety.
Normally, rotten foods can be left behind only two hours before they need to be cooled or thrown away. It keeps your food from being in the “danger zone” for too long; germs that cause foodborne diseases can grow quickly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees F. In summer, hot and humid weather creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow faster. When the outside temperature is above 90 degrees, food is only safe outside for one hour. If you plan to spend hours in the sun, then follow these tips to keep your food “cool for the summer.”
Cool Tip No. 1: Bring cold (source).
When you serve food outside, an additional cold source is a must to keep everything cold. Pack the cooler with an ice bag, gel wrap or even a frozen water bottle to keep your food cool and safe for as long as possible. Keep the appliance thermometer in your cooler to ensure your food stays below 40 ° F during all your summer fun.
Cool Tip No. 2: Pack tightly.
A full cooler will make your perishable food cold and safe for more than half. Stock up on your cooler before you go outside so you can keep everything at a safe temperature throughout the day. If you don’t fill the cooler with food, fill the rest with extra ice. You can also package food when it is frozen to keep the cool temperatures good for your snacks, even when it’s hot outside.
Cool Tip No. 3: Open and close quickly.
When you have fun in the sun, you might want a nice cool drink to stay cool. Because beverage coolers tend to be opened more often, store your drinks in a cooler separate from perishable foods. For snacks, just bring out what you need at a time, and keep the rest cool for later. And never leave your cooler open for long!
Cool Tip No. 4: When in doubt, just throw it away.
The last thing you want to bring from outside is a case of foodborne illness. If your food has been out for a while, it might not be safe to repack it and eat it later. Don’t hesitate to throw away food that has been left for too long. Store the cooler in the shade to keep it cool and keep food cool.
Cool Tip No. 5: Also remember shopping and food delivery.
Don’t forget to keep your groceries and food delivery cold during warm weather. If you go to the store, bring a cold or cold storage bag with a cold source to keep your food safe until you get home. If you get groceries or food packages, track their progress so you can bring them in immediately. Make sure the temperature of your perishable food is below 40 degrees with a thermometer, then put it in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible.
Washing hands without running water
Now, we have all heard many times that washing hands with soap and water is an effective way to get rid of germs, including those that cause foodborne illness.
We recommend washing your hands often, especially before and after handling food. This advice is easy to follow when we have access to clean running water. But how do you wash your hands if clean, running water is not affordable?
Fortunately, good hand hygiene can be carried out in an environment without running water. Here are three tips to make sure your hands stay clean if water is inaccessible:
1. Think ahead. Bring bottled water, soap, paper towels, hand sanitizers or disposable wet towels for outings if they are clean, running water is not accessible at your destination. Use clean soap and bottled water if possible to wash hands, especially before and after handling food. If you don’t have soap and water on your hands, use a wet towel or hand sanitizer.
2. Use alcohol-based cleaners. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using hand sanitizers containing at least 60 percent alcohol. You can find out if your cleanser contains at least 60 percent alcohol by looking at the product label. To use hand sanitizer properly, apply the gel product to the palm of one hand, rub your hands together to make sure the gel covers all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This will take around 20 seconds. Do not clean or rinse the hand sanitizer before drying.
Know the limits. Sanitizers may not be as effective when hands look dirty or oily. This may occur after working with food, doing yard work or gardening. If possible, clean the dirt or oil from your hands with a clean paper towel and then use a cleanser.
3. Use approved products. When cleaning your hands, obey products that are commercially produced and FDA approved. Although hand sanitizers may be difficult to find during COVID-19 public health emergencies, the CDC and FDA do not recommend that individuals make their own hand sanitizers. If made incorrectly, hand sanitizers can be ineffective, or not safe. For example, there are reports of skin burns from homemade hand sanitizers. The FDA helps increase the availability of hand sanitizers by working with companies and pharmacies to overcome supply shortages.
If you have access to clean water and soap, remember these simple steps to wash your hands effectively:
1. Wet your hands with clean, warm running water, turn off the tap and apply soap.
2. Lathering hands by rubbing with soap. Make sure to lather the back of your hand, between your fingers and under the nail.
3. Rub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
4. Rinse hands well under warm, warm running water.
5. Hand dry using a clean towel or paper towel.
A recent USDA study has found that people wash their hands incorrectly up to 99 percent of the time, most often not rubbing them long enough, but also not washing their hands often enough.
Whether using soap and water, disposable tissues or hand sanitizers, the good news is that it is possible to apply good hand hygiene in all situations to keep uninvited germs protected.
