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American Red Cross looking for donors

As many gather for Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends, the American Red Cross urges donors to shake up their holiday traditions and plan a time to give blood or platelets in the coming weeks. 

Blood and platelet donations tend to drop more than 20% during holiday weeks, including the days around Thanksgiving. Seasonal illness and the threat of winter weather can add more concern during a time of year that is traditionally hard on the nation’s blood supply.

Weekend Doctor: RSV

By Brittany Grider, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist of Northwest Ohio

It’s always a joyful moment when a new baby is born. Everyone in the family wants to come meet the new addition. A few days later, this precious little baby is struggling to breathe and needs to be in the ICU with RSV bronchiolitis. 

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is generally a virus present in the winter, usually at its worst in January and February each year. This year, RSV and influenza were conspicuously absent in the winter months. There are likely multiple reasons for this, but the bottom line is that RSV is here now. 

Increase in respiratory viruses

The Kenton-Hardin Health Department is advising residents that espiratory viruses are hitting communities hard.

While many people are experiencing mild cold-like illness, an increasing number of young children are requiring medical care from primary care offices, urgent cares, and children’s hospitals.

The attached guide reviews symptoms, protecting yourself from viruses and when you should seek care.

The Moody Blues

By Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

The Moody Blues was a rhythm and blues band formed in 1964 in England. Later, the band was known for its fusion of rock with classical music. An example of this fusion was with their hit song “Nights in White Satin.” The song was released in 1967 on the band’s Days of Future Passed album. The song was not an immediate hit, but is now a classic. The band moved to a synthesized pop style in the 1980s with The Other Side of Life. The release in 1971 provided the hit “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band).” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. 

Open burn reminder

The Allen County Health Department has issued this reminder:

Ohio law limits what and where you can open burn. Open burning can release many kinds of toxic fumes. Leaves and plant materials send aloft millions of spores when they catch fire, causing many people with allergies to have difficulty breathing.

Project DAWN and overdose surge alerts

A text alerts network has been established in Ohio for early warnings about deadly batches of drugs and overdose surges in Northwest Ohio. 

For example, on November 4, three overdoses in 24 hours were reported in Hancock County.

Text “SOAR” to 419-670-7627 to receive Overdose Surge and Deadly Batch Alerts when there is a spike in overdoses or dangerous drugs are found in your area.

Plus, anonymously report deadly batches to help keep your community safe. Get The SOAR App on iOS or Android to securely submit your report, or submit right at