ALBANY, NY, UNITED STATES, September 21, 2020 / — COVID-19 has changed how individuals accomplish almost all of their everyday tasks, from shopping to working to recreational pursuits. The virus also has changed how they worship. One challenge for church leaders is how to provide meaningful worship experiences without the use of vocal music or wind instruments. Churches can meet this challenge in creative ways, says church musician Jim Ragotzkie.

Most scientists consider singing and the use of wind instruments to be risky, says Jim Ragotzkie. Singing creates aerosols, which are super-fine droplets that travel several feet and linger in the air for a long time. Singing also makes more aerosols than breathing or talking. Typically, talking produces ten times the aerosols that breathing does, and singing produces 60 times the aerosols. …

ALBANY, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 14, 2020 / More than half of all Americans have used a prescription medicine in the past 30 days. In fact, the average person uses about four prescriptions daily, in addition to dietary supplements. The number of prescriptions filled each year is rising and is expected to reach 4.57 prescriptions within the next four years, according to Statista. With this much prescription use, Americans should educate themselves to be sure they know about their medications and how to use them safely, says James Ragotzkie, a pharmacist.

Consumers should focus first on learning the basics. This includes the brand names and generics of their medicines, what condition the medication treats, and what its dosage is, says Jim Ragotzkie. Once they know this information, consumers should be sure they know how to take the medication; for example, is it taken with meals, before meals, every day, or only when needed. One of the most significant issues health professionals face is finding a way to ensure patients take their medications as directed, says James Ragotzkie. …

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Two vaccine candidates in late-stage clinical trials use the messenger RNA delivery platform to encode a stabilized SARS-CoV-2 spike immunogen. SARS-COV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19, and the spike protein facilitates its entry into the cells, says James Ragotzkie . Two other vaccine candidates use adenoviruses, which cause the common cold. Another vaccine candidate uses the modified vesicular stomatitis virus to deliver the instructions for the SARS-CoV-2 protein into cells. Modified vesicular stomatitis is a virus affecting livestock. This delivery system has worked well for building immunity to

James Ragotzkie is a board-certified pharmacist in Albany and graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. James Ragotzkie also is an accomplished church organist and member of the American Guild of Organists.


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Jim Ragotzkie

James Ragotzkie is a board-certified Pharmacist in New York. James Ragotzkie is a proud member of the American Guild of Organists

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