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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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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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