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Commitment required for final push in pandemic marathon

It has been said that complacency is the enemy of progress. This is no less true in public and personal health than it is in our corporate culture and professional lives. It especially hold...

Feeling pandemic fatigue? The end is in sight, stay the course

These days one of the most common questions I get asked is about how and when the COVID-19 pandemic will end. More than a year into the declared public health emergency, so-calle...

Transparency, education key to vaccine campaign

A year into the declared pandemic, it feels to many like COVID-19 is dragging on. Indeed, this last year seems much longer than just 12 months. That said, public health experts h...

Vaccines can help combat COVID-19 variants

In a little more than a year since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 American lives have been lost. We passed this grim number within the last week. As...

In remarkable year, medical science rises to test of fighting COVID-19

January is a time for new starts and resolutions. But like other beginnings, the first month of the year for many is a time for reflection on the year past and any lessons it may have to tea...

Groundwork behind COVID-19 vaccines allowed for quick launch

As we approach the end of 2020, I think that we can all agree that this year has been a challenge on many levels. The COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions and resulted in the ...

Colder months increase importance of public health measures

Winter is coming. In the early spring of 1918, the United States was mobilizing for World War I. Young men traveled from their hometowns to military training camps. But a new thre...

Rigorous process guides development of COVID-19 vaccines

It is becoming increasingly clear that a COVID-19 vaccine will not likely be widely available this year. Public health experts are also uniform in their guidance that a vaccine o...

Simple, crucial ways to curb spread of virus

There has been some recent discussion about routes of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. While it has long been acknowledged that this coronavirus spreads...

Getting a flu shot is especially crucial this year

In a normal year, around this time I begin preparing for influenza season by recommending vaccination. In a normal year, I reflect on the decades-long proven safety of the flu vaccine. In a ...

Serious illness in children linked to coronavirus infection

The novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, which is responsible for COVID-19 disease, causes a broad range of health effects. Because of the newness of the virus and the disease...

Chronic, acute health issues have not disappeared

As a primary care physician, there is one thing lately that concerns me even more than COVID-19: important health issues that are being ignored because of COVID-19. High blood pr...