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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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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: Apr 28, 2020

Protecting Your Home from COVID-19

Written by SMH Digital Communications Specialist Ann Key

Fight the spread of COVID-19 at home with these tips and how-to's for cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces, towels, dirty clothes, cellphones and other electronics. 

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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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