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FIGHT the Flu!

 Flu season is upon us!

It is important now more than ever to make sure everyone is safe and protected. Philadelphia FIGHT will be giving flu shots to all patients during flu season. If you are interested, please call your provider prior to coming in the office.

Walgreens flu vaccine scheduling guide (PDF)
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COVID-19 Community Testing Sites Schedule

Visit the FIGHT COVID-19 Community Testing Page for further information and a full calendar or call 267-436-3126.

This Week


COVID-19 community testing sites - images


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WHO Guidelines for Reopening

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Get to Know Your Words: Asymptomatic, Presymptomatic, Mildly Symptomatic

Asymptomatic

Refers to people who carry the active COVID-19 virus, but do not develop symptoms

Presymptomatic

Refers to people who have been infected and are incubating the virus but aren’t showing symptoms yet.

Mildly Symptomatic

Those who feel slightly unwell due to COVID-19 infection, such as a cold or mild fever symptoms.

While fever, cough, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of COVID-19, some carriers of the illness show little or no symptoms. It isn’t clear how many people are asymptomatic carriers, or how much asymptomatic individuals spread the disease,  but this caveat makes it all the more important to practice social distancing, stay home, and wear a mask while in public. 

Word Wednesday - Asymptomatic
Word Wednesday - presymptomatic
Word Wednesday - mildly symptomatic
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Mental Health and Quarantine

Adjusting to the quarantine efforts and stay-at-home order has been difficult. There has been a lot of change in a very short amount of time. Taking care of physical health is important in the face of COVID-19, and now taking care of mental health must be a focus in the face of social isolation due to quarantine efforts.

The American Psychological Association and SAMHSA have some guides about how to look after your mental health, and some of their suggestions are presented here.

Routine: With no firm idea of when things will change, a “new normal” means creating a new routine can help create a sense of normalcy and purpose.

Virtual Contact: utilize phones and web conferencing to make medical and social calls to maintain mental and physical health.

Keep Informed: updates about health recommendations and government mandates is important, but limit news intake each day to prevent extra anxiety.

Variety: Find different areas of your house to work or play in, and set time aside for a new activity to stimulate your brains need for variety.

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Get to know your words: Statewide Mitigation

Statewide Mitigation

activities across the state to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 impact. Visitor restrictions and stay-at-home orders are some examples in PA

A detailed list of activities and what it means for you is available here: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#StatewideMitigation

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Advocacy Opportunities around COVID-19

Advocacy and health are closely related, and that is especially true during this period of active legislation about COVID-19. Here are some opportunities around Philadelphia and PA to contact your representatives, connect with other workers, and advocate for those in the food and health industries

Attend a Town Hall to support Philadelphia Workers: https://bit.ly/3aiVHZt
#SHUTDOWNBERKS@shutdownberkscoalition

Food Chain Workers Alliance: https://bit.ly/3dvD0Ec

Support for Mental Health Workers: https://bit.ly/2J9VkVi

With the current COVID-19 crisis, the health of all is inextricably tied to the rights of groups including health workers, food industry workers, and refugees. Local, state, and federal organizations are asking for individuals to contact their representatives, participate in town halls, and write letters or emails supporting those most vulnerable during this time. Here are some opportunities to support advocacy efforts in a safe, distanced way. 

#workersrights
#covid_19
#shutdownberks
#philadelphia
#townhall

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Get to know your words: Some Coronavirus Terminology

