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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending March 27th

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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.             

  • Claire Raab, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer at Temple University Hospital, spoke with CBS3 about personal protective equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, and how the health system is preparing for their increased usage.
  • Philadelphia Magazine, the Temple News and CBS3 detailed the health system’s targeted appeal to vendors, health care providers, state and federal agencies, and others, for donated PPE equipment.
  • Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and Director of the Temple Lung Center, and Aditi G. Satti, MD, Associate Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery and Associate Professor in the Center for Asian Health at LKSOM and Director of the Smoking Cessation Program and Co-Director of Respiratory Therapy at Temple University Hospital, were interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer about the coronavirus, why individuals with respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be more at risk, and if the virus is pushing people to quit smoking.
  • Dr. Criner also participated in a live webcast with colleagues from China about the coronavirus. He discussed the U.S. status and shared his clinical expertise.
  • Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP, Chair and Professor in the Department of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, offered insight to Philadelphia Magazine on the course the coronavirus could take depending on what measures are implemented and when a vaccine becomes available.
  • Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, MSc, FACS, the David Myers, MD Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of the Temple Head and Neck Institute, joined NPR to describe how caring for patients in her field has changed due to the coronavirus, what her experience with the Air Force in Afghanistan has taught her in situations like this one, and why the spirit of collaboration among colleagues around the world gives her hope in the face of the pandemic.
  • Dr. Schmalbach also joined KYW Newsradio to discuss allergies vs. the coronavirus and when someone should be concerned and call their doctor.
  • David Fleece, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Temple University Hospital and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, described the effectiveness of homemade face masks for a Philadelphia Inquirer article on the subject.
  • 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, spoke with FOX29 about the medications chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which are often taken by patients with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Some of those patients are having difficulty accessing the drugs after reports that they may help treat the coronavirus.
  • Jamie Garfield, MD, Associate Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Assistant Chief Quality Officer for Temple Faculty Physicians, and Director of Quality and Improvement and Patient Safety for the Internal Medicine Residency at Temple University Hospital, discussed the coronavirus and smoking, and what the LGBTQ+ community should know for an article with them.
  • Dr. Garfield also joined the RT Magazine podcast to provide perspective on the coronavirus, treatment for COVID-19, PPE, telehealth and other related topics.
  • Jason Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, FIDP, FIDSA, BCPS, Clinical Professor at the Temple University School of Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Temple University Hospital and Director of the Postgraduate Year Two Infectious Diseases Residency at the Temple University School of Pharmacy, moderated a live webcast with Contagion Live about the coronavirus, including a discussion about the latest data, best practices, and investigational treatments. Dr. Gallagher, who is editor-in-chief of Contagion, will also participate in a live webcast with the Pharmacy Times on Saturday, March 28.