Know Your COVID-19 Community Level

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April 6, 2022

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Know Your COVID-19 Community Level

COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Search by county and take precautions to protect yourself and others based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.

What is Chagas Disease?

Chagas disease is a disease caused by a parasite and can cause serious heart and stomach problems if left untreated. The parasite is usually spread by bugs called triatomine, often called “kissing bugs” because they bite people’s faces. It can also be spread through contaminated food, a blood transfusion, a donated organ, or from mother to baby during pregnancy. The triatomine bugs are most common in rural areas of Latin America. There are no vaccines to prevent Chagas disease. If you plan to travel to an area that is more at risk, use insecticides and practice food safety.

Stevia, More Than Just a Sweetener

Stevia is a bushy shrub that is native to northeast Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. It is probably best known as a source of natural sweeteners used in foods. Researchers have also evaluated the effect of chemicals in stevia for medicinal purposes, however, results have been mixed. Learn more about stevia.

Fiesta Barley Salad

Fiesta Barley Salad is low in sodium and high in flavor. For best results, make at least 3 hours ahead.