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COVID-19 makes it harder to stay sober

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a test for many people with substance use disorder. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Division of Addiction Psychiatry is using telehealth and other evidence-based care to support patients with substance use disorder during the pandemic. (Boston Globe, February 22, 2021)

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Mass. doctor on COVID-19 case, hospitalization drop

Sharon Wright, MD, MPH of Beth Israel Lahey Health, spoke about the latest COVID-19 headlines, including the pace of the vaccine rollout, what the FDA Advisory Committee takes into consideration as they consider a vaccine candidate for emergency use authorization, whether COVID-19 could be a season virus, as well as the sobering milestone of 500,000 lives lost during this pandemic. (WCVB, February 22, 2021)

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Pandemic done by April?

Robin Colgrove, MD, Interim Chief of Infectious Diseases at Mount Auburn Hospital, discusses a recent theory on herd immunity achieved through vaccines signaling a potential end to the pandemic in the spring. (Boston 25 News, February 22, 2021)

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Seeded amid the many surprises of COVID times, some unexpected positives

The Gazette recently contacted experts to ask about a few surprising, unanticipated positives that have emerged midst pandemic. In the area of health care delivery, almost 90 percent of the visits at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s primary care practice had to switch to telephone or video interviews which makes for fully open and transparent communication even more important. (Harvard Gazette, February 18, 2021)

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Do I qualify? Vaccine confusion for patients with multiple serious medical conditions

As Massachusetts and several other states prioritize vaccine distribution to residents with cancer, heart disease, obesity and other medical concerns, many are still trying to figure out if they qualify as criteria with these diseases remain unclear. Sean Levy, MD of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, noted some eligible risk factors like smoking are open to interpretation. (WBUR, February 18, 2021)

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How soon will COVID-19 vaccines return life to normal?

In the fight toward herd COVID-19 immunity, Dan Barouch, MD, PhD of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, spoke to the importance of vaccine-induced T cell responses, particularly for resistant variants that might partially evade neutralizing antibodies. (Science Magazine, February 16, 2021)