If you have questions about proper hand washing or food safety, contact the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to food safety experts or chat directly at ask.usda.gov from 10 am – 6 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. You can also find information at makananafety.gov and follow FSIS on Twitter @USDAFoodSafety or on Facebook at Facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov.
Business owners across California are anxiously awaiting Thursday’s new guidelines from Governor Gavin Newsom, which will outline broad changes to home stay orders across the state that close most retail stores to slow the spread of the corona virus.
Newsom is expected to allow businesses such as clothing stores, flower shops, bookstores and sporting goods stores to open their doors for the first time in almost two months, with some restrictions. The governor said the order would not cover other close contact businesses, such as eating in restaurants and hair salons. However, he also said some local governments could accept variants.
Guidelines for Reopening the White House Leave Room for Interpretation
For countries considering raising quarantine measures, official guidelines recommend a COVID-19 trajectory down in two weeks or a downward trajectory of a positive test as a percentage of the total test.
As shown below, when you compare the number of new cases yesterday with those from two weeks ago, the numbers are often lower, simply because the numbers fluctuate. Criteria has been criticized by some for being unclear, creating opportunities for any governor to argue that the numbers are good enough to start reopening.
Since home stay orders were issued on March 19, more than 4 million people have been removed from work in the most populous state.
The guidelines are part of Newsom’s four-step plan to reopen the country. Thursday will be phase two. The next phase, which can reopen salons, gymnasiums, cinemas and private church services, can be in a few months. Phase four will end all barriers and allow large meetings at concerts and sporting events.
The Newsom administration is tracking six indicators to determine when to reduce restrictions. They include the ability of the state to test people for COVID-19 and track who might be exposed to it and the capacity of hospitals to deal with potential spikes in new cases.
So far, Newsom said the country was on track to fulfill its objectives.
How Long Until Coronavirus Will Cause Use Of Top Hospitals Across The Country
This interactive chart uses the data model provided by Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation to predict how coronavirus will affect health care resources in various countries. The maximum use of hospital beds in some states, such as New York, has passed while in others stay a few more weeks. Most states have enough public hospitals and ICU beds to meet demand, according to additional data from The Associated Press.
Newsom’s orders have been universally accepted today.
But three northern California states with few confirmed COVID-19 cases have allowed businesses to reopen. Tiny Modoc County allowed the only cinema to open its doors. Yuba and Sutter districts allowed in-store shopping and restarted fitness centers and fitness studios, salons, spas and tattoo rooms, libraries and playgrounds.
General Manager of Yuba Sutter Mall Natasha Shelton said about 18 of about 50 stores were open Wednesday and an estimated 200 people were inside during the day. Mall has reduced hours to allow for additional overnight cleaning. Tables in the food court are 6 feet apart and food trays are prohibited.
Newsom has cracked down on rogue counties before, ordering the temporary closure of all beaches in Orange County after several local governments refused to close it or impose public health restrictions. He lifted several orders after negotiating with the local government.
In Los Angeles, regional official outlining a plan that allows some reopening starting Friday, provided safety precautions are taken. Golfers can find the link again, and the trail will open with regional employees ready to remind pedestrians of the rules of social distance, said Chair of the Board of Trustees Kathryn Barger.
Some retailers in Los Angeles County can reopen with only roadside pickups – including florists and stores that sell toys, books, clothing, sporting goods and music. The district, the largest state with 10 million inhabitants, has caused more than half more than 2,500 deaths from the California virus.
California is no. 1 destination for travelers in the United States and coronavirus has ill status. Angie Crouch reports on NBC4 News at 5 pm on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
For most people, new coronaviruses cause mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that go away in two to three weeks. For some people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, can cause more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
LAHORE: Director General of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore on Wednesday handed over checks of more than Rs111 million to representatives of the provincial government.
The amount has been recovered by the Lahore Regional Corruption Office through holding Plea Bargain (PB) in various corruption scandals – corruption cases of the Punjab Sports Council, officials of the Lahore Development Authority and other cases of release of fake plot files, etc., Punjab Power Development Company (PPDC ) Case, Case of the Gujranwala Development Authority (GDA), Bethel Leaving Scam of embezzlement of import duties and fraud of the State Life Insurance Company (SLIC).
On this occasion, NAB Directorate General Lahore stated that the policy adopted by the Chairman of the NAB, Judge Javed Iqbal (Retd) had begun to obtain useful results because the recovery process in corruption cases had worsened. He claimed that over the past two years, NAB had directly and indirectly recovered Rs178 billion from bad elements and the same thing had been included in the national treasurer. He observed that corrupt elements were not suitable for relaxation.
