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  • Need Medical Attention? Play it Safe During COVID-19 With a Virtual Health Visit

    March 27, 2020

    Dr. Mark Prete, Hartford HealthCare Senior Vice President and Hartford HealthCare Medical Group President, discusses virtual health’s role during the COVID-19 pandemic and also how it’s being used by medical specialists in a March 26 visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Here is an edited version of the interview: Q: Hartford HealthCare…

  • Hartford Hospital ER Nurse: It’s ‘Morale and Resilience’

    March 26, 2020

    Life in the Emergency Department is often hectic and unpredictable, but nurse Audrey Scott says the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has sparked deeper connections between staff and the community. Scott, who is assistant nurse manager of the Hartford Hospital Emergency Department, said during a March 26 press briefing that she is…

  • Digestive Symptoms Now Linked to COVID-19

    March 26, 2020

    Fever, cough, shortness of breath – we all know the well-publicized symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19) by now, but research from the pandemic epicenter in China indicates that digestive symptoms need to be added to that list. According to a study published in the latest issue of the American Journal of…

  • Alert: Beware of Fake In-Home COVID-19 Tests

    March 26, 2020

    On the heels of a federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning about the health risks posed by fake in-home test kids for coronavirus (COVID-19), a Hartford HealthCare infectious disease specialist underscored the need to seek care only from trusted sources. “You should only be using a test that has…

  • Pregnant in the COVID-19 Pandemic: What to Know

    March 26, 2020

    Pregnant? This is an unusual time in healthcare with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some recommendations from Hartford HealthCare to keep you and your baby safe. Remember, these are for educational purposes only. They do not replace any medical advice that you receive from your healthcare provider. How can I protect…

  • ‘Flattening the COVID-19 Curve’: When Will it Happen?

    March 25, 2020

    Dr. Ajay Kumar, Chief Clinical Officer with Hartford HealthCare (HHC), offered this update March 25 on COVID-19 testing, personal protection equipment (PPE) donations and surge planning on Wednesday. He then fielded questions from local media. Using the word “optimistic” more than once regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kumar said thoughtful…

  • When COVID-19 Turns to Attacks Against Millennials, Asian Americans

    March 25, 2020

    A 20-something professional was running on a trail near her house this week to expend excess energy and anxiety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic when she was ambushed by the nasty comments of an older woman walking nearby. “Millennials! That’s why this is happening!” the older woman yelled, referring to…

  • COVID-19 Clinical Update: PPE Donations, Patient-Surge Planning

    March 24, 2020

    Dr. Ajay Kumar, Chief Clinical Officer at Hartford HealthCare, offered this update March 24 on COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment (PPE) donations and surge planning. He then fielded questions from local media. Daily, Dr. Kumar said Hartford HealthCare teams have been examining the system’s surge capacity and ability to tap…

  • Wanted: Blood Donations for Non-Coronavirus Patients

    March 24, 2020

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients don’t need blood transfusions, but the pandemic’s spread and related concerns about gathering in groups has triggered a severe shortage of blood supplies for those in emergency situations who do. Social-distancing directives have caused the cancellation of nearly 6,000 American Red Cross blood drives nationwide and more…

  • It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere: Why Not Try Virtual Social Hosting?

    March 23, 2020

    While we’re all busy social distancing, many of our hearts ache for the exact opposite – hugs, laughter, the clinking of glasses full of shared cheer – so why not try virtual social hosting? Technology like Zoom, Google Hangout and FaceTime allows us to connect with people through video chat…


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