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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending January 7th

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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.

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Tony S. Reed, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System, about how the health system is safely and effectively managing operations during the latest COVID-19 surge.
  • Dr. Reed spoke with WHYY about what we’ve learned about COVID-19, the vaccines and the variants in 2021 and what questions remain as we head into 2022.
  • Dr. Reed provided perspective for a Philadelphia Inquirer article about increasing COVID-19 cases among hospitality workers. He emphasized the importance of multiple layers of protection against COVID-19, including vaccination, mask-wearing and handwashing.
  • Dr. Reed also offered insight to the Temple News for an article about COVID-19 booster shots.
  • 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, spoke with WHYY about “flurona,” or testing positive for the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously.
  • 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, joined Telemundo62 to discuss COVID-19, the highly contagious Omicron variant and rapid testing.
  • 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, offered insight to NBC News about the need for doctors and pharmacists to monitor patients prescribed Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s molnupiravir, the first antiviral pills for COVID-19, for interactions with other widely used medications. AOL and Yahoo! News picked up the NBC News piece.
  • Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, joined 6ABC’s Brian Taff to discuss the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, including testing, and to advocate for vaccination, booster shots and mitigation measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing and handwashing.
  • Dr. Wardlaw also offered the Philadelphia Inquirer recommendations for New Year’s gatherings.