Infectious Disease

Life after COVID-19: Helping patients overcome lasting coronavirus symptoms

Over the last several months, we have all witnessed the numerous ways COVID-19 can leave a lasting impact on a person’s life and health. Ongoing problems can occur for anyone who has contracted COVID-19, not just those who have been hospitalized or faced serious illness. The list of potential lasting effects is a long one, …

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When will you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Updated 12/22/20 Please note: Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 vaccine situation, information may change frequently — please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (or your local state authorities) for the most up-to-date information. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the …

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Kids and COVID-19: What every parent needs to know

With COVID-19 still spreading in many communities, there are a number of concerns about how the virus will affect our kids, especially now that winter has arrived and school is in full swing.  As a pediatrician, let me first say that you are not alone in these worries — as a parent, it’s only natural …

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How to help elderly loved ones weather the pandemic

Since March, when the World Health Organization declared that the novel coronavirus was widespread enough to be considered a global pandemic, every facet of life as we know it has been impacted. But not all are affected equally.  Very early on in the pandemic, it became clear that elderly people are disproportionately predisposed to severe …

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Family history: 6 questions to ask your family during the holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be very different this year. The familiar sights of holiday traffic, crowded airports and families gathered around the table will be replaced with smaller household gatherings and virtual dinners. Last week, more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 were reported throughout the U.S., prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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How to celebrate Thanksgiving safely during COVID-19

Thanksgiving is not only a holiday dedicated to gathering family around the dinner table, but even more so to reflecting and counting our blessings. As we approach the end of an unexpected roller coaster of a year, there is still so much to be thankful for — and we certainly deserve some heartwarming comfort food …

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What it’s like to bring a baby into a pandemic world

As I sit here dictating my story, I have 3-week-old baby Skyler comfortably sleeping on my chest. If you had asked me this time last year where I would be in a year, I would never have imagined I’d be here — a new mother having just given birth during a pandemic, economic crisis, and …

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COVID-19 fact check: Can you catch it through your eyes?

By now, we’re all aware of the importance of wearing a face mask to protect ourselves and those around us from COVID-19. Covering both your mouth and nose is the most effective way to help prevent the spread of respiratory droplets. But what about the eyes — is it also possible to contract COVID-19 through …

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