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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Helping You and Your Family Cope

The latest updates, news, and recommendations from our infectious disease and public health experts.

  • The COVID-19 Delta Variant: Another Reason to Get Fully Vaccinated

    Infectious disease expert Dr. Stephanie Stovall, chief of quality and patient safety at Lee Health, shares what you need to know about the Delta variant and how to stay safe.

  • What You Need To Know: COVID-19 Vaccines Opened to State Residents 12 and Older

    The latest information on vaccines for you and your family from our COVID-19 expert.

  • Traveling Soon? CDC Updates Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

    Thinking about traveling? Here are the CDC's latest guidelines now that more and more people are getting vaccinated.

  • You’re Fully Vaccinated. Now What?

    Vaccines have proved effective, but there’s not enough data yet to know how long they protect against COVID-19 in the real world or how well they prevent you from infecting unvaccinated people.

  • ‘Human’ Healthcare Heroes, not Superheroes

    COVID-19 continues to take a toll on healthcare workers. But mental health support teams are helping these brave employees cope with stress.

  • 1 Mask Is Good. Are 2 Masks Better? It Depends…

    You may have heard about the concept of "double masking" to reduce your COVID risk. But what is the science behind it? A Lee Health expert weighs in.

  • 7 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program

    The latest news and information you need on COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine: The Latest Answers from Lee Health

    Hear from Dr. Stephanie Stovall, Interim Chief of Quality and Patient Safety for Lee Health System, on answers to common questions.

  • FLU/COVID-19 Rapid Test Offers Peace of Mind Quickly

  • COVID-19 or the Flu: How Do You Know the Difference?

    As we get into flu season, it's important to know the differences between COVID-19 and influenza.

  • Can COVID-19 Harm Your Heart?

    An update on the latest COVID-19 news based on current studies, research, and Lee Health experts.

  • Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19: What Is It and How Can it Help?

  • COVID-19 Fallout: More Severe Child Abuse Injuries During Pandemic

    A sobering fact as Southwest Florida deals with COVID-19: The severity of child abuse cases has increased. Read more about the causes and what our community can do to help.

  • Can You Get COVID-19 Twice? The Science Says…

    The science isn't quite clear yet as we learn more each day, but our infectious disease expert tells residents not to stress.

  • COVID-19 and the Workplace: Questions and Answers

    As Southwest Florida residents continue to adapt to living life amid COVID-19, we want to make sure employees heading back to work have the information they need to feel comfortable.

  • Behind the Scenes of COVID-19: Respiratory Therapy Helps Patients Breathe Easier

    Take a look at some of the unsung heroes from Lee Health's COVID-19 care team: Our expert respiratory therapy team.

  • 'I Wasn't Wearing a Mask.' Local Man Shares COVID-19 Ordeal

    The science says it all: Masks and social distancing WORK. Read about one man's painful, frightening ordeal-and how his COVID scare turned him into a safety advocate.

  • COVID-19 Q&A: Community Questions and Expert Answers (Part 1)

    Our public health experts answer the latest COVID-19 questions from our community.

  • 3 New COVID-19 Symptoms to Watch For

    Stay up to date on all the latest symptoms of COVID-19 and what you can do to keep you and your family safe.

  • Mask Etiquette and Care: What You Need to Know

    Let's stay dedicated to wearing a mask to protect the ones we love. Learn more about how to wear them, how to clean them, and other essential tidbits.

  • Gulf Coast Medical Center Medical Surgical Unit Welcomes a Return to Normal

    Go behind the scenes at Gulf Coast Medical Center to learn how COVID-19 has affected nurses - who strive to make personal connections while wearing masks.

  • Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired? Energize Yourself Against ‘Disaster Fatigue’

    COVID-19. Social distancing. Masks. Safety requirements. And now hurricanes. It's all too much sometimes. 'Disaster fatigue' is real--how can you avoid it and get recharged?

  • Unlocking Vital Secrets: Lab Employees Work Around the Clock for Patients, Families

    Lee Health laboratory workers process thousands of cultures each month to help patients and their doctors diagnose and treat conditions. Learn more about their fascinating work and way of life.

  • Nurses Battle Isolation in Fight Against COVID-19

    Our nurses battle their own isolation during COVID-19, but they stay dedicated to their mission of providing exceptional care to the patients who need it most.

  • What’s the Plan? Cleanliness and Other Guidelines for Reopening Safely

    As public spaces and workplaces slowly open up, health experts advise caution. Here are some tips that will help keep you and your family safer as COVID-19 restrictions ease up.

  • Emergency Care Still Critical – and Safe – During COVID-19

    COVID-19 can't stop emergency care, so don't delay visiting the ER for a severe injury, heart attack, or stroke. Time is critical, and full safety precautions are in place.

  • Create Your Own Wellness Routine: Food, Nature, Creativity, Physical/Mental Health

    Quarantine got you down? Now is the perfect time to rewrite our routines and generate some new, healthy habits to help through these times and beyond.

  • Coronavirus Myths and Facts: Knowing the Difference May Save Your Life

    The sheer amount of COVID-19 information can be overwhelming. Our experts dive into some common myths about the virus and how you can use the truth through this difficult time.

  • How to Care for the Family Pet During COVID-19

    As our community continues to plan for the uncertainties of COVID-19, here are some tips for making our pets part of our preparedness plan, too.

  • Boosting Your Immune System: You Can Start Today

    With all the concern about COVID-19 and other viral infections like the flu, we need to look at what we can do to support our natural defense system.

  • Working from Home: Don’t Let the Coronavirus Make You Stir Crazy

    Working from home may sound like a dream come true--but being productive and avoiding distractions are harder than you think.

  • Coronavirus: Panic or Peace?

    It's easy for us to get overwhelmed when times are hard. One of Lee Health's spiritual services experts discusses panic vs. peace.

  • How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus

    Nonstop news coverage about the coronavirus is enough to unsettle anyone, but especially children. A pediatric psychologist says a calm talk based on the facts can ease your child's anxieties.