Questions tagged [prevention]

Questions that pertain to the action of stopping something from happening or arising. Individual questions should be judged as to whether the scope of the scenario encompasses a reasonable range of "prevention".

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Does being outdoors but in close proximity to someone make a difference in Covid-19 transmission?

In a recent news article I've read that Outdoor haircuts were allowed in California from Tuesday, under new rules announced by the mayor, but indoor salons remain shut. Is this kind of rule/...
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Has increased Hand-washing during Coronavirus lockdown helped reduce transmission of the Common Cold & other Viruses?

One of the main preventative measures for Coronavirus currently recommended is standard hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Anecdotally at least people have increased their hand-...
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Are betadine mouthwashes really effective against COVID-19?

Recently news have come up that betadine/povidone-iodine mouthwashes should be used for prevention of COVID-19. Betadine is an antiseptic. We use it in our clinic to clean a wound or after minor ...
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If tissue and kitchen paper masks achieve 90% of the filtering function of a surgical mask, why the CDC is not recommending them?

The university of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital said homemade mask, made using 2 kitchen and 1 tissue paper, achieved 90% of the filtering function of surgical masks. That's a very good approximation ...
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Properly disinfecting fruits and vegetables from COVID-19

In this YouTube video part PSA Grocery Shopping Tips in COVID-19 (See Important Notes Below) Dr. mentions how to disinfect food, particularly fruit. Would be enough to put all fruits and vegetables ...
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Social Distancing Groups at Beaches and similar large venues [closed]

Government agencies (for this conversation, assume USA) have provided guidance to prevent COVID-19 transmission. As it is a holiday, many lockdown weary have flocked to the beaches and similar venues....
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Is it helpful for the average citizen (non medical professionals) to wear gloves and disinfect them instead of disinfecting the bare hands?

In the last months I have seen lots of articles about wearing masks and gloves to prevent the infecting yourself or others. In the case of the masks this is quite clear that we should wear them, but ...
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Are (transparent) face shields without masks/respirators reasonably effective at preventing respiratory illness transmission?

You can see "splash guards" used by (almost) everyone in this video of a German tracing center, but (almost) nobody wears masks there. (Well, one spokesperson did wear mask and no shield.) So are ...
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Has World Health Organization provided nutrition/diet/exercise guidelines to strengthen the human immune system for better responding to COVID-19?

Medical sciences is not my subject but my personal feeling is that: A strengthen immune system can better respond to viruses than a weak immune system. A balanced diet in combination with exercise ...
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What is the proper type of UV rays for COVID-19 sterilization?

I have seen this device which is used for medical sterilization: I like to know proper type of UV light for Covid-19, and seen this posts: UV light covers a wavelength spectrum from 100 to 380 nm ...
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Seboorrheic Dermatitis, Fungi, Environmental Factors

How can seborrheic dermatitis not be caused by poor hygiene as the assotiation for dermatology said? Wouldn't poor hygiene at least aggravate the condition? The treatment is mainly antifungal. And ...
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What are South Korea and Japan doing right about COVID-19?

This chart shows South Korea and Japan significantly outperforming the rest of the world in preventing spread of COVID-19. My understanding is that everyone there is wearing surgical masks in public ...
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Steps to ensure incoming foods from many grocery bags do not carry COVID-19 virus into the Refrigerator, Kitchen, Home?

PPS: If this is more Biology or LifeHacks then please feel to move it there. But this is a key VIRUS VECTOR that will come indoors and we are not all competent to "sanitize" the variety of items. ...
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What are the recommendations for interacting with vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic?

What preventative measures should people take to avoid infecting others that they are in contact with, such as family members, who are more vulnerable (elderly and/or individuals with underlying ...
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COVID-19, disinfecting bike-share bikes (or rental bikes), and safely using them

I don't own a working bike, but I do have a bike-sharing system membership. My city's bike-sharing system has many stations. I can borrow a bike and ride it to any other station. There's currently ...
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Why is a (simple) mask not recommended for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients?

Information about (simple) mask wearing (concerning covid19) is a complete mystery to me. On several official places it is not recommended for a person without symptoms to wear a mask. For example: ...
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Gamma / Electron beams / X-ray irradiation to reuse surgical masks?

High-quality surgical masks require nonwoven fabric that appears to be in short supply at world-wide level. Reusing masks is typically a big no-no due to obvious reasons. Autoclaving them or chemicals ...
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Does drinking water constantly protect against coronavirus infection?

At least in Poland there is an SMS people send to each other that warns one should be constantly drinking water, at least a few gulps every 15 mins to protect oneself against viral infection. ...
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What's the primary body entrance + surface of infection for catching the flu?

I realize there are multiple ways, but if you tallied up all the people who caught the flu or a cold last year, what would be the majority... Entrance for infection: Mouth Nose Eyes Ears Skin Bio ...
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How could a heart attack be prevented if a cholesterol buildup in an artery near the heart was detected?

I learned that blood clots in coronary arteries caused by plaque ruptures are the most common cause of heart attacks, and this raised the question: If a severe cholesterol buildup were detected, how ...
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Preventing NSAID-associated GI bleeding

Are there ~simple means to reduce risk of GI (gastro-intestinal) bleeding associated with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)(ie aspirin) - besides the common-sense answers?: Take with ...
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Should a person with warts avoid baths to avoid the spread of HPV to other body parts?

The cause of warts in general is the Human papillomavirus, or HPV for short. If I understand it correctly, HPV causes both genital warts and warts on toes. Does this mean that if a person with a wart ...
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With the skull being malleable at birth, does the shape of your skull affect one's susceptibility to head trauma?

