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Highlights of the Week

Happy last day of July! Read some good news below.

  • During the pandemic, seven in ten Americans have been shopping with small businesses, showing their support in this difficult time. Further, in the last two months, there have been over 2.5 million searches for Black-owned businesses on Yelp, compared to 33,000 this time last year. Read the support being shown for these businesses at this Good News Network link and this Upworthy link.

 

  • This month the 2020 Live Well San Diego 5K and Fitness Challenge was launched. This virtual event has free registration, free fitness challenges, and free race swag. This all leads up to the event on Sunday, August 16th, but gives you time to get in shape and get healthy. Read more here.

 

  • In a story about a promise 28 years ago, two friends split the winnings of the Powerball jackpot. Read about the friends here.

More good news can be found at the Good News Network, Upworthy, and Good News from Today.

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World Hepatitis Day

Today organizations around the world commemorate World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of the problem of viral hepatitis, which impacts more than 325 million people worldwide. This day allows an opportunity to educate people about the burden of these infections, CDC’s efforts to combat viral hepatitis around the world, and actions people can take to prevent these infections.

Viral hepatitis — a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — affects millions of people worldwide, causing both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) liver disease. Viral hepatitis causes more than one million deaths each year. While deaths from tuberculosis and HIV have been declining, deaths from hepatitis are increasing.

Looking at San Diego’s history, there was an outbreak of hepatitis A, which took two years of extensive efforts to fight. To learn more about how this virus was controlled locally, this arread ticle from AP News.

Visit these sites to learn more about hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day:

https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/awareness/worldhepday.htm

https://www.worldhepatitisday.org/

https://www.fhcsd.org/hiv-and-hepatitis-services/

 

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CDC’s Resource for Alcohol and Substance Use During COVID-19

While the pandemic has created a stressful situation for many, increased stress can lead to increases in alcohol and substance use. If you or someone you care about is starting to use alcohol or other substances or is increasing their use during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC released a resource to help. You can find information to care for one’s mental health, learn healthier options for stress and coping, and learn more about excessive alcohol use and substance use.

The resource can be found here.

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