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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic For the Week Ending December 25

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Temple University Health System’s preparations for and treatment of patients amidst the coronavirus pandemic continue to be part of the media’s COVID-19 coverage.

  • Temple Health employees began receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, December 16th leading to media coverage nationally and locally. The Washington Post published an extensive story and documentary-style video chronicling the first day of vaccinations at Temple University Hospital – Main Campus and the role that healthcare workers will now play as ambassadors for the new vaccine. Maria Reice, a nurse at Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus was interviewed live by Katie Couric on Instagram as she received her COVID-19 vaccine. The interview was also posted on YouTube. Adam C. Ehrlich, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Co-Medical Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program and Program Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship at Temple University Hospital, spoke with KYW Newsradio about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Daniel M. Geynisman, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Hematology/Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, provided perspective to Medscape for a study finding that delaying active cancer treatment to avoid COVID-19 should not be routinely recommended.
  • Dr. Adam Ehrlich also spoke with Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News about how the pandemic has affected GI fellowship applications.
  • Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP, Thomas Durant Chair and Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, was an expert guest on the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s podcast to discuss mental health for front line health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.