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Posted: May 25, 2021

Summer Unmasked? Expert Talks COVID-19 Protocols & Vaccination for Kids

With SMH Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Anyone over age 12 is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, making it possible for millions more people to get effective protection against the novel coronavirus. We asked Sarasota Memorial epidemiologist and Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, for advice to help families with unvaccinated children and at-risk adults navigate this new normal as pandemic protocols ease up and many Americans enjoy a mostly mask-free summer.

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Posted: May 18, 2021

Reach Out & Help Someone

With Behavioral Health Executive Director Terry Cassidy, LICSW

Before COVID-19, 1 in every 5 people were suffering from a mental illness in the U.S. Now, more than a year into the pandemic, that estimate is a disheartening 1 in every 2 people, with the senior population being the hardest hit. In this video blog post, Behavioral Health Services Executive Director Terry Cassidy offers tips for coping with mental health issues amid COVID-19 — whether it's a loved one who's struggling or yourself.

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Posted: May 11, 2021

Important Health Screenings for Women

With Internal Medicine specialist Lindsey Finnegan, MD

The best way for women to stay on top of their health is to be proactive. Don’t wait until a health issue pops up to see your doctor. Keep your health and wellness on track by following these recommended screening schedules from internal medicine and pediatrics specialist Lindsey Finnegan, MD.

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Posted: May 4, 2021

Making a Birth Plan: A Guide for Expectant Parents

With SMH Childbirth Educator Janis Medford, RN, BSN

Childbirth is unpredictable. But expectant parents can ensure their labor-and-delivery experience goes as smoothly as possible by being prepared, knowing their options and creating a written birth plan before baby’s expected arrival. Here, SMH Childbirth Educator Janis Medford, RN, BSN, offers tips and a practical guide for making an effective birth plan.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2021

Mask on? Mask off? Decoding the Latest CDC Guidance

With SMH Infectious Disease expert Manuel Gordillo, MD

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new advice for mask-wearing and social distancing this week. This updated guidance offers a welcome glimpse of a “more normal” future, especially for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, weighs in with clarification and insights on safer activities for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. 

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