As we near the end of this unprecedented year, here is a look back on our most popular stories of the year.
From how to schedule telemedicine appointments, to how to differentiate a cold or allergies from COVID-19, to how this novel virus could be affecting your period, to ways to boost your immunity. These are 10 of the most-read stories that sorted fact from fiction over the past 12 months.
After months and months of stay at home orders, everyone began to wonder: can you really go home this year for the holidays? We spoke with Dr. Michael Barnish, an infectious diseases and travel medicine specialist, about how we can stay safe and healthy while traveling this holiday season.
By mid-March, the reality of the COVID-19 virus hit hard. With many shutdowns in place, doctors urged patients to stay home and utilize telehealth for any of their medical needs. Dr. Aditi Joshi, Medical Director of JeffConnect, answered commonly asked questions surrounding how you can make the most of a telehealth appointment.
It was necessary to act quickly as soon as COVID-19 hit Jefferson hospitals, and establishing mobile-testing sites at Jefferson was an important way to start combatting the virus. Since the initial opening of five locations, three additional testing sites have been added to the list, including two no-cost sites and a partnership with the Philadelphia International Airport for those seeking tests before or after a flight.
From breathing in colder air to poor indoor air quality, many culprits could be affecting your breathing – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jefferson pulmonologist Dr. Michael Scharf shared his expertise on how to best protect your lungs during the winter.
While 75% of women will experience at least one vaginitis condition during their lifetime, many will treat it at home and not receive proper diagnosis or treatment. Nurse practitioner Kannika Story and Dr. Paul Nyirjesy discussed the different causes of vaginitis and the importance of treating symptoms properly.
Immune-boosting trends have been circulating throughout the pandemic, but knowing which ones are clinically proven to work can be difficult. To learn about the science behind sought-after supplements linked to immune function, we spoke to experts from both The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health and gastroenterology and hepatology at Jefferson Health.
Throughout the pandemic, an increase in claims of “ears ringing” arose. To find out the cause behind this problem, we spoke to Dr. Alexandra Costlow, an audiologist from the Hearing and Balance Center, to see how to monitor tinnitus and how to treat this condition.
The similarities between colds and COVID-19 concerned many. How can you tell if your symptoms are simply a cold and when should you worry if it could be more serious? Dr. John Zurlo, division director of infectious disease at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, explained the differences in symptoms and how you can treat them from home.
Loss of smell is an early sign of COVID-19, but it’s also a symptom of seasonal allergies. Dr. John Cohn, Jefferson allergist, explained the different ways that symptoms overlap, what to look out for, and how to ease any symptoms you may have.
Lifestyle changes can affect many different parts of your health, including your period. The stress of the pandemic could be the cause of changes to one’s menstrual cycle. Dr. Beth Schwartz, a Jefferson gynecologist, stressed you’re not alone if you see changes and emphasized the importance of open communication with your care team when navigating health concerns.