COVID19

Guidance about covid tests and holiday travel

Happy Holidays to all of you.  Last week, we shared some news related to the vaccine developments.  Today we’d like to share guidance about holiday travel. Unfortunately, we still find ourselves in the midst of the pandemic. Holidays can be stressful and also isolating for many, and this is especially more acute this year.  The…

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Good News About Vaccines on the Horizon

What good news it is to hear that several effective vaccines are on the horizon! This week, I had the pleasure of listening to a panel of experts made up of vaccine researchers and virologists, and those experienced with vaccine approval. They discussed the current state of development and what we can reasonably expect over the…

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Cooking during a Pandemic—Recipes using shelf stable ingredients: black bean and tortilla pie, lentil soup with sweet potatoes

During this time of Covid-19 when I am cooking a lot and trying not to go to the grocery store too frequently, I really appreciate my recipes that contain shelf-stable ingredients. I stock up on what I need and pull it all out when it’s time to cook!  The black bean and corn tortilla pie…

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Mindfulness in the time of Covid-19

Many of my friends do yoga or meditation, but I have not managed to do either of those. I have read some books about mindfulness and have tried to incorporate some of those practices with varying levels of success.  I wish to improve because mindfulness has been shown to be helpful to manage anxiety and…

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Plan For Now, Plan For Later – Thinking About the Big Picture with Covid

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Provide Emotional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Physicians Facing Psychological Trauma From the COVID-19 Crisis

The U.S. now has the highest number of COVID-related deaths in the world, with exhausted, frightened physicians managing the front lines. We need not only medical supplies but also emotional personal protective equipment (PPE) against the psychological burden of the pandemic. As a psychiatrist, my role in COVID-19 has included that of a therapist for my colleagues. I…

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Nutrition in the Time of Covid – and Beyond

Here are some simple adaptations regarding food shopping and food prep that are relevant to our stay-at-home situation.  Many of us as health care workers, are still on the job in some ways, but we are home more than we’re used to, out of our routine.  And many have their young children or adult children…

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An Easter and Passover Message, in the Time of Coronavirus

This morning, one of our  Lady Docs Corner Cafe dear friends, Dr. Joann Urquart, a cardiologist, sent us a link to a very well written and moving article by a movie producer and writer, Julio Vincent Gambuto, titled “ Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting.”  This writer knows the human condition and psychology very well, as shown by…

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Practical FAQs about COVID

Knowledge is the best antidote to anxiety regarding the unknown. Based on questions from my patients, I composed a FAQs sheet, and a list of reliable resources.  There are many emails and videos out there that can make you more anxious, so try to limit your reading to reliable sources.  Importantly, try not to read about…

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In the Time of Coronavirus: Social Distancing and Exercising

While being forced to stay home can lead to boredom and lethargy, it does not need to be the case. As a society we spend a lot of money on health clubs, gym memberships, fitness centers, etc.  I do the same, mostly because I find I push myself harder when in a class with an…

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