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COVID-19 Asymptomatic Carriers and Antibody Tests

April 23, 2020

As experts work to slow the COVID-19 spread, they focus on issues such as learning how the virus spreads, determining who has the virus, and learning who has developed immunity. Because it's a new virus, but linked to other viruses, these answers are complex. Allison Baroco, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist at Augusta Health, and Stefanie Bartley, BSN RN an Infection Prevention Specialist, discuss two important concepts—asymptomatic carriers and antibody tests. What is an asymptomatic carrier? How many asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers do we have? "An asymptomatic carrier is someone who has... Continue Reading

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Eating Well at Home: Plan Meals Together

April 22, 2020

So many of us are dealing with a lot of change, stress and uncertainty during this time. However, in speaking with my fellow Augusta Health Dietitians, we have all agreed upon one "silver lining"—the connections we are creating with our family members during meal time. Instead of nights full of sports practices and homework, we are sitting around the table enjoying a healthy meal and each other's company. According to Augusta Health dietitian Cheryl Miller MS, RD, "One of the first things you can do as a family is to plan the meals together. Let each family member pick a night and they get to... Continue Reading

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Cardiac Disease and COVID-19

April 21, 2020

Most of the attention about morbidity and mortality associated with the COVID infection has focused on lung issues, respiratory failure, and ventilator requirement. The physicians from Augusta Health Cardiology, including Medical Director Dave Varma, MD, want to make sure patients with heart disease are aware that there are some cardiovascular implications of this infection also. First, there is the tendency for patients to put off attention to heart disease and their cardiac health during the time of this pandemic. We want to emphasize that patients who are suffering from an acute heart... Continue Reading

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Healthy at Home: Exercising while Isolating

April 20, 2020

Even though our regular gyms and fitness centers are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn't mean we should stop exercising. Research indicates that keeping a regular, daily exercise routine—even during isolation—strengthens our immune system. Oliva Hall, Operations Manager at Augusta Health Fitness talks about staying 'Healthy at Home: Exercising while Isolating'. What are the benefits of exercise to the immune system? We all understand that exercise and fitness are part of a healthy lifestyle, and for years we've all exercised to control our weight and help reduce our risk of... Continue Reading

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A Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole with Pantry Staples

April 17, 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. 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 managing your own diet and meal planning during this... Continue Reading

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Heroes at Work: Finding Purpose

April 16, 2020

Sometimes your profession can change when you least expect it. You find that your normal daily routine changes due to circumstances out of your control, but you are the kind of person that picks up and takes control where you are needed. You are a dedicated health care worker and will do anything to help your colleagues and most importantly, the patients. In the past few weeks, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, several employees at Augusta Health have been re-deployed to new roles. The new roles have been assigned based on skill sets, but those skill sets are now used in new and different... Continue Reading

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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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