Omicron COVID-19 Variant Spreading Fast, But Less Severe

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The start of 2022 has left a lot of people concerned about the growing threat from the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, however experts are hopeful that the latest variant produces much less severe disease. In fact, studies from late 2021 are indicating that when someone is fully vaccinated and boosted against Omicron, the variant will generally produce symptoms that are much closer to the common cold then to the Delta variant which ravaged the country in the summer of 2021. Recently in the United States, the country set a daily case record of 1 million new cases of COVID-19 in a single day. This is a dubious record that the U.S. now holds as the worldwide leader in new COVID cases. The United States currently lags behind the goal of getting 80% of it’s residents fully vaccinated. The number of fully vaccinated people in the US currently sits…continue reading

Cheers To You And Yours. Happy New Year!

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No matter how you spend your New Years Eve tonight you will want to make sure you stay healthy and safe so you can head into 2022 with a clean bill of health. Whether you’re headed out for a night on the town, doing a quiet countdown with friends and family, or taking in First Night in one of the great towns throughout Connecticut there are a variety of ways to celebrate. Here at Stony Creek we are encouraging you to celebrate responsibly and keep you and your family safe this New Years Eve. With a couple of these reminders you will hit the ground running for 2022. Don’t drink and drive. No matter what your celebration looks like if you’re going to be drinking you should not be getting behind the wheel of a car, This is one way that can get your seriously injured and get your 2022…continue reading

3 Ways To Keep Your Friends And Family Healthy This Holiday Season

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Another year is coming to a close and while friends and family are finally able to safely gather it is important to maintain some rules to keep each other safe and healthy. While the focus has been on COVID-19 restrictions and ways to keep each other safe from the virus, we also think it is important for you to remember some of the things that were important to keep each other healthy BEFORE the pandemic as return to some amount of normalcy. So, if you’re heading out to meet family and friends this holiday season whether it be to celebrate a holiday or just for a visit here are some rules of thumb to live by to keep everyone safe, healthy and happy. 1.) If you’re sick, stay home. We all know by now that if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 you should stay home, but don’t forget there is…continue reading

U.S. Announces New COVID-19 Travel Restrictions For International Travelers

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While in may ways things have returned back to normal here in the state of Connecticut, today is a grim reminder that the rest of the country and the rest of the world are still very much not back to normal. The Biden Administration has put into place new travel restrictions for any international travelers who are intending to come to the United States regardless of their vaccination status or citizenship. The new rules which take affect today require that anyone traveling to the United States from any country must present a negative COVID test taken within the last 24-hours. The stricter restrictions have tightened up from the previous requirement of taking a COVID test 72 hours ahead of any travel into the United States. With the increased concern over the Omicron variant public health officials believe this new testing window will give them a better chance at catching these…continue reading

Some Statistics To Remember On World AIDS Day

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated December 1st each and every year as World AIDS Day as a way to remind the world that this is an on-going disease that while it has eased in the developed world it still very much ravages third world countries. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remember those who have battled AIDS for a long time and have succumbed to the disease as well as those who have fought valiantly and won. It is also an important day to remember that the struggle continues throughout the world and these numbers tell just part of the story. There is an estimated 37,700,000 people currently living in the world with HIV Nearly 700,000 people died from HIV related illnesses in 2020 1.5 million people were reported to have been newly infected by HIV in 2020 73% of people living with HIV receive lifelong antiretroviral…continue reading

From Our Family To Yours, Happy Thanksgiving

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It has been a challenging few years for all of us and we’re so happy that there is some light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. We want to take this moment to say thank you. Thank you for being a support for our entire team while we battled trough COVID-19 and worked to make sure we could provide you and our community with the necessary testing and treatments. On this Thanksgiving we are giving thanks for you, our valued patients. On this Thanksgiving we are giving thanks for our valued medical staff. On this Thanksgiving we are giving thanks for our incredible support staff. On this Thanksgiving we are giving thanks for science and the vaccine that is starting to get us out of this pandemic. We hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving with family and friends. Be safe and wear a mask if there are unvaccinated people around.…continue reading