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Posted: May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Precautions for Kids ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

With many beaches and parks open again — and the end of virtual school 2020 nearing — local families are venturing out of the house more and are weighing kids’ summer camp options. To help our community safely move through this new chapter of the COVID-19 health crisis, pediatrician Dr. Jose Tavarez answers questions on face masks for kids and summer camp safety. 

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Posted: May 13, 2020

Answering Your COVID-19 Qs ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Manuel Gordillo, MD, who oversees Sarasota Memorial’s Infection Prevention and Control Department, answers readers’ most common questions about the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, as our community moves into a new chapter of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic — from how we should protect ourselves in this new normal to deciding factors for allowing kids to be kids again and the likelihood of a secondary outbreak. 

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Posted: Apr 23, 2020

DIY First-aid: What You Need & When to Use It

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Maintaining a fully stocked first-aid kit is a must for every household — as is knowing when to treat at home, when to head to an urgent care center and when to call 9-1-1. We reached out to Sarasota Memorial’s Trauma Services Injury Prevention Coordinator Susan Williams, RN, BSN, and pediatric hospitalist Jessie L. Hoang, MD, for their take on what a first-aid/emergency kit should include. Check out their recommendations. 

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Posted: Apr 10, 2020

COVID-19 Reader Questions ~ Ask An SMH Expert

In this “Ask An Expert” Q&A, we ask Sarasota Memorial medical experts to answer some of the coronavirus-related questions that you, our blog readers, have been asking. From face masks for kids to COVID-19 testing and whether it's safe to go to the doctor during a pandemic — get the scoop from a source you can trust.

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Posted: Apr 2, 2020

Mask Wearing 101: How to Use & Re-Use a Face Mask

With Sarasota Memorial Nurse Jennifer Sorensen, RN

Face masks are only effective when they are handled, worn, stored and disposed of properly. Used improperly, and the masks actually become vehicles for spreading germs. Sarasota Memorial nurse Jennifer Sorensen, RN, offers a step-by-step mask-wearing how-to, along with some do's and don'ts, in this video blog.

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