immunocompromised

What Does It Mean to Be Immunocompromised?

Immunocompromised individuals are potentially at a higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, or COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We’re here to help — here is some general information about what it means to be immunocompromised, and how you can protect yourself. This information is specific to people who are … Continued

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Non-covid doctor's visits

Which Non-Covid Doctor’s Visits Should You Make, Keep, Postpone or do by Telemedicine

In late March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that non-emergency medical providers delay routine or elective visits from patients to preserve protective equipment such as masks and to mitigate the risk of spreading covid-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. But there’s a gap between what’s elective and what’s not, with fear and … Continued

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Antibody Test

Could a simple blood test for COVID-19 antibodies help reopen the economy?

With a White House increasingly anxious to get the economy in gear and an approved vaccine for the novel coronavirus still months away at best, public health officials are hoping that tens of millions of Americans will have access to a simple blood test that can identify recovered patients who’ve developed some kind of immune response to the virus. The … Continued

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Antibody Testing

How Antibody Testing Can Help Us Fight COVID-19

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the first antibody test for COVID-19 on Thursday. The approval comes as a number of academic laboratories and medical companies are developing blood tests to help identify people who have contracted SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. These tests could potentially identify those with immunity to the … Continued

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Surgical masks

Where Are All the Masks?

As the health care system strains to accommodate the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus outbreak, many medical professionals on the front lines do not have adequate protection. Some are reusing masks and gloves. Without proper covering, every new visit might prove fatal, especially for older physicians and their families. And already, dozens of health care workers across … Continued

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Coronavirus mask

Can wearing a face mask protect you from the new coronavirus?

Can wearing a face mask protect you against the new coronavirus? If it’s a regular face mask and not surgical grade, the answer is no, Dr. Bruce Eisenberg, M.D. F.A.C.P., a primary care specialist at The Medical Group of South Florida in Jupiter. Surgical grade masks and more specialized mask, known as an N95 respirator, … Continued

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