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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending March 19th

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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.

  • 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, offered insight to the Philadelphia Inquirer for an article about COVID-19 long-haul patients. The Temple Lung Center manages a Post-COVID Recovery Clinic.
  • Wadia Mulla, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Medical Director of Labor & Delivery at Temple University Hospital, discussed the coronavirus vaccines and pregnancy with FOX. The segment aired on FOX29 in Philadelphia as well as KTBC-TV in Austin, Texas; KMSP-TV in Minneapolis; WOFL-TV in Orlando; WTVT-TV in Tampa; WTTG-TV in Washington D.C.; and WAGA-TV in Atlanta.
  • Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, and her identical twin sister Dr. Elana McDonald, joined FOX29’s “Vax Facts” segment to discuss topics including side effects from the coronavirus vaccines, myths about the vaccines, and vaccine equity and access.
  • Dr. Wardlaw and Dr. McDonald were also interviewed for the “Movers & Shakers” issue of the Temple News, where they discussed promoting health care literacy through their Twin Sister Docs organization.
  • 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, provided perspective for a PhillyVoice article about the dramatic decline in flu activity during the 2020-2021 flu season thus far and how that decline relates to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The American Geriatrics Society News highlighted the Temple Pen Pal program, a student-run pen pal program in which the Section of Geriatric Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine collaborates with Lewis Katz School of Medicine students to match them with older North Philadelphia residents recruited from the Temple health clinic, nearby PACE program and a local church to exchange letters and combat social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aroonsiri Howell, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, is the faculty advisor for the program.