NAB will make cases where it is deemed necessary, whereas, the bureau will not leave business needs behind for the purpose of recovering looted money. He said that according to instructions from the NAB chairman, the Lahore Regional Chapter had struggled to bring all the massive corruption scandals to their logical goals without causing delay.
Glenda Johnson sat on her mother’s hospital bed, took her hand and told her that she could leave.
But Linda Hopkins, her face tense with pain due to coronavirus-related pneumonia, was not ready.
“I don’t want to die,” Linda, 83, answered, the tube putting oxygen into her nostrils, then her daughter remembered. “Very painful.”
Both of them had a beautiful life in Detroit, as close as a mother and child, NBC News report. They live together, travel together, shop together, worship together, party together. When the two of them fell ill at the end of March, they drove together to Beaumont Hospital near Royal Oak, where they tested positive COVID-19. They ended up in the same room, where they fought the disease together. Glenda, Linda’s only child, watched her mother’s last moments.
“I have no husband, no children, no brothers and sisters. My mother is the only one I have in the world,” Glenda said in a recent interview. “Now my heart is broken.”
Read the full story at NBCNews.com
KARACHI – Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda on Saturday urged all PTI MPAs and MNAs from Karachi to join hands in ongoing relief work in Megapolis, significantly affected because of the cessation of COVID-19’s relationship with economic activity.
Addressing a press conference and sharing in detail the work of the distribution of rations carried out by him in the City of Baldia and other low-income areas that are mostly inhabited by daily wage earners, he said caring for people and families affected by the current crisis was the same responsibility of all they are chosen by the masses. “This and must go beyond any party’s differences,” the minister said.
“Unfortunately the leaders and ministers of the ruling party in the province have proven themselves to be masters of their own interests,” the federal minister said.
Responding to some recent statements from provincial ministers about the Ehsaas Cash Assistance Program, he said they might not know that cash support from Rs 12000 for every eligible family registered was being disbursed throughout Sindh including the cities of Larkana and Sukkur.
“They felt uneasy and insecure because of the performance of the PTI government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan and quickly realized that the masses could understand the factual situation,” Vawda said.
He on that occasion also reminded that during the distribution of ration bags and relief items by him and other party colleagues, the same attention to compliance with the SOP and that the dignity of the recipient was also not compromised in any way.
With strong exceptions at a series of press briefings and meetings held, regularly, by PPP leaders at various levels, he questioned on what basis they were asking for funds to support aid and rehabilitation of people, income-generating units and strengthening health facilities in the face of a global pandemic.
“Wanting to know what they are even in normal conditions is made of Larkana and Nawabshah as well as other parts of the province in terms of basic civil facilities that they will be able to achieve in difficult times at this time,” he said.
Regarding the allegations made by provincial government representatives about the lack of support and funds to streamline the protection of doctors, nurses and paramedics through the ready availability of Personal Protection Equipment and other related materials, Vawda asked what they might do from the assistance that was given to them. by the federal government.
“They go through false and baseless statements that they expose themselves because people do not forget that there are sometimes only zero or very few vaccine stocks available to help dog bite victims leave many dead,” the minister said.
LAHORE: The World Health Organization will join hands with the Punjab Health Commission (PHC) in implementing the latest minimum service delivery standards (MSDS) which aim to ensure patient safety and improve the quality of health service delivery.
It was decided at a meeting held here on Wednesday. At the meeting, the visiting WHO delegation was given detailed directions on MSDS and its implementation in all types of health care institutions (HCE) in all provinces.
The PHC team consists of Director of Licensing and Accreditation Dr. Muhammad Anwar Janjua, Complaints Director Prof. Riaz A. Tasneem, Additional Director (Clinical Governance) Dr. Majid Latif and other officers. The nine-member WHO delegation included Dr. Mathew Nielson, Dr. Donna Forsyth, Dr. Zulfiqar Khan, Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed, Dr. Samia Al-Barwani and Dr. Bassem Zayed.
The two agencies also agreed to work together to improve other areas of the health sector. The WHO delegation was briefed on the PHC regulatory framework being implemented, its work mandate, and its success in this regard.
The delegation was informed that PHC had registered around 57,000 and licensed more than 41,000 private and public sector HCEs, where MSDS was implemented; therefore it covers issues related to patient safety and the improvement of health service delivery.
Regarding anti-shamanism efforts from the Puskesmas, the delegation was informed that the Commission had sealed more than 21,000 shaman businesses in a follow-up campaign to eliminate the threat. They were also briefed on the workings of the PHC Complaints Directorate.
access to quality health services approved: The National Economic Council (ECNEC) Executive Committee approved Thursday the Punjab Human Capital Investment Project (PHCIP).
