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COVID-19

Back to school in 2021: How to keep your kids safe, healthy and in school

It’s time for kids to go back to school. As the pandemic has shown us, kids do their best learning and social development in person. Of course, we want them to be healthy and safe, but we also want them to be in class. The great news is, a few common-sense measures can help keep …

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An open letter to the ones who feel like they haven’t done enough

To the ones who feel like they haven’t done enough: You are not alone. I recently heard an ER physician on the radio speak to the fact that he would come home exhausted after taking care of COVID-19 patients and question whether he had done enough. He had done everything he could for patients with …

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How to be social again: 5 post-pandemic socialization tips

Does the phrase “getting back into the social scene” strike excitement or fear in you? Or both? Just like when the pandemic started, we are once again in uncharted waters. All emotions are fair play here.  While the act of going out to dinner with friends may have seemed simple a year and a half …

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Why childhood vaccination matters: A parent’s guide to kids and the COVID-19 vaccine

If you’re a parent like me, you likely have the COVID-19 vaccine on your mind these days. With the Pfizer vaccine now authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children ages 12-15, many parents have questions as they anxiously anticipate getting their …

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Fully vaccinated? Here’s how to travel safely in the U.S.

After so much time at home, it’s no surprise that many of us are now itching to travel. Whether you’re planning a postponed vacation, visiting loved ones or simply looking for a change from your WFH scenery, travel is at the top of many post-pandemic bucket lists. For those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, …

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How to communicate clearly while masking up

Amid COVID-19, phrases like “I can’t hear you!” and “I’m sorry, what did you say?” have become common ones. For both people with normal hearing and hearing loss, face masks and physical distancing can cause communication difficulties. Since communication is important for social interaction and our mental health, let’s talk about some tips and strategies …

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Gym safety: How to exercise safely during COVID-19

Exercise for each and every one of us is important — and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic is equally, if not more, important. No matter what type of exercise is right for you, it’s a way to not only keep your body moving, but also give your mind a break for the sake of your mental health.  The caveat? …

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Understanding the different COVID-19 vaccines

Update: On April 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended pausing the administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine due to a rare and severe type of blood clot reported in a small number of individuals. While the adverse reactions appear to be extremely …

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How your body builds immunity against COVID-19

After receiving the vaccine for COVID-19, folks are asking, what happens with our immune systems? What is actually going on inside of the body? And how long does it take to build immunity? Here is a breakdown of information on how vaccines work. Step one: Build a defense  Our immune systems have defense mechanisms that are …

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