HEALTH & WELLNESS

COVID Vaccinations

As of the time of this writing, appointments are still required and the governor is expanding the eligible groups for the vaccine on a regular basis based on the supply. Go to coronavirus.ohio.gov to get current information on vaccine locations. Most vaccination locations require

  1. The patient to wear a mask while in the vaccination facility.
  2. There is no cost for the vaccine, but the patient will be asked to provide insurance information.
  3. The patient will also be asked for a form of identification (A driver’s license is sufficient).
  4. The patient will be asked to wait 15 minutes following the vaccination for the health professionals to observe you to ensure that you are not experiencing any adverse reactions.
  5. If the vaccine requires a second dose, it may be scheduled during the appointment or the process for scheduling will be identified.

The Cicadas are back

Cincinnati is one of the hot spots for the cicadas who plan to appear sometime between May and June according to Gene Kritsky, an entomologist at The College of Mount St Joseph. Many of us have memories from 2004 or 1987 when not only did the cicadas cover car windshields obstructing the driver’s view, but the male cicada’s mating song drowned out flying jet planes! Cicadas have been hiding underground since 2004. They make their way to the surface once the soil reaches 64 degrees. Their job is to mate, lay eggs on tree branches and then die. They are really harmless. They don’t bite or sting and they are not poisonous. But they are a nuisance! Their underground tunnels aerate the soil; their dead bodies can be nourishment for some trees. And they are a food source for many animals. Moles are having exquisite buffets right now with cicadas as the main entrée!

Be aware of the cicada return. Prepare for them, and don’t freak out. Let them do their thing. They will only be a pest for about 6 weeks. Then you can return to your “COVID Normal”!

Kimya Moyo, Health Liaison

 

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