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Ask an OB-GYN: I’m pregnant, what do I need to know?

Amid the difficulties of the COVID-19 outbreak, there’s an inside joke among labor and delivery units across the country about how we will be seeing a COVID baby boom in the next 9-10 months — the “coronial” generation. There are many questions I come across while speaking to new mothers about things they can and

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Establish a healthy routine in quarantine

With a positive attitude, good motivation and noble intentions we are creating new social habits—socially distancing, repeatedly washing our hands, wearing face masks and working at home as much as possible to adhere to the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to flatten the curve and reduce transmission of the coronavirus. Alongside

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The COVID-19 diaries part two: “Don’t let the mask fool you”

This is the second installment of Dr. Asha Shajahan’s essay series on being a healthcare worker during a pandemic. Read the first part here. Day 4: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 The Emergency Command Center of the hospital had good news; the patient census was going down. The number of discharges and successful weans off the

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COVID-19 is complicating domestic violence reporting

Following the March 23 issuance of a stay-at-home order, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) warned community organizations to prepare for a spike in domestic violence reporting. So Swatee Kulkarni, acting president of non-profit Mai Family Services (MaiFS), was surprised to find that the organization’s domestic violence

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The COVID-19 diaries part one: “Fatigued and sad”

This is the first installment of Dr. Asha Shajahan’s essay series on being a healthcare worker during a pandemic. Day One: Superheroes I left home nervously for my first COVID-19 unit shift. I had seen COVID-19 patients in my outpatient office and also seen homeless patients on the streets, but this was different. These patients

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Make your quarantine exercise goals simple and achievable

In times like these it is so easy to feel a constant “low” or lack of motivation and energy to do anything. We are all focusing on work, home-schooling, chores and extra cooking and cleaning. Unfortunately, exercise may not always make the priority list. Finding those 20 minutes for ourselves feels like an added effort.

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Navigating the grocery store when a virus looms

As we practice social distancing and the economy slows down, many of us have resorted to entertaining ourselves at home and getting by through online shopping. But as grocery delivery and pickup slots become harder to find, here’s what you need to know about heading to the grocery store amid the pandemic. Ideally, only one

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