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?
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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
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. While we continue to hope that some of those changes will eventually go away, there are some—namely in the area of healthcare—that are likely to stick around well after the pandemic. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, some of those changes could... Learn More about How COVID-19 could forever change healthcare
With two COVID-19 vaccines now being distributed, a sense of relief and anticipation is in the air. The first two vaccines have a 95% effectiveness rating. The fact that there are another three vaccines in phase 3 clinical trials certainly sweetens the deal. This long-awaited news is promising. However, that doesn’t mean it’s time to... Learn More about Now is not the time to let your (COVID-19) guard down
After four weeks in the hospital, doctors were certain Lafayette Johnson, 54, wasn’t going to make it. He was admitted July 8 with difficulty breathing. Doctors told him a combination of pneumonia and COVID -19 was the culprit. His condition only worsened from there. By the second week, Johnson’s lungs collapsed and his kidneys were... Learn More about Lafayette’s story: Recovering from COVID-19 after almost losing his life
For decades, the conventional wisdom surrounding grief has centered on Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s theory that mourners typically navigate through five distinct stages of grief following a significant loss: Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance. Now amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding that these stages don’t do enough to capture the experiences felt by millions as they... Learn More about How the pandemic is changing the way we grieve