some coronavirus terminology
COVID-19: an infectious disease in the coronavirus family. It is called "new" or "novel" because it is recently discovered.COVID-19 causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.There are clinical trials currently evaluating the effectiveness of possible treatments
COVID-19: an infectious disease in the coronavirus family. It is called “new” or “novel” because it is recently discovered.COVID-19 causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.There are clinical trials currently evaluating the effectiveness of possible treatments
 Asymptomatic: Someone who is not showing the symptoms of COVID-19. It is currently thought that people who are asymptomatic and do not know, but are infected can still spread COVID-19 to others.
Asymptomatic: Someone who is not showing the symptoms of COVID-19. It is currently thought that people who are asymptomatic and do not know, but are infected can still spread COVID-19 to others.
Isolation: A public health tactic to prevent a disease from spreading. Isolation involves separating people who are sick from those who are not
Isolation: A public health tactic to prevent a disease from spreading. Isolation involves separating people who are sick from those who are not
Quarantine: A public health tactic to prevent a disease from spreading. Quarantine involves isolating those who are ASYMPTOMATIC, but possibly exposed to the disease
Quarantine: A public health tactic to prevent a disease from spreading. Quarantine involves isolating those who are ASYMPTOMATIC, but possibly exposed to the disease
Community Spread: The spread of a disease when the source of infection is unknown. For example, someone who has not traveled recently or knowingly been near someone who is sick, but still becomes ill has obtained the virus from community spread
Community Spread: The spread of a disease when the source of infection is unknown. For example, someone who has not traveled recently or knowingly been near someone who is sick, but still becomes ill has obtained the virus from community spread
Flattening the curve: A phrase to describe slowing the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals can only treat so many patients at a single time. If we slow the spread of COVID-19, or flatten the curve, hospitals will not exceed their capacity
Flattening the curve: A phrase to describe slowing the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals can only treat so many patients at a single time. If we slow the spread of COVID-19, or flatten the curve, hospitals will not exceed their capacity
Stay at home order: An order by Philadelphia Mayor Kenney for people to stay in their homes except for essential activities (detailed in the link below) that include obtaining food or health care, working if your job is considered essential (as decided by the Mayor's Office), or exercising while 6 feet away from others (social distancing). This order started enforcement Monday, March 23 at 8 am
Stay at home order: An order by Philadelphia Mayor Kenney for people to stay in their homes except for essential activities (detailed in the link below) that include obtaining food or health care, working if your job is considered essential (as decided by the Mayor’s Office), or exercising while 6 feet away from others (social distancing). This order started enforcement Monday, March 23 at 8 am
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COVID-19: What to Do If You Are Sick?

 So you think you have covid-19. Don’t panic!

For many people, this will simply mean feeling ill for a little while. Fever and cough can be treated with medicine (NSAIDs like ibuprofen are cautioned against, but acetaminophen seems to be effective and safe), but make sure to call your doctor as soon as you start noticing symptoms.
The good news is that social isolation, the more confined version of social distancing, is recommended by the CDC to prevent the spreading of disease to others in your household or neighborhood. Some basics of isolation are presented here, and more information can be found on the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/…/…/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

  1. Contact your doctor: CALL FIRST! Your doctor or a local clinic can give you instructions on next steps based on your symptoms.
  2. Stay away from others: Stay in your own home, and isolate yourself from those you live with.
  3. Wear a mask and cover coughs and sneezes: If you need to be around others in your home, cover your mouth with a mask. Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  4. Wash your hands: Wash your hands often, especially if you are interacting with things in your home that others are touching
  5. Clean common surfaces: Disinfect surfaces that you or others touch daily, both in your “sick room” and the house.
  6. Monitor Symptoms: Keep track of your symptoms, and if you have severe symptoms including inability to breathe or prolonged pain, seek medical treatment
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Get to know your words: Social Distancing

Social Distancing

Keeping a distance of 3 feet between yourself and other people, especially anyone coughing or sneezing. The World Health Organization advises social distancing as a prevention tactic for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in addition to frequent hand washing and coughing or sneezing into one’s elbow

Come back Friday for more detailed information about social distancing

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Get to know your words: Acute

Acute

Symptoms happening suddenly and severely, usually for a shorter amount of time.

Acute
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Get to know your words: Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis

Later stages of liver scarring that can decrease liver functioning. Caused by diseases and conditions such as hepatitis or alcoholism.

Cirrhosis
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Spotlight On

Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.


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