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Infectious Disease

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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Keeping family traditions alive this holiday season

Holiday celebrations this year are going to look a bit different as we all continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These winter months that are usually filled with excitement and anticipation may not feel the same for many of us this year — especially for our kids. Your children may be feeling anxious, disappointed …

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Pandemic holidays: Planning for difficult conversations and emotions

Since we are still smack-dab in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to know what this holiday season will look like. Even if you’re someone who has hosted the same holiday party for the last 10 years, this year might be an exception.   As special as the holiday season is for many of …

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How delaying care can lead to devastating health consequences

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visits to hospital emergency departments nationwide dropped 42 percent in April at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, from a mean of 2.1 million a week in 2019 to 1.2 million in 2020. Many people experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, stroke or other …

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