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Coverage Of The Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending December 18th

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  • Temple Health employees began receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, December 16th leading to extensive media coverage nationally and locally.  The New York Times featured a photo from Temple’s first vaccinations on the front page of its Friday print edition as well as at the top of its coverage and on its U.S. news homepage. WHYY also published photos from Temple’s first day of vaccinations. The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Temple University Hospital nurses Stacy Delaney and Charlene Grier for an article about the historic occasion, and Maura Sammon, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, spoke with the publication about her excitement, while acknowledging that the pandemic is not over yet. CBS3-TV interviewed Temple University Hospital Nurse Manager Carrie Murawski and nurse Mary Ellen Day about their experiences receiving the vaccine. 6ABC highlighted a tweet from the @TempleHealth account that showed staff proudly displaying their COVID-19 vaccination stickers.
  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital, spoke with the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Business Journal, 6ABC, NBC10, CBS3, FOX29, Metro and KYW Newsradio about Temple’s preparations for storing, handling and administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Caitlin C. McLean, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of Rhinology at Temple University Hospital, provided perspective to ENTtoday on differentiating between COVID-19, sinus infections and upper respiratory tract infections; on maintaining safety protocols during the pandemic; and on treating symptoms that continue to linger in patients recovering from the coronavirus.