COVID-19 Archives

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How Arizona stacks up against the rest of the U.S. in a variety of public health metrics: COVID-19 … was the third-leading cause of death in Arizona in 2020: 8,430 deaths, behind heart disease and cancer   … and is expected to be the leading cause of death in Arizona in 2021: ~15,800 deaths Leading causes of death in Arizona in 2019: Heart disease Cancer Accidents Chronic lower respiratory diseases Alzheimer’s disease Stroke Diabetes Suicide Chronic...

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Symptoms may linger long after official recovery for many COVID patients. Doctors report these are particularly persistent. Loss of Smell/Taste This loss occurs in about one out of 10 patients and can last as long as six months, according to Dr. Joshua LaBaer, director of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. He says the primary loss is smell, which can affect how a person perceives taste. There are no proven remedies that can accelerate recovery. Poor...

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COVID-19 Testing When the pandemic hit, Mesa-based Embry Women’s Health turned into an unlikely public health hero. The gynecology clinics became Arizona’s largest COVID-19 test provider, offering free saliva testing and nose swabbing for up to 18,000 people a day at 60 locations. embrywomenshealth.com  Depression Connection Around 40 percent of people who have a heart attack also suffer from depression, and women have twice the risk of experiencing the combination of major depression and cardiovascular...

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We’ve lost so many restaurants to COVID-19 this past year — Amuse Bouche, Barrio Gran Reserva, Delux, El Zocalo, Josephine, La Marquesa, La Piazza al Forno, Phoenix Public Market Café, Razz’s, Sierra Bonita, The Dressing Room and Yasu Sushi Bistro, to name a noteworthy dozen — and just as is true with the virus itself, the devastation is nowhere near over. Brace yourself for more fallout because the next to go is Cotton & Copper,...

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Due to the resurgence of COVID, cancelations, suspensions and closures are widespread. Here are a few of the latest announcements. Sadly, you won’t be chomping on big drumsticks at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in 2021.  Even though event organizers had government approval to proceed, they decided to cancel the February opening due to “the increasing health and safety concerns.” Arizona Theatre Company has chosen to delay its 54th Season. “While we won’t be in the...

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