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Posted: Aug 11, 2020

COVID & Smoking: What’s the Risk?

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Does smoking increase the risk of contracting COVID-19? Does it increase your chances of developing severe symptoms? Dr. Kirk Voelker, a Sarasota Memorial critical care pulmonologist, answers the most common questions about cigarette-smoking and COVID-19 risk during the pandemic.

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Posted: Jul 30, 2020

Returning to School Safely ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Manuel Gordillo & Pediatrician Dr. Deirdra Myers

Back-to-School 2020 lies on the horizon. To help families and educators navigate the uncharted waters, infectious disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, who leads Sarasota Memorial's Infection Prevention and Control Department, and First Physicians Group pediatrician Deirdra Myers, MD, answer common questions in this Ask An Expert video Q&A.

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Posted: Jul 23, 2020

COVID-19 Care at Home: What You Need to Know

With Dr. Jack Rodman, First Physicians Group COO, & Dr. Joseph Seaman, SMH Critical Care Pulmonologist

Many area residents with COVID-19 are self-treating and recovering at home. Check out this guide to COVID-19 home care — an overview of what you’ll need, steps you should take, what to expect and tips for caregivers — based on insights from Sarasota Memorial’s medical providers.

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Posted: Jul 21, 2020

Face Shields for Students?

With SMH Pediatrics Chair Jessie Hoang, MD

A recent email to our Healthe-Matters “Ask An Expert” inbox echoed a common question parents are asking as they try to safely prepare for the 2020-2021 school year: Should students wear only a face shield at school, instead of a face mask? Dr. Jessie Hoang, who chairs Sarasota Memorial’s Pediatrics Department, answers and offers insights in this blog post.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2020

COVID-19 Prevention Tips for Teachers

A Q&A with SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

A recent query from a reader to our Ask An Expert panel sought practical advice for teachers on COVID-19 prevention as they make plans to head back to the classroom. We reached out to Sarasota Memorial infectious disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, for answers.

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