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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 26, 2020

Choosing the Right Orthopedic Surgeon

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Maybe it’s a hip or knee replacement due to the normal wear and tear of aging. Maybe it’s a hand injury requiring reconstruction. Or maybe it’s a painful lower back caused by worsening sciatica. There are many reasons that lead people to search for an orthopedic surgeon, and there are many experienced surgeons to choose from. So how do you find the right surgeon? Get tips and resources from Sarasota Memorial's Orthopedics program coordinator.

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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: 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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