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Soothing for an Anxious Time: Being Alone Can Be Hard

April 16, 2020

One of the side effects of Social Distancing is that people who live alone can become even more isolated. When people who live alone are very socially connected and have lots of technical ability to visit friends and family using virtual means (computers, phones, tablets) they can tolerate this "Shelter in Place" time fairly well. And there are a few people who actually enjoy alone time and feel quite nourished by it. If they have a phone they can connect with family and friends as needed. But there are people in our lives and in our communities who are particularly isolated. They may even... Continue Reading

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Continuing to Flatten the Curve

April 15, 2020

Viruses and germs are her specialty, and she's spent an entire career working on preventing the spread of disease to keep the community well. While all outbreaks have challenges, the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have been a once-in-a-century battle for nurses and Infection Prevention specialists like Stefanie Bartley, BSN, RN. She and her colleagues work each day to prevent the spread of the disease through surveillance and education—working collaboratively with clinical colleagues at Augusta Health, Public Health and patients. Is Social Distancing Working? How do we... Continue Reading

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Soothing for Anxious Time: Dealing with Irritability

April 15, 2020

"Sheltering in Place" or staying at home day after day as we wait for the "All Clear" message to get back into the world is hard for most people. We are used to our freedom of movement. We enjoy going out and visiting, shopping, playing, hiking, exploring, etc. Though we love our families tremendously we also love our private time and our time away from home. And now we are isolating either alone (which has its own set of frustrations) or with our families. All of the togetherness can make us irritable especially if one or more family members is trying to work or study from home. This can be... Continue Reading

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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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