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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending January 8th

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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.

  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about coronavirus vaccination plans, including how the rollout is going for Temple Health employees and how the process may work for patients when the time comes. Dr. Reed emphasized that Temple expects to partner with churches and community centers to bring vaccination sites into Philadelphia’s neighborhoods as well.
  • Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of the Temple Lung Center, joined NBC10 to discuss non-invasive nasal high flow therapy compared to a ventilator for COVID-19.
  • Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, and her identical twin sister Dr. Elana McDonald shared their vaccination experience with the Philadelphia Tribune. The two discussed what went into their decision to receive the coronavirus vaccine, which Dr. Wardlaw also explained in two segments with 6ABC.
  • 6ABC also interviewed Respiratory Therapist Shanti Welch and Mohammed Abul Kashem, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Research) at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, about their reasons for receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
  • Amir Emamifar, PharmD, MBA, Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer of Temple University Health System, spoke with 6ABC about the logistics of administering coronavirus vaccinations.
  • Whitney V. Cabey, MD, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and in the Center for Urban Bioethics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, reflected on a conversation she had with a frontline worker about receiving the coronavirus vaccine as part of a WHYY article on the subject.
  • Sara Goldrick-Rab, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Medicine at Temple University and Founding Director of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, penned an article for the Atlantic urging Congress to offer assistance to students, many of whom have faced food and/or housing insecurity as well as difficulty with tuition during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mari Siegel, an Emergency Medicine Physician at Temple University Hospital, spoke with the Philadelphia Citizen about how she and her husband, Edward Siegel, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, have been sharing photos of themselves and information about receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
  • Juan Lucas Poggio, MD, Professor of Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, participated in an interview with Radio 2, a station in Rosario, Argentina. Dr. Poggio joined Roberto Caferra on the morning program to discuss the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine and the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
  • ENTtoday highlighted the report published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases that identified criteria that could readily be used in clinical practice to potentially head off the worst of a hyper-immune attack known as cytokine storm, raising the possibility for early therapeutic intervention in COVID-19 patients. Roberto Caricchio, MD, FACR, Chief of the Section of Rheumatology, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of the Temple Lupus Program at Temple University Hospital, is the report’s lead author.