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A guide to using nonmedical masks

Photo of Hilary Fairbrother, MD, MPH, wearing a face mask over her personal protective equipment (PPE) to make her PPE last longer. (Photo credit: Hilary Fairbrother, MD, MPH)

April 4, 2020

There are some critical things to know about how to use a nonmedical mask correctly, because when used incorrectly, which is pretty easy to do, you could actually put yourself and others more at risk. Physicians at UTHealth break it all down.


Medical experts answer common questions about COVID-19

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April 3, 2020

As new data on COVID-19 continues to roll out on a daily basis, questions are asked about who’s at risk, how it’s being transmitted, and what additional precautions people need to take. Experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) help break it down.


Expert advice on how to help children with autism maintain routines during COVID-19

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April 1, 2020

COVID-19 has disrupted routines for families across the country. Social distancing and self-quarantine are the “new normal” and children will need to be home-schooled for many more weeks without a target end date. For parents with children who are autistic, these disruptions to the routine may induce added stressors.



Immunocompromised patients at a higher risk for COVID-19

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March 31, 2020

People across the U.S. are taking precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. While still at risk for contracting COVID-19, healthy individuals typically present with fever and mild respiratory symptoms. However, some are at a higher risk for developing serious complications, like those with an already compromised immune system.


COVID-19 and chronic lung disease: How to stay safe

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March 31, 2020

Because COVID-19 attacks the lungs, limiting social contact is extremely important for people who have underlying health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, and any additional chronic lung illness.



Here’s how to stay safe from COVID-19 while running essential errands

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March 30, 2020

With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and Harris County under “Stay Home, Work Safe” restrictions, many people may wonder how to run essential errands like buying groceries, taking a pet to the vet’s office, or getting home appliances repaired while minimizing their risk of contracting the virus.


People with diabetes need to be especially proactive with self-care

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March 27, 2020

Endocrinologists and diabetes educators with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are encouraging people with diabetes who are staying at home due to COVID-19 to redouble their efforts to eat properly, exercise, and monitor their blood sugar levels.




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