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  • While there remains a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the new school year, your child’s health should remain a priority. No matter which grade your child is about to enter, a routine physical exam is an important back-to-school preparation. This annual physical is often combined with a sports physical, required if your child will be participating in extracurricular activities this school year, even if school sports look differently than years prior. For student athletes, early detection of critica...

  • Researchers identify six symptom clusters associated with the coronavirus With some of the first research studies of the coronavirus starting to appear in clinical publications, more information on symptoms and their level of severity are becoming clear. Specifically, researchers from King’s College in London recently concluded and published their examination of COVID-19 patients and determined the coronavirus presents in six specific ‘symptom clusters.’ Symptom clusters are groups of symptoms (two or m...

  • Know more about your hand sanitizer The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still highly recommends regular hand washing (with plain soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds) as the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection and decrease the risk of getting sick. However, in this time of COVID-19 and heightened awareness of hand hygiene, a sink, running water and soap are not always readily available, making hand sanitizer the next best option, as recommended by the CDC. Will any...

  • With communities and businesses opening, you may be looking for safe ways to regain some pre-COVID-19 normalcy. While there is no way to guarantee zero risk of infection, it’s important to understand the potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention methods to protect yourself and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. In general, the more closely you interact with others for a long period of time, the higher risk of COVID-19 infection. So, think about: How many people with you interact wi...

  • Some question masks' usefulness, but data proves their ability to slow the spread Amid a surge of positive COVID-19 tests across Michigan, a mandate has been ordered for everyone to wear a mask or face covering when venturing out into public. Even before the mandate, wearing a mask was strongly encouraged by public health experts while also being a strong topic of contention. However, scientific studies support the fact that widespread mask usage along with other mitigation strategies – such as social d...

  • Dr. Elfatih Abter   There will come a day when the practices of social distancing and wearing a mask will no longer be required. But until that day arrives, public health experts and infectious disease specialists alike urge everyone to continue those proven mitigation strategies in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “COVID-19 changed everything, and it has forced us all to sacrifice for the health of ourselves and those around us,” said Dr. Elfatih Abter, an infectious disease direct...

  • Summer is the season for working and playing outdoors in Michigan. With the onset of summer, it is also the time to emphasize the importance of preventing and treating heat-related illness. Heat-related illness and deaths are preventable, yet more than 600 people die from extreme heat every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The common denominators of heat illness prevention are water, rest and shade. Getting plenty of all three when outdoors is the best way to beat...

  • Summer has brought with it sun and warmer weather, but it also kicks off the start of the allergy season. And with the unfortunate unique circumstances the world finds itself in amid the COVID-19 outbreak, many may mistake their common allergy symptoms for those of the coronavirus. Coughing, headache and sore throat are symptoms any allergy sufferer may experience on any given high-pollen day, so the question becomes: how can you tell the difference between allergies and COVID-19? Allergists and immunol...

  • Along with at least six feet of social distancing, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the wearing of a mask or face covering whenever out in public or around others as a measure aimed to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Months into the pandemic, with mask usage now commonplace, questions are being raised about proper cleaning instructions for cloth masks. (Note that soiled clinical masks cannot be washed and re-used. They should be discarded.) The CDC has provided its recomme...

  • EEE: What you should know

    Lapeer and Genesee County, amongst others, have been identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as high-risk areas for the dangerous mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  EEE is carried by certain types of mosquitoes in Michigan and is a potentially serious disease that can affect anyone. Children and adults over 60 are more likely, however, to experience the more severe form of EEE illness. The only way to protect yourself from the virus is to avo...