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Posted: Jul 13, 2020

Inhaled Steroids for COVID-19? – Ask An Expert

With SMH Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Manager Dr. Jamie Kisgen

To get the facts about an alleged COVID-19 treatment that was recently touted in national media, we reached out to Dr. Jamie Kisgen, Sarasota Memorial’s Infectious Diseases Pharmacy manager, to ask: Is inhaled Budesonide really effective for treating or preventing COVID-19?

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Posted: Jul 3, 2020

Pregnancy & Birth Amid COVID-19: A Q&A Update

With Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. Washington Hill

Dr. Washington Hill, a longtime Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist an OB-GYN, answers questions about pregnancy, hospital delivery and coronavirus (COVID-19) in this Ask An Expert Q&A. This post is an update to a March 2020 post with new responses addressing the latest insights around COVID-19.

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Posted: Jun 22, 2020

COVID-19 Today: Q&A with Infectious Disease Expert

With SMH Drs. Manuel Gordillo & Kirk Voelker

Dr. Manuel Gordillo, who leads Sarasota Memorial’s infectious disease department, answers the latest reader questions about COVID-19 and how to navigate the risks in our "re-opened economy," and along with critical care pulmonologist Dr. Kirk Voelker, he discusses the spread of coronavirus in our community, proper mask wearing and ICU capacity concerns in this video blog. 

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Posted: Jun 2, 2020

Kawasaki & MIS-C: What Parents Need to Know

Written by First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

Kawasaki Disease started popping up in headlines and newsfeeds last month after clusters of children became sick with Kawasaki-like symptoms after having COVID-19 or being exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD, explains the condition, “Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children,” and the red-flag symptoms parents should look for.

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Posted: May 22, 2020

‘Just Be Smart’ ~ SMH Expert Answers Your COVID-19 Qs

With SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Our community has been dealing with the COVID-19 health crisis for nearly three months. It’s understandable that we are all feeling “quarantine fatigue” and are anxious to get back to our normal routines and normal behaviors. But, as a community, are we really there yet? Sarasota Memorial infectious disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, offers his expert insights and answers some of the many questions from our readers.

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