As more individuals receive the vaccine, mask-wearing mandates are being lifted, leaving many getting used to breathing without a mask once again. However, there are still some places that require a mask, and some cities and states are considering reinstating mask mandates as variants such as the Delta variant are again causing positive cases to... Learn More about Where do you still need to wear a mask?
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When Patrick Stacavich’s daughter dropped him off at the emergency room Jan. 18, he assumed he would see her later that day. The pair had both been battling COVID-19. However, Stacavich’s case proved to be much more serious, so much so that instead of leaving the hospital that same day, he didn’t return home until... Learn More about Patrick’s story: Recovering from COVID-19
COVID-19 is a puzzling virus. While some people escape with few to no symptoms, others develop a life-threatening infection. Those who survive a severe COVID-19 infection often report persistent complications. The most common lasting complications include shortness of breath, chronic cough, chest tightness, cognitive dysfunction and fatigue. As seen in the list above, the pulmonary system appears to... Learn More about Just breathe: Recovering your breath after COVID-19
The last thing Susie Espinosa remembers before losing consciousness was the hospital hallway. The first thing she recalled when waking weeks later were the blue balloons welcoming her baby boy. Espinosa was pregnant when she contracted COVID-19. At first, she thought it was a cold. Symptoms were mild to start, but they progressed quickly. “I... Learn More about Susie's story: Pregnant with COVID-19
As with other viruses, after your body contracts COVID-19, you build up a natural immunity, so should you get the COVID-19 vaccine if you already had the virus? The short answer—yes. There are still many unknowns about the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, one of which is how long you are protected or have a... Learn More about Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine if you already had the virus?
On a daily basis, Patti Esher is keeping a close eye on those around her, looking for signs of infection or sickness. The COVID-19 pandemic may have made this practice common place. However, Esher has been doing this for years. As a regional infection control preventionist for Encompass Health, she’s charged with not only preventing... Learn More about The elevated role of an infection control preventionist during the pandemic
March 11 marked one year since the World Health Organization’s official declaration of the COVID-19 crisis as a global pandemic. Despite the challenging experiences we’ve all endured over the last year, I am proud to say that Encompass Health employees nationwide stepped up to support our patients and the communities we serve. Our employees proved... Learn More about Marking a year of the COVID-19 pandemic
When Darryl Williams arrived at Banner Health hospital on July 15, he thought he was getting a second chance at life. The 56-year-old veteran had been awaiting a double-lung transplant, and he was scheduled to have the procedure just in time. “I have pulmonary fibrosis,” he said. “When I was reading up on it, it... Learn More about Darryl’s story: Awaiting a double lung transplant and battling COVID-19