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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending July 30th

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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, spoke to NBC10 for two segments about the CDC’s recommendation to wear masks again indoors in areas where there is higher transmission of the coronavirus.
  • WHYY interviewed 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, about how treatment for hospitalized and non-hospitalized patients with COVID-19 has evolved and about his concerns with the pandemic (and flu season) going forward.
  • Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP, Thomas Durant Chair and Professor in the Department of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, joined area health care colleagues for a Q&A with the Philadelphia Inquirer about what those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should keep in mind during this next phase of the pandemic.
  • Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Project, which tracks public opinion about vaccination. Dr. Wardlaw described the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in swaying individuals toward vaccination, as well as the impact that the delta variant’s rise is having in her patients’ decision-making process.
  • Dr. Wardlaw joined Matt O’Donnell on 6ABC’s Inside Story to address vaccine hesitancy and joined 6ABC reporter Jaclyn Lee to discuss the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • COVID-19 vaccination rates among Philadelphia’s Latino population have increased faster than those of any other race or ethnicity demographic across the city in recent weeks. Temple University Health System’s focus on the community and partnership with Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha were featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the topic.
  • Jessica H. Beard, MD, MPH, FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and Director of Trauma Research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, joined WHYY’s Radio Times program to discuss Philadelphia’s increase in firearm violence and the need to address it from a public health perspective. Dr. Beard led a team which published a research letter in JAMA earlier this year that found a significant and sustained increase in firearm violence in the city following the enactment of COVID-19 containment policies.