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Don't Let Fear Keep You From Seeking Emergency Care

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They say that every cloud has a silver lining. As we all huddle together under the storm of COVID-19, one silver lining is notable: fewer people are rushing on the roads from place to place, so emergency departments (EDs) across the country have seen a significant decrease in major traumatic injuries.

Level 1 Trauma Centers like Carilion Clinic see any reduction in the need for trauma care as a good thing.

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Anxiety and COVID-19 Self-Care

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You’ve just tested positive for COVID-19, or been told by your health care provider that you likely have it.
 
Fortunately, your symptoms are mild, and your provider has told you that you can self-treat at home. 
 
Of course, you must also completely self-isolate for at least the next two weeks.
 
Your provider has suggested remedies for easing the physical symptoms of the virus.
 

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Are You Prepared for a Positive Test?

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While we are all focused on prevention through social distancing and minimizing exposure to others who may be ill, there is still a possibility that any of us or our loved ones might test positive at some point in the next few months.

Preparing ahead of time means stocking up and taking stock so that you will have what you need when you need it, and can focus on getting well.

Fortunately, the majority of people who test positive are able to stay home with self-care. But that comes with its own worries.

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Sinusitis: Why Surgery Isn’t Always the Answer

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Sinusitis—the inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses—is one of the most common chronic medical conditions in the United States.

It may not sound like a serious condition; however, those who have sinusitis tend to miss more work or school, experience facial pain and pressure, feel tired and even suffer from pain in their teeth.

There are four sets of sinuses:

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Cancer and COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

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COVID-19 is a new disease, and information about it and the impact it can have on different populations is limited. Those questions weigh especially heavily on the minds of cancer patients, many of whom are immune suppressed or have ongoing treatments or procedures during the pandemic. 

We shared questions from cancer patients with William Fintel, M.D., Medical Director of Hematology-Oncology Clinical Services. Read on for his responses. 
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