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Vulnerable Patients During COVID-19: How Can Community Paramedicine Programs Keep People Safe at Home?

Note, while this narrative is based on a real patient, names have been changed to protect privacy. “Is it safe?” she asks, “We see the news, my mother is old and frail, what if she catches COVID?” I observe Maria, who smiles despite the obvious discomfort on her face. Maria’s skin is paper thin, marred […]

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Catching a flight? Here’s how to not catch COVID, too.

I get it! Flights are cheap and hotels are desperate for tourists, and you’ve been cooped up for nearly a year. And Florida has the best weather around this time of year. I understand completely – you want to travel. With COVID-19 still in the air (and in the lungs of the passenger sitting next […]

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How Can We Save Everything the ACA Protects: The Answer is Georgia!

COVID-19 has ravaged economies and devastated communities worldwide and has not spared the United States. Despite ample resources, biomedical advancements, and scientific expertise, the nation still ranks number 1 in the world for its number of reported cases. However, according to an assessment conducted by the Global Health Security Index, the U.S. received a top […]

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COVID-19 and Maternal Equity: Two Crises that Intersect

In a pandemic that disproportionately affects Black individuals, it is abundantly clear that racism in medicine is both prevalent and fatal. It is especially scary when those conditions coincide with pregnancy. Numerous studies have shown us that Black women die from pregnancy-related causes at three to four times the rate of white women every year […]

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The COVID-19 Crisis Reveals a Deeper Sickness in Our Prisons and Jails

While facilitating health education classes at a local jail, I was personally struck by this simple truth: People while incarcerated don’t have the freedom to take control of their health. No matter how well I taught about analyzing nutrition labels, they were still given the same carbohydrate and fat-heavy foods. No matter how passionately I […]