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August 5th, 2020

Get your flu shot

Fellow Americans,   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates fewer than half of all Americans received a flu shot last year. That number could be even worse this year. I keep hearing talk of people skipping the flu shot to avoid getting COVID-19. I urge you, PLEASE DO NOT DELAY OR AVOID […]

July 22nd, 2020

What to expect from a safe health care visit

Fellow Americans, COVID-19 has changed the way we practice medicine. From online video visits to curbside care, WellMed and others have changed to make sure patients get the care they need while staying safe. While there are times when a face-to-face visit is needed, and safe to do, many are still avoiding their necessary care. […]

July 9th, 2020

Risk of Transmission

by Dr. George Rapier, Founder and CEO   Fellow Americans, The recent surge in COVID-19 cases over the past month is renewing discussion about how the virus spreads. We’ve learned a lot since the start of the year. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has new information about how COVID-19 […]

June 30th, 2020

The Second Summer Wave

by Dr. George Rapier, Founder and CEO   My Fellow Americans: The United States is now responsible for 20 percent of all new COVID-19 infections worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the greatest number of new cases is among young adults and is coming from 22 states in the South […]

June 24th, 2020

Summer of crisis

by Dr. George Rapier, Founder and CEO   Fellow Americans,   We’re all deeply saddened by the recent social injustices. What happened in Minneapolis was a senseless tragedy. George Floyd did not need to die. He should not have died. We cannot rest until every American is guaranteed equal rights, and none of us have […]

June 19th, 2020

Tips for staying safe in the summer heat

By Huelen E. Smith Jr., M.D. If you like to spend time outside doing things like exercising or gardening, then you are in danger of developing heat-related illnesses such as heat edema, heat exhaustion or life-threatening heat stroke. People 65 and older are especially at risk. Their bodies are less able to cope with high […]

June 15th, 2020

Summer of COVID-19

  My Fellow Americans:   After months of lockdown and isolation, you may be ready to spend some time at the beach or on a family road trip. But before you pack your suitcases, you should know we are in the midst of another surge in the number of new COVID-19 cases. Last week, the […]

June 12th, 2020

Feeling stressed?

by Dr. George Rapier, Founder and CEO Fellow Americans: If you’re stressed, you’re not alone. I have been feeling it, too. COVID-19 has put strain on almost every aspect of our lives. For older adults, that stress can be life threatening. But just like with your physical health, there are ways you can take care […]

May 29th, 2020

Prepare now for a hurricane

Hurricane season is here. It’s important to prepare early. The National Weather Service is predicting an above average hurricane season. Here are a few things you can do right now to prepare for a hurricane, natural disaster or other emergency: Prepare an emergency kit. Include enough nonperishable food and water to last 3 to 5 […]

May 22nd, 2020

Three Scenarios for COVID-19

by Dr. George Rapier, Founder and CEO Fellow Americans: Have you heard people talking like COVID-19 is over? We are so eager to get back to normal. It’s understandable. As a medical doctor, I’m afraid we’re letting our guard down too soon. The truth is COVID-19 is not over. This may be just the first […]