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Posted: Jun 29, 2021

The Delta Variant: Should We Worry?

With SMH Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, coronavirus infections have been steadily declining across the U.S. Will the virus’ highly contagious variants reverse that trend and cause another surge in infections? Sarasota Memorial Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, answers your questions and concerns about the COVID-19 Delta variant.

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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: 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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Posted: Apr 27, 2021

J&J COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

With SMH Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

We know you still have questions about the CDC and FDA's joint recommendation to "pause" / "unpause" distribution the Johnson & Johnson-Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Get answers and the latest CDC guidance in this post with Sarasota Memorial Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD.

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