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Posted: May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Precautions for Kids ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

With many beaches and parks open again — and the end of virtual school 2020 nearing — local families are venturing out of the house more and are weighing kids’ summer camp options. To help our community safely move through this new chapter of the COVID-19 health crisis, pediatrician Dr. Jose Tavarez answers questions on face masks for kids and summer camp safety. 

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Posted: May 13, 2020

Answering Your COVID-19 Qs ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Manuel Gordillo, MD, who oversees Sarasota Memorial’s Infection Prevention and Control Department, answers readers’ most common questions about the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, as our community moves into a new chapter of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic — from how we should protect ourselves in this new normal to deciding factors for allowing kids to be kids again and the likelihood of a secondary outbreak. 

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Posted: Apr 28, 2020

Protecting Your Home from COVID-19

Written by SMH Digital Communications Specialist Ann Key

Fight the spread of COVID-19 at home with these tips and how-to's for cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces, towels, dirty clothes, cellphones and other electronics. 

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Posted: Apr 23, 2020

DIY First-aid: What You Need & When to Use It

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Maintaining a fully stocked first-aid kit is a must for every household — as is knowing when to treat at home, when to head to an urgent care center and when to call 9-1-1. We reached out to Sarasota Memorial’s Trauma Services Injury Prevention Coordinator Susan Williams, RN, BSN, and pediatric hospitalist Jessie L. Hoang, MD, for their take on what a first-aid/emergency kit should include. Check out their recommendations. 

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Posted: Apr 14, 2020

The Pandemic Predicament: Coping with the ‘New Normal’

Written by SMH Oncology Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

As communities across the world wrangle with a “new normal,” millions are feeling the emotional and mental weight of this unprecedented time. Here are some self-care tips and strategies we can all use to successfully persevere through these difficult times.

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