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Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Volume 11 Issue 27 Covid Update #38

Just when you think that the information on SARS2 Covid19 is slowing to a crawl with new discovery, a favorite researcher publishes a truly remarkable bit of scientific discovery. Dr. Alessio Fasano is featured below in Number 6 and his work is really important. A little science heavy but critical for children. There is a take home summary as well. Don’t miss this information.
Quick hits
1) CDC data on adolescent hospitalizations: COVID-19 adolescent hospitalization rates from COVID-NET peaked at 2.1 per 100,000 in early January 2021, declined to 0.6 in mid-March, and rose to 1.3 in April. Among hospitalized adolescents, nearly one third required intensive care unit admission, and 5% required invasive mechanical ventilation; no associated deaths occurred….. Read more at this link: https://www.salisburypediatrics.com/patient-education/dr-magryta-s-newsletter/964-volume-11-letter-27-coronavirus-update-38

5 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe From Covid-19 (Pedcast)

Seems like the natural world is infecting human kind with some nasty pathogens these days. Just think about it, in just the past 20 years we have had to deal with SARS-CoV-1 (likely coming from bats), and MERS (a camel cold virus), H1N1 (from pigs and birds), and Zika jumping from rhesus monkeys to humans via mosquitoes. And this is just a partial list. In a world where pathogens are coming at us faster than a major league fastball, it’s time for us to learn more about epidemics and more importantly, how to defend ourselves.  That’s exactly what we are going to do in today’s pedcast.

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Are You Mitigating the Legacy of Covid-19 on Your Children (Pedcast)

Want to learn how to minimize the effects of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on your children? Stay tuned and I’ll give you my perspective.

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5 Important Things You Need to Teach Your Children During a Pandemic (Pedcast written by Sonya Corina Williams and Doc Smo )

I think it’s fair to say that we’re living through unprecedented circumstances that are disruptive, unprecedented, and downright scary.  But there may be a silver lining; with the current “social distancing” and “stay-at-home” orders, we have an unplanned opportunity to spend more time with our children. Stretches of unscheduled time to spend with your children is truly a gift. Why not make the most of this time by teaching them important skills and lessons about life?  Your influence in your children’s lives has just been heightened and believe it or not, when you speak, they listen. Don’t miss this opportunity.  Take advantage to teach and lead.

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“Corona Safe Shake” or “Elbowla” Can Save Lives

Hey parents, a quick pedcast to help keep you and your children safe during the corona outbreak of 2020. A few years ago, during the ebola outbreak, I coined the term “Elbowla”. It’s a hands free handshake that eliminates a lot of the spread of germs from person to person. Now in the era of corona virus, I am reintroducing it but calling it the “Corona safeshake”. Stay tuned to learn more.

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Zika Fever Has Arrived (Pedcast)

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Let me tell you, Zika fever has definitely arrived in Charlotte as I suspect it has in most of the US, No, not the disease, but a fever pitch of concern among couples of reproductive age. Mosquito born and potentially devastating for unborn babies, Zika could be a serious threat to our unborn.  There is an uneasiness that you can feel among the 20 and 30 somethings. Like a first trimester pregnant young mom who recently asked me about what precautions she should be taking with regards to mosquitos, or the worried parents who are asking about whether they should go on international travel trips and risk a Zika infection, or a family with a child who has severe neurologic problems who asked me was she responsible for her child’s problems by taking a vacation to the Caribbean when she was 18 weeks pregnant.  In other words, there is fever pitch of concern about Zika, so in today’s podcast, I thought it is time for you to learn what we know to date about this emerging disease. Continue reading