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Communicating Care and Caring During the Pandemic

Communicating Care and Caring During the Pandemic

COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home mandates didn’t stop people from needing to stay connected. When in-person interaction was restricted, the need for communication remained and the opportunity became unlimited – at least digitally. Such was the irony of the pandemic day-to-day, thanks to technology.  A study on people’s digital co...
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Informed Decision Before COVID-19 Vaccination

Informed Decision Before COVID-19 Vaccination

Who is ready for a COVID-19 vaccine that is 70% effective? Or perhaps 95%? As the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines, to name a few, are offering hope to many while others question the risks, challenges for our health system’s readiness now become more real and imminent. With immunization and treatment as the exit strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic, the rollout tactics ...
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COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies in Schools: A Digital Approach

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies in Schools: A Digital Approach

A COVID-19 vaccine, on which some sense of normalcy is contingent, is not yet at hand. What is here and now is life that needs to go on. This reality hit home as those who needed to go to work and to school had to just go out there — out where no one is certain if it is safe.  But "going out there" must be done “while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff, and all their familie...
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Back to Work But Not Back to Normal

Back to Work But Not Back to Normal

Relieved are those who have work to go back to during this pandemic, for that’s one less worry on their minds — or so it may seem. True for some but not for all. Worry about staying safe in the workplace is very different from worry about losing work during this time, but it causes its own kind of stress. The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health has changed the way people work, whether...
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Mental Health Support in COVID-19 Self-Isolation and Quarantine Management

Mental Health Support in COVID-19 Self-Isolation and Quarantine Management

Containing COVID-19 has been a long, drawn-out battle; and until a vaccine can prove its efficacy AND be distributed, the effect of the virus may seem like a life sentence at home. As the present already feels confining to many, it’s all the more daunting to the infected and to at-risk populations. Stress, anxiety, and depression can pile up on top of their fears about their health. Where self-isolation and quarantine management is in place or still needed, mental health car...
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COVID-19 SIP™: An Evolving Approach to Containing COVID-19

COVID-19 SIP™: An Evolving Approach to Containing COVID-19

In the complex, global health crisis brought about by COVID-19, it was basics such as surveillance, testing, quarantine, self-isolation, contact tracing, face covering, social distancing, and simple hand-washing that were preliminary tactics in the race against the spread of the virus. Because of COVID-19's high transmissibility, countries focused on containment and mitigation. With varying degrees of success, countries have adopted digital health technolog...
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Experts Weigh In on the Resurgence of COVID-19

Experts Weigh In on the Resurgence of COVID-19

First wave, second wave, or one big tsunami. The COVID-19 wave being confronted here and now is neither definitive nor conclusive. But what is certain is that it is still raging.  The issue about a second wave — what constitutes it, or if there really are even virus waves — has been a contentious one. However, virologists, epidemiologists, and other experts all agree on the resurgence of the novel coronavirus as seen in localized spikes in infection...
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Patient Engagement for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Patient Engagement for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

 If a return to normalcy depends on finding a cure for COVID-19, then there needs to be a fast-tracked vaccine development process, albeit one without shortcuts. Patient participation across the spectrum of clinical development is key to this. As of June 2, 2020, the World Health Organization’s draft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines listed 10 in clinical evaluation (phases 1–3 ) and 123 more in preclinical evaluation. The gold standard for clinical tr...
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Telehealth Now, and From Now On

Telehealth Now, and From Now On

 The need to expeditiously address a public health emergency has never been as important as it is today. COVID-19 has mobilized practically everyone along its path to find solutions to stop it, flatten the curve, and provide care in whatever way possible. Telehealth has risen to the challenge faced by the American healthcare system to meet patients’ needs during a national emergency. Technologies have become a lifeline for patients with chronic and serious conditions to continue ...
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Battling the Opioid Crisis in a Time of COVID-19

Battling the Opioid Crisis in a Time of COVID-19

To our country still reeling from its ongoing opioid epidemic came the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health crises in the U.S. this time did not come one after the other but overlapped. One health crisis is already one too many. These twin battles need to be fought at the same time. It is possible with technology. And neither severity nor urgency will win the argument for which crisis should be a priority—because both are claiming lives.  COVID-19 has disrupted pra...
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