Influenza Di Freddo is believed to have been a term coined by residents of Florence, Italy in the 1300’s. Literally translated, it means “the cold influence”. It was used to describe the sudden increase in community illness that coincided with the decrease in air temperatures from summer to fall. As it turns out, there is a scientific explanation for the increase in flu virus infection and the cold, dry air of fall and winter. You see, the flu virus is transmitted through the air. When the air is hot and wet, the virus gets dragged to the ground by water droplets. When the air is cold and dry, the virus stay afloat longer, allowing all of us a better chance at breathing it in, and becoming sick.
The toy industry is not as safe as we would like to believe. Thousands of dangerous products make it into the hands of innocent children and teens every year. The lucky kids walk away with a few bumps and bruises. Others experience severe or even life-threatening injuries.
The release of the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades show Maryland hospitals could be getting safer. Though the state fell eight spots since the Spring reviews, ranking 38 out of the 49, Maryland ratings have still shown quite a bit of improvement.
The bad weather has shown its face early this year, and just in time for holiday travel. Before heading to your Thanksgiving destination your checklist might include packing your bags, shopping for road snacks, and bringing enough activities to keep everyone busy on the ride. You’ll probably grab a coffee and gas up before you go too. Yet, one important step that people neglect is checking their tire pressure.
The time for trick-or-treating and spooky festivities is almost upon us, and now is when Baltimore parents should prepare for safety.