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What You Need to Know About Children and COVID-19

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 2, 2021

We have been worried about impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our older population. A significant percentage of people who have become seriously ill or died are seniors with other health issues.

There is growing concern, though, about children – and the long-term effects of contracting the virus, even when the symptoms are mild. Research shows that while rare, children can become very sick with COVID-19, and even die.

Also, children without symptoms might be carriers of the virus – easily spreading it to their parents, grandparents and other adult family members.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 11 percent of patients with COVID-19 are children. Children make up 1 to 3.6 percent of total reported COVID-19, hospitalizations, and between 0.6 and 6.9 percent of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization. Here is some information you need to know as a parent:

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Topics: Pediatrics, COVID-19

What To Do If a Family Member Has COVID-19

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 30, 2020

As the percentage of Hoosiers testing positive for the coronavirus continues to exceed double-digits, chances are higher someone in your home may become infected.

The symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe, and many people testing positive ride out the illness at home. That means family members and others in the household need to provide care while protecting themselves from the highly contagious pandemic virus.

If others in your home contract the coronavirus, here are ways to help them as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Board of Health:

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Topics: COVID-19

What We Know About Smoking and Covid-19

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 19, 2020

Maybe you are taking all precautions possible to prevent the infection of Covid-19. Maybe you are wearing a mask while in the public, staying socially distant from others and washing your hands often.

But if you are a smoker, have you considered stopping to reduce the risk of getting or having complications from the coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

We don’t know exactly, yet, the correlation between smoking and COVID-19. But this is certain at this time, according to Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC:

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Topics: COVID-19

The Whys and Hows of Wearing a Mask During the Pandemic

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 15, 2020

While the benefits of wearing a mask during the Covid-19 outbreak has been politically controversial, the science is clear.

The mask, when worn by everyone while in the public, is an important tool in the fight against this pandemic.

There were many unknowns in the initial wave of this health crisis. Researchers were uncertain whether a mask protected people from the airborne drops containing the coronavirus.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially said wearing masks was essential in preventing people who were infected with coronavirus — whether they know it or not — from spreading it to others.

New research touted by the CDC now indicates the wearer gets some protection, too. We know now that wearing one in the public helps protect everyone.

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Topics: COVID-19

5 Ways to Help Those Serving on the Front Lines of Pandemic

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 3, 2020

They are on the front lines of a war.

Healthcare providers, first responders and essential workers leave their homes each day to serve others impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They are treating patients suffering from the disease, answering 911s call or gathering and delivering groceries.

They put themselves in danger of exposure because that’s what they do – and because they also have to provide for their families.

Their dedication has been one of the remarkable stories during this pandemic. Some have become sick from the virus. Others have stayed away from their families to avoid spreading it. Others have given their lives.

Without question, we owe them our sincerest gratitude. Because most of us are self-isolated in our homes, we wonder how to show our appreciation.

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Topics: COVID-19

What to Do While in Isolation: Eat, Sleep, Exercise Right

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 13, 2020

You know you should stay at a distance to help avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. You also know to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water and to wear a mask when going to the grocery store or on other essential trips.

But what can you do to keep yourself healthy while staying at home – in isolation while waiting for state and local health officials to say it is safe to venture out again?

There are three critical areas to focus on: eating right, getting enough sleep and exercising your body.

Let’s explore:

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Topics: COVID-19

Take Care of Your Mental Health, Too, During This Outbreak

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 3, 2020

Part 2 of 2

Our routines are disrupted. We are worried about our health and finances while dealing with this COVID-19 outbreak.

Beyond taking precautions with our physical health, we need to care for our mental well-being during isolation.

Here are some coping strategies:

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Topics: COVID-19

Signs That Isolation Is Impacting Your Mental Health

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 3, 2020

Part 1 of 2

The fear about your physical health and finances are overwhelming right now as you deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Your worries are real. That’s is why it is important to care for your mental outlook as we work through social distancing and isolation. As you reflect on what is happening, please keep this in mind:

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Topics: COVID-19