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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.

  • CDC Issues Booster Dose Recommendation

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    The CDC has made its recommendation for “booster” shots to help strengthen protection against severe disease in populations considered at high risk for exposure to COVID-19.

  • How to Trick-or-Treat Safely During COVID-19

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    Worried about Halloween and COVID-19? Here are some tips about masks, parties, candy bowls, and even pumpkin carving.

  • Ivermectin: Not an Approved Treatment for COVID-19

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    All you need to know about ivermectin.

  • COVID-19 Delta Variant: An Expert Q&A

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    Our resident expert answers questions about the COVID-19 Delta variant, vaccinations, masks, and other information you and your family need to know.

  • COVID-19 Long Haulers: Is There Help for Your Symptoms?

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    What are long-haul symptoms of COVID-19, and how can you handle them?

  • FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

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    Now that the Pfizer vaccine is officially approved, Lee Health experts hope more members of the Southwest Florida community will choose to get the shot.

  • Delta Variant: 'The War Has Changed’ on COVID-19

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges “the war has changed” in response to the delta variant of the coronavirus.

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

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    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

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

  • Traveling Soon? CDC Updates Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

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    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?

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    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

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    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…

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    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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can COVID-19 Harm Your Heart?

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    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?

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.