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What if I'm Positive for COVID-19?

April 14, 2020

As more and more community members are exposed and tested for COVID-19, more will receive the information that they have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. And most who are confirmed positive will have the same question, "So what happens now that I'm positive?" For patients who are tested by Augusta Health, the first question that is answered actually is, "What happens while I have a pending test result for COVID-19?" That's because most patients will go home to wait for the results of the test—but they won't go home alone. Patients tested at one of the Augusta Health facilities, the COVID... Continue Reading

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Tips for Healthy Pantry Staples

April 14, 2020

Augusta Health's dietitians understand that healthy eating can be challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like you, they've personally been facing the challenge of preparing healthy meals while limiting trips to the grocery stores. So they've turned to articles and blogs written by fellow dietitians in order to plan and prepare meals for themselves and their families. Here's their list of healthy pantry staples. Over the next few weeks, they'll be sharing some of the healthy recipes and meal ideas that they themselves have prepared and enjoyed. If you are looking for assistance with... Continue Reading

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Considerations for Lung Disease and COVID-19

April 13, 2020

This is an unsettling time for many people, especially for people who have existing medical conditions like lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). So if you have COPD or another lung disease, what should you know about COVID-19 and what actions should you take to be prepared? George Verghese, MD, a pulmonologist and critical care physician with Augusta Health Pulmonology, provides this information: What is my risk for COVID-19 if I am a Pulmonary patient? People who have lung disease are not more likely to get COVID-19; however, people who have pulmonary disease... Continue Reading

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It Takes A Village: A Library’s 3D Vision

April 10, 2020

It takes a village to battle a pandemic. Every day, healthcare workers use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect themselves, patients and others while providing care. Properly using PPE helps prevent the spread of infection. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased demand for PPE. This demand has diminished the supply, and the PPE shortages are creating tremendous challenges for hospitals and healthcare systems around the world. For Augusta Health, facing this challenge has been eased by the community that surrounds it. The Augusta Health Foundation is coordinating the... Continue Reading

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Quit Smoking to Boost Your Immune System

April 10, 2020

It's always a good time to stop smoking, but the current COVID-19 outbreak adds an even greater sense of urgency. COVID-19 is a lung disease, and for those who become seriously ill or die from it, respiratory failure or significant lung damage is common. The lungs are most susceptible to the virus and the cascade of events that follow a viral infection of the lungs. Smoking harms the immune system and makes the body less successful at fighting lung diseases. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of ways that lung health can improve in just days... Continue Reading

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It Takes a Village: Distilleries

April 9, 2020

It takes a village to battle a pandemic. Every day, healthcare workers use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect themselves, patients and others while providing care. Properly using PPE helps prevent the spread of infection. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased demand for PPE. This demand has diminished the supply, and the PPE shortages are creating tremendous challenges for hospitals and healthcare systems around the world. For Augusta Health, facing this challenge has been eased by the community that surrounds it. The Augusta Health Foundation is coordinating the... Continue Reading

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What should I know about Diabetes and COVID-19?

April 9, 2020

This is an unsettling time for many people, especially for people who have existing medical conditions such as diabetes. So if you have diabetes, whether you are concerned or not, it's good to take steps to be prepared and get some information on your increased risk for complications from COVID-19. What Can I Do to be Prepared? Everyone has their own diabetes treatment plan, but here are some general preparation guidelines based on the American Diabetes Association recommendations. You should have: Extra supplies on-hand (rubbing alcohol, hand soap, blood glucose testing strips, needles, etc... Continue Reading

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It Takes a Village: Mask Makers

April 8, 2020

It takes a village to battle a pandemic. Every day, healthcare workers use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect themselves, patients, and others while providing care. Properly using PPE helps prevent the spread of infection. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased demand for PPE. This demand has diminished the supply, and the PPE shortages are creating tremendous challenges for hospitals and healthcare systems around the world. For Augusta Health, facing this challenge has been eased by the community that surrounds it. The Augusta Health Foundation is coordinating... Continue Reading

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Great Hope in the Midst of This Pandemic

April 8, 2020

We work hard to be in control of our lives. We have work plans, summer plans, retirement plans, house plans, yard plans, educational plans, worship plans, childcare plans and on and on. We are used to small interruptions in our plans that come from weather, or illness, or traffic jams. We are not used to dealing with the mighty disruption that a worldwide Pandemic has created. This is a whole new ballgame with new rules that are being created day by day. It is upsetting, mind-boggling, overwhelming, and at times downright frightening. We are all being challenged to let go of normalcy more... Continue Reading

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6 Practical Steps to Manage Stress

April 7, 2020

Manage your stress. It's great advice, but difficult at any time—and the COVID-19 outbreak makes the idea of managing stress an even taller order. Concern about your own health and the health of loved ones, coupled with an overwhelming amount of information about events around the world just add to the stress. Two major stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, can weaken the immune system. So learning to manage stress can support and boost the immune system to help keep you as healthy as possible is perhaps more important now than ever. Here are six practical steps you can take to manage the... Continue Reading

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