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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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.

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

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    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…

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Please Wear a Mask: It Will Take All of Us to Help Stop COVID-19

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    The studies show: Masks work. So where do we go from here? A Lee Health expert says we should put into practice what we already know.

  • Leaving on a Jet Plane: How to Fly Safer During COVID-19

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    Flying carries a whole host of risks for travelers in these times of COVID-19. Learn from an expert on how to prepare and protect yourself.

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

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

  • 3 New COVID-19 Symptoms to Watch For

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Stepping Out? CDC Issues New Guidelines to Protect Yourself and Others

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    The CDC stresses that safety guidelines are essential this summer as Southwest Florida residents become more active. Find out how you can keep yourself safe from COVID-19.

  • Don't Let Up: Why COVID Safety Protocols are Vital Right Now

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    COVID-19 safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing masks are essential if the number of cases is to drop. Hear from Lee Health's top safety expert.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Contact Tracing: Explaining this Key to Staying Safe During COVID-19

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    You can’t be too safe these days, and a key precaution to keep COVID-19 from spreading is contact tracing. Learn more about what contact tracing is and how it can help.

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

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    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.

  • No Need to Fear: Safety First Leads Lee Health Reopening

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    There is plenty of COVID-19 fear out there, but as Lee Health resumes elective surgeries and procedures, officials want community members to know that strict measures are in place to keep you safe, secure and healthy.

  • List of COVID-19 Symptoms Reaches 9: CDC Adds 6 More

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    Keep up to date on the latest list of COVID-19 symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Should You Wear Gloves to the Grocery Store? (And Then What?)

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    Gloves can help keep you safe when you are grocery shopping, but what do you do after you're finished? And how do you remove them without risking contamination?

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

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    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

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    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.

  • Developing COVID-19 Immunity: How New Serology Tests Work

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    The CDC is working on new tests that might help treat people with COVID-19.

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

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    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.

  • Tom Hanks' COVID Recovery: Perspective and Taking One Day at a Time 

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    Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, made the news recently after they were diagnosed with COVID-19. Their recovery pushes certain quick lessons into the limelight.

  • Sleep and Home-Schooling: How to Keep Your Kids Well-Rested During COVID

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    Parents should keep a close eye on their children's sleep habits during COVID-19. A Lee Health sleep medicine expert has some tips to ensure better rest.

  • What to Buy? Grocery Shopping During a Pandemic

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    As our community continues to react and adapt to COVID-19, here are some grocery shopping tips from a Lee Health dietitian.

  • Virus Anxiety: How to Take Care of Ourselves and Others

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    How do we cope with COVID-19? Here are some helpful tips from one of our mental and behavioral health experts.

  • COVID-19: Should You Get Tested?

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    Questions about COVID-19 testing continue to circulate. What do you need to know?

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

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    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

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    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.

  • Quarantine, Isolation, Social Distancing: How Do They Work?

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    COVID-19 is introducing new terms into common conversation. But what do they mean and how do they work?

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

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    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?

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

  • Coronavirus Update-Where should I go for care? (Video)

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    Know where to go when deciding how to get treatment if you think you might have signs of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus

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    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.

  • Coronavirus vs. the Flu: What’s the Difference?

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    As concern spreads about the coronavirus (COVID-19), many people are searching for information about symptoms and how they may or may not differ from the common cold or the flu.