The online meeting was attended by the Secretary of the P & D Board, Imran Sikandar Baloch, Dr. Shahinshah Faisal Azim, Chief Executive, the Punjab Social Protection Authority and Dr. Lubna Nazir, Director of the HCIP Project.
The main objective of PHCIP is to improve access to quality health services, economic and social inclusion of poor and vulnerable households in selected districts in Punjab through a life cycle approach. This 5-year project will bring qualitative and quantitative improvements in the Punjab Human Development Index (HDI) and related indicators. The project aims to improve access to quality health services, economic and social inclusion of vulnerable groups.
The total project cost is US $ 330 million which includes IBRD / IDA US $ 200 million / ¥ 21,428 billion / Rs 32.00 billion and donations in the form of US $ 130 million as a matching fund by the Punjab government which is only a notional reflection of budget allocation 5 year in the project related sector. The project will be launched in stages in 11 main districts selected based on various dimensions of poverty (education, health, living conditions, etc.).
Teachers’ concerns: The Association of Teaching Staff of the University of Engineering & Technology (UET-TSA) which expressed concern over the financial crisis faced by universities has demanded the Punjab government return one billion rupees of universities to bring universities out of the financial crisis.
Fahim said UET Lahore had paid salaries to staff through loans in the past few months and warned that if the Punjab government did not return one billion rupees, UET teachers would be forced to protest.
The Florida Department of Health in Jackson County has announced a new positive case of COVID-19, bringing the local total to 14 on Wednesday morning. The individual is a 38-year-old man who lives in Jackson County and is isolated at home. Investigations are ongoing and contact tracing is underway because the Florida Department of Health continues to work with patients, close contacts, and health care providers to isolate and monitor people who might have been exposed to COVID-19 and carry out testing if necessary.
Sandy Martin, Jackson County Health Officer stated, “Social distance remains our best weapon against the spread of COVID-19. When we started planning to reopen business, we had to remain diligent in following the CDC guidelines to keep a safe distance from others, often washing hands us, and wear face masks when in public, and anyone who feels sick must stay at home and take all steps to protect themselves and others from this virus.The DOH-Jackson team works with health care partners to ensure that those with symptoms receive appropriate care and testing. “
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms can appear within two days or 14 days after exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without the need for special treatment. The elderly and those who have basic medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illnesses.
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small drops from the nose or mouth, including when someone coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces. Other people can get COVID-19 by touching this object or surface, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent disease is to avoid getting this virus. As a reminder, the Department always recommends daily precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
Avoid close contact with sick people. Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with people whose health is poor. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue, then remove the tissue. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands look dirty. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched using ordinary household cleaning spray.
Islamabad – Muslim Hands International donated 1000 personal protective equipment to the National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP).
The kit was handed over to NH&MP Additional Inspector General JameelHashmi in Islamabad by Hands Public Relations Manager Muhammad Rehman Tahir.
On this occasion, Mr. Hashmi appreciated the services provided by Muslim Hands in the current pandemic and thanked its chairman Lakht-e-Hussanin Shah for providing personal protection equipment to the Motorway Police.
He also handed over souvenirs from the Motorway Police to Muslim Hands representatives.
Personal protection kits including gloves, masks and hand sanitizers that will be given to private road police who carry out their duties on national roads. The Muslim Hands representative also handed over 1,000 personal protective equipment to the Islamabad Police.
While Marissa and Adam Goldstein of Needham, Massachusetts, already have hands full of two pairs of twins, they are also busy entrepreneurs running a fashion company that usually makes accessories such as backpacks and pockets.
“As a small business, when coronaviruses began to spread, obviously, our sales began to decline,” said Marissa Goldstein.
Like many companies today, there is not much demand for their products.
“We are trying to find out what we can do to help others and make good use of our resources,” Goldstein said.
And they realize that the fabric they are working on can make a face mask that is in great demand.
“We rotated last night from making bags to making masks,” he said.
Every purchase on their website leads to donations for front-line workers like the first respondent.
On Friday, the couple donated 100 masks to the Framingham Police Department.
Goldsteins, which runs their fair trade company named Rafi Nova out of their homes in Needham, must move quickly to switch production lines.
“We make masks in New York, in a small family factory in the Bronx,” Goldstein said. “We also make masks at our bag factory in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.”
They are trying to keep sales high, at the same time, keeping people working and contributing PPE.
“We know what we do is really small, but what we learn is there is a role that everyone has to play,” Adam Goldstein said. “There are ordinary people like us who need to do things like this to keep everyone running now.”
The company plans to donate 10,000 masks by the end of April to police officers, firefighters, nurses and restaurant workers.