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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending December 3rd

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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.

  • 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, joined CBS3 to discuss what we know about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and how to best protect ourselves. Dr. Fekete recommended receiving COVID-19 (and flu) vaccinations and COVID-19 booster shots, as well as continuing to mask up and practice social distancing and good hand hygiene.
  • Jason C. Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, FIDP, FIDSA, BCPS, Clinical Professor and Director of the Postgraduate Year Two Infectious Diseases Residency at the Temple University School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Temple University Hospital, participated in a Q&A with HealthCentral about COVID-19 booster shots. Dr. Gallagher offered insight on topics including vaccine efficacy, mixing-and-matching COVID vaccines, and side effects.
  • Daniel A. Salerno, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of Critical Care Services in the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at Temple University Hospital, provided perspective to the Philadelphia Inquirer for an article about the importance of community and connection for patients with long COVID. Dr. Salerno shared that he recommends his patients with long COVID seek out support on social media sites, believing that the benefits outweigh the risks in these instances.
  • Dr. Salerno also spoke with Telemundo62 about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and recommended receiving COVID-19 vaccinations as well as safety measures such as social distancing.
  • Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, spoke with 6ABC about how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic while gathering with friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. Dr. Wardlaw encouraged COVID-19 vaccination, including booster shots, as well as mask-wearing and frequent hand-washing, to try to mitigate any post-holiday surge in cases.