Some boxers have an "iron chin" and can take punches better than others. When my nephews were born, it was explained that the shape of the skull is not permanent and changes in the early stages of ...
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Why isn't paracetamol routinely combined with n-acetylcysteine?

Whether it's acute large dose paracetamol or long term regular dosage of paracetamol usage, it is a problem for the liver, ototoxic and even potentially life-threatening. While one might question the ...
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Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2674146/ I found some papers suggesting AMDR is not the optimum and it is too high on carbohydrates in particular. Is it generally safe to undergo a 27....
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Since snoring can damage the nasal mechanism does snoring warrant CPAP intervention?

I am not asking if snoring can lead to damage because that seems to be already known. What I'm asking is whether or not snoring should be treated as a disease in and of itself and if it warrants ...
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Are there any ways of preventing hereditary hair loss in people who have NOT YET shown signs of loss?

Most of the information I have come across online is about preventing further hair loss ('genetic alopecia') in people who are already balding or thinning. But I wondered whether there were any ...
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Does increasing the size of a weight bar diameter help prevent tendinopathies?

There exist a many products designed to increase the size of a weight bar diameter: https://www.google.com/search?q=Fat+Gripz Does increasing the size of a weight bar diameter help prevent ...
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Medical procedure to sever the brain's ability to communicate with the heart?

So, I think I read some-where that there is a surgical procedure to server the heart's ability to communicate with the brain, for reasons. A negative consequence of this was not being able to, for ...
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Name of Chinese health system - And any current practitioners in England

I read about a chinese health system some time ago (see below) External Link Historically, a Chinese Medicine doctor was paid a retainer to keep their patients healthy. If a patient became ...
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Does dipping something metal in alcohol sterilize it?

Since childhood, some people told me that wetting a metal utensil in alcohol could sterilize it. How true is this?
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Occasional medical tests and imageries

I ouce asked on Quora, why people do not do yearly blood tests and imaging, to prevent getting stage 4 cancers. The answers listed reasons not to do this: It would cost a lot of money (for the ...
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What should I check before taking protein supplements?

I read on http://www.refinery29.com/2017/08/167981/bodybuilder-death-urea-cycle-disorder (mirror): While protein supplements may not seem dangerous, Hefford's case is a reminder of how important it ...
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Options after exposure to ABS fumes

Let's assume someone has an increased risk for leukemia, lymphoma, lung cancer, and maybe even brain cancer because of fumes from ABS material that they have inhaled. What can they do once they are ...
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Is Depo-Provera shot directly start working?

Is Depo Provera shot directly start working or waiting must be required for it's effects. Secondly when the second shot should be conducted? Exactly after three months or can a delay of one to three ...
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Just learned the previous two owners of the house I bought died of cancer, should I be worried?

I recently have purchased a home that was built in the late 80s. To my knowledge it has had two owners who have each lived there around 12-15 years each. While talking to the neighbors after moving in,...
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Optimal length of music break to reduce long term risks of noise-induced hearing loss?

I use noise isolating in ear headphones while working. I am considering instituting "music breaks" to reduce risks related to hearing loss. A 10-20 minute review of websites haven't really given me ...
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Ankylosing Spondylitis early diagnosis [closed]

My girlfriend is 22 and has a condition of ankylosing spondylitis. She has to take pain killers every day, especially when the weather is more humid or cold, otherwise her lower back keeps hurting. ...
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Do bananas prevent cancer?

I found this article: https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/fstr/15/3/15_3_275/_pdf , but I am not sure whether it means that bananas prevent cancer.
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Disinfecting laundry — that of a likely COVID patient, or of any other possibly-infectious individual

Clothing can probably spread fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot) from person to person. There's not a lot of evidence that clothing can spread bacterial infections. But Bloomfield et al. quote ...
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Which blood test results would most indicate further testing for cancer?

As a member of the healthcare community, I've long been taught (as we have all) that test results are only valid in the context of symptoms and at the discretion of a healthcare professional. That ...
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Surgical masks - do they prevent the spread of disease?

Now and then you see something like this when looking at pictures from Japan: There are supposedly many reasons for this, but one is, quoting a summary from Wikipedia: Surgical masks are popularly ...
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Is there any definitive prevention for tooth decay?

I understand (in a too simplified way) that the main cause of tooth decay is the mineral breakdown of the tooth enamel by the action of acids formed from food debris on the mouth. If that's correct, ...
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What are the dangers of sitting on a public toilet seat?

Growing up, I was taught to cover public toilets with toilet paper before sitting on them. This was to protect me from diseases left by other users of the toilet. But can one actually get dangerous ...
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Need help with Dementia Hackathon Idea (Professionals experienced with dealing with Dementia patients appreicated!)

Me and my team are planning to go to a Dementia based Hackathon early March and since this is our first actual hackathon we were wondering if you could provide some advice regarding our idea. Here's ...
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How to reduce repetitive strain injury

Since I am a software developer, I regularly to a lot of typing when I program. What would reduce the risk of getting RSI if breaks are not an option? Currently my setup is a laptop using the built ...
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How can one prevent a mouth sore from worsening if caught early?

If one catches a mouth sore forming, is there any treatment that can be used to prevent it from progressing?
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Preventing diabetes mellitus

I am 16 year old boy. My father as well as my relatives have diabetes mellitus. If i start going to gym, get into some body building and maintain a healthy lifestyle from now on, can i prevent it?
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Can a woman 48 year old get pregnant

A woman in this age can be pregnant or not.Only with the pyshic way man and woman with no condom. Not the way with science that can done miracles.
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Are most normal human beings capable of controlling laughter?

Say you were at a funeral, and a family member of the deceased said something unintentionally hilarious as part of a eulogy, but only funny to a very small number of people at the funeral. Obviously, ...