Pregnancy and COVID-19: What to expect during your upcoming delivery

If you’re pregnant and preparing for your baby’s grand arrival, it’s probably safe to say that a COVID-19 pandemic was not part of the birth plan. As global fears around the virus continue, you may be feeling an extra layer of stress about how this will impact your delivery — are you at risk? What … Continue reading Pregnancy and COVID-19: What to expect during your upcoming delivery

Takeout food and package delivery: Is it safe?

As uncertainty about COVID-19 and new rhythms of daily life sweep households across the nation, conversations around food safety have taken precedence for many of us. Amid this period of social distancing, our go-to restaurants and favorite fast-food chains have resorted to delivery, “to-go only” and drive-thru alternatives to keep afloat. But is ordering takeout … Continue reading Takeout food and package delivery: Is it safe?

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or suspect you may have contracted the virus, follow these guidelines to help protect your household and those around you. Please note that these guidelines are subject to change. Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date information. Take the COVID-19 screening questionnaire A COVID-19 screening questionnaire is … Continue reading What to do if you think you have COVID-19

Why COVID-19 testing is not recommended for everyone

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), testing is not necessary for everyone who experiences symptoms of COVID-19. Wondering whether you or a loved one needs to be tested? Here’s what you should know. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 — including a cough, shortness of breath and feeling feverish — … Continue reading Why COVID-19 testing is not recommended for everyone

How to treat mild COVID-19 symptoms at home

Most people who become ill with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will experience mild symptoms and can recover fully at home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you’re experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms, we recommend you complete the free COVID-19 screening questionnaire available inside MyBSWHealth and call your doctor. Unless your doctor … Continue reading How to treat mild COVID-19 symptoms at home

Maintaining hope during COVID-19 social distancing

I offer these comments on COVID-19 from the perspective of a palliative medicine doctor. I specialize in communicating sad, bad or otherwise hard to hear “serious illness” news while helping the patient, family or staff member maintain hope. You may not think of it this way but COVID-19 is a “serious illness” and we must regard … Continue reading Maintaining hope during COVID-19 social distancing

Talking to your kids about the novel coronavirus disease

As a parent during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no avoiding the topic of conversation with your kids. News about the virus is everywhere, and children of all ages are feeling the effects. With school closures, event cancellations, quarantine fears and unusual work-from-home policies, your kids may be asking some tough questions. Here are a few … Continue reading Talking to your kids about the novel coronavirus disease

Free COVID-19 screening questionnaire now available via MyBSWHealth

A COVID-19 screening questionnaire is now available from Baylor Scott & White inside MyBSWHealth, which you can access on the web or in the mobile app available for Apple™ iOS or Android™. For your safety and convenience, we are encouraging anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms (cough, shortness of breath and feeling feverish) or who has concerns … Continue reading Free COVID-19 screening questionnaire now available via MyBSWHealth

How to cope with anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re feeling heightened levels of anxiety or fear because of the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you’re not alone. It’s only natural to be stressed during times of uncertainty. But with these coping mechanisms, you can take care of yourself and your loved ones and look forward with confidence. Recognize that anxiety during … Continue reading How to cope with anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19)