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In this opinion piece co-authored by Boston healthcare leaders, including Kevin Tabb, MD, CEO of Beth Israel Lahey Health, the public is urged to do their part in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by wearing a mask, getting vaccinated and getting a booster if eligible. “We are here for you and your families, whether you have been vaccinated or not,” the leaders wrote. “We will do our part; we ask that you do yours.” (Boston Globe – January 6, 2021)
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation released consensus statements with practical guidance for treating patients suffering from breathing discomfort or cognitive symptoms, two common symptoms of long COVID. (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, December 16, 2021)
Beth Israel Lahey Health is offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics in our community. No insurance information is required. Find details about our clinics, including vaccines and doses available.
Physician-scientists reported in the American Journal of Infection Control that a common type of N95 respirator reprocessed with VHP maintained its function and effectiveness through 25 cycles of re-use. (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, January 6, 2022)
The CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for asymptomatic people with COVID-19 to from 10 days to 5 days. Robin Colgrove, MD, of Mount Auburn Hospital, discussed the CDC’s update to the isolation guidance. (WCVB, December 27, 2021)
As the Omicron variant surges, holiday travel is still underway. Lin Chen, MD, of Mount Auburn Hospital, was among the experts sharing some of the steps airplane passengers can take to travel more responsibly, including what types of masks may be best. (Washington Post, December 22, 2021)
With a new surge of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, both molecular and antigen tests are useful tools to stay safe this holiday season. But when is the best time to use each test, and how can they help us gather safely with friends and family? Brian Hollenbeck, MD, of New England Baptist Hospital, said rapid tests can be helpful when you want an immediate answer, but they should be followed up with a PCR test for confirmation if you are symptomatic or may have been exposed to COVID-19. (Boston Globe, December 22, 2021)
For people hoping to spend their holiday with friends and family, infectious disease experts – including Robin Colgrove, MD, of Mount Auburn Hospital, and Brian Hollenbeck, MD, of New England Baptist Hospital – shared precautions they’re taking this season, whether the rise of Omicron has changed their plans, and what advice they have for holiday gatherings. (Boston Globe, December 22, 2021)
Robert Duncan, MD, MPH, of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, answered WCVB viewers’ questions about COVID-19 and vaccines, including boosters, and said the “bottom line” is that booster shots help. (WCVB, December 20, 2021)
The Boston Globe profiles Dan Barouch, MD, PhD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and his work during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the development of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and his research on the Provincetown outbreak and the emerging Omicron variant. (Boston Globe, December 15, 2021)
Beth Israel Lahey Health answers frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States. Read more.