Category Archives: COVID-19

Youth at Risk

July 17th, 2020
As the summer rages on, coronavirus infection rates continue to climb across the country. States such as Texas, Arizona and Florida are seeing record spikes on an almost daily basis. As of July 15, there were more than 3.41 million infections and at least 134,000 deaths from the virus in the US, and it’s not done. Unfortunately, in the midst of all this bad news another negative trend is emerging. Some states are seeing an increase in the number of…

COVID-19 Statistics

July 17th, 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state, nation and world changes daily. The staff at Florida Health Care News aim to provide our readers with the latest information on the spread of the coronavirus. To help us do that, we are providing updated statistics on confirmed, fatal and recovered cases in Florida, the US and across the globe. The statistics reported here are collected from multiple trusted and reliable sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers…

Extra! Extra! Read All About It

July 5th, 2020
Most of the news we’ve been reading about COVID-19 lately seems to be bad news: New cases are spiking across the country. Hospital ICUs are filling to capacity with seriously ill patients. And experts are warning of escalating infection rates in the coming months. But if you look a little closer, you can find some tidbits of good news as well. Here’s one story I came across recently that gave me hope. On July 1, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and…

Convalescent Plasma Therapy for COVID-19

June 6th, 2020
Even as you read this, researchers are feverishly working to uncover potential treatments for COVID-19, the highly infectious illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. One of the treatments being studied is the use of plasma from people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 on currently sick patients. It’s called convalescent plasma therapy. If you had COVID-19 and recovered, your body developed natural defenses against the disease called antibodies, which are located in the liquid portion of your blood called plasma. Convalescent plasma,…

Nutrition’s Role In Fighting COVID-19

May 21st, 2020
Eating right can help you build a healthy immune system. The coronavirus had only taken the lives of some 3,000 people worldwide when a claim suggesting that eating a Nigerian dish called Yoruba stew or simply consuming a diet rich in pepper could cure someone of the virus within 24 hours. Within a matter of days, the “pepper soup theory” was determined to be a hoax. Since then, a number of similar theories claiming that everything from garlic to warm…

The Health Care Appointment in the Age of COVID-19

May 21st, 2020
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19* a global pandemic. In response, health care providers across the US closed their office doors to all but the most emergent patients as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Today, these providers are reopening to non-emergent patients, but practices must follow strict protocols to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. With all the safety precautions in place, seeing your provider in the age of COVID-19 is an entirely…

Pink Eye? It Could Be the Coronavirus

April 24th, 2020
The most common symptoms of the coronavirus that has stopped the world in its tracks are fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. But doctors are finding that the respiratory disease known as COVID-19 can also cause an eye infection called conjunctivitis. The discovery of conjunctivitis in COVID-19 patients is rare. As of mid-April, doctors believed that only 1 to 3 percent of all the people who could contract COVID-19 would also suffer from conjunctivitis, most likely during the middle phase of…

Fort Myers Vein Specialist Answers Call For PPE

April 16th, 2020 - Joseph G. Magnant, MD, FACS, RPVI
Patty Magnant was already busy sewing scrub hats for some local hospital nurses when her husband, a Fort Myers vascular surgeon, learned just how critical the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) caused by the coronavirus really is. “My sister is an emergency room doctor and she shared with me that at hospitals everywhere right now, they’re running…

Florida Clinic Pitches In To Help Volusia Residents Fight Coronavirus

April 3rd, 2020 - Timothy Steflik, DC
The staff at Coastal Integrative Healthcare in Edgewater specializes in physical medicine and stem cell therapy, but when the impact of the coronavirus hit their community this week they put their skills to work in another way. After learning that many of the people in and around Edgewater were running out of hand sanitizer, the Coastal Integrative Healthcare staff created a homemade…

Anxiety Amid COVID-19

April 3rd, 2020
A national survey conducted March 18 and 19 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) showed that the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly affecting the nation’s mental health. In the survey, half of US adults reported high levels of anxiety. Among the survey respondents, 48 percent reported feeling anxious about the possibility of contracting COVID-19 themselves, and 40 percent said they were anxious about becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus. In addition, 62 percent reported being anxious about the possibility…