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Jane's Blog Shingles

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Jane's Blog Shingles

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. The virus usually affects the nervous system on one side of the body. Symptoms occur in skin that a particular nerve supplies. Occasionally, two or three nerves next to each other are affected. The first sign of shingles usually is a tingling feeling, itchiness, constant dull, burning, gnawing, or stabbing pain on the skin typically on the back, side, tummy, or face near...

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Jane's Blog Air Travel and Germs

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Jane's Blog Air Travel and Germs

Since the beginning of COVID 19 airline travel is becoming frequent again. Time to protect yourself against the many germs you are exposed to while traveling in the air. According to a study published in Microbiology Spectrum 2015, “Infectious diseases" are still among the leading causes of death worldwide due to their persistence, emergence, and reemergence. Air transportation is a major vehicle for the rapid spread of germs. A University of Alabama study found that some germs can stay up to 7 days on a plane piling up on everything you touch. In 2014 alone, over 3.3 billion passengers and 50...

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