Why COVID-19 testing is not recommended for everyone

Update: In addition to cough, fever and shortness of breath, possible symptoms of COVID-19 have been expanded to also include sore throat, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of smell or taste, and chills. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please access the free screening questionnaire via MyBSWHealth. According to the Centers for Disease … 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

Update: In addition to cough, fever and shortness of breath, possible symptoms of COVID-19 have been expanded to also include sore throat, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of smell or taste, and chills. A COVID-19 screening questionnaire is now available from Baylor Scott & White inside MyBSWHealth, which you can access on the web … 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)

Traveling? How to protect yourself from coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: In addition to cough, fever and shortness of breath, possible symptoms of COVID-19 have been expanded to also include sore throat, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of smell or taste, and chills. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please access the free screening questionnaire via MyBSWHealth. With so much information swirling around … Continue reading Traveling? How to protect yourself from coronavirus (COVID-19)

7 things to know about sexually transmitted infections

What if I told you there are infections so prevalent that they affect nearly 1 million people every day worldwide? Not only that, but these particular infections continue to be on the rise each and every year. I’m talking about sexually transmitted infections, or STIs (also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs). Sexual … Continue reading 7 things to know about sexually transmitted infections

Why people with diabetes are at high risk for the flu

Last year, more than 80,000 people died of the flu and its complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This statistic is especially concerning for those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, who are considered “high risk.” I encourage all my patients to get the flu shot each year. But my … Continue reading Why people with diabetes are at high risk for the flu