Health & Wellness Blog

Perks of Giving Blood During the Pandemic

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Many blood drives (including ours) have been cancelled, but blood is still desperately needed! If you ever wondered if you have had Covid-19 and just did not show symptoms or had mild symptoms and wondered if it was Covid-19 - this is a way to find out and could help others.

If you Donate blood through one of the INOVA sites (appointment only, no walk-is), you will automatically be tested for the COIVD-19 antibody!!!

You will receive an email if you test negative for the antibody.

If you test positive, you will receive a phone call and they may ask you to consider being a convalescent plasma donor after you have been symptom free for 14 days. Your plasma should be rich in immunoglobulins that may be helpful to patients who are actively fighting a COVID-19 infection. 

https://www.inovablood.org/donate-blood/where-can-i-donate/

Three Inova Blood Donor Centers are open and taking donors by appointment only to facilitate social distancing (includes CentreMed, Dulles and Woodburn Donor Centers).

Behavioral Management Strategies for Parents During COVID-19

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From Fairfax County Public School's "Healthy Minds" blog:

Many children are experiencing anxiety, boredom, and almost unlimited time cooped up with family due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now add in recent events that have highlighted racism and social injustice in our country. This is an extremely challenging and uncertain time impacting our children. In response, many children may be showing an increase in difficult behaviors. Here are some behavioral strategies that parents can use to manage problem behaviors that have shown up at home.

It is best to put into place behavioral strategies that prevent difficult behaviors from appearing in the first place. Read more here from the Fairfax County Public School's "Healthy Minds" blog about two specific behavior management strategies.

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