COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Media Information
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COVID-19 Story Ideas
How do you deal with anxiety during a pandemic? What’s better washing hands or using hand sanitizer? Northwestern Medicine experts are available to address these topics and many more. Click the links below for quotes or contact our team to arrange interviews.
Keep an eye on ocular health with the return to in-person school and work
August 16, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on our eyes. Michelle E. Andreoli, MD, ophthalmology at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Naperville, says now is a good time to break some bad habits that hurt vision.
Heading back to the classroom? Keep kids safe with these COVID-19 tips.
August 12, 2021
As kids head back to school, some parents may be nervous about keeping their child safe from COVID-19. Uma S. Levy, MD, a pediatrician at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, talks about why masking helps and how to reinforce safety measures that will keep kids healthy.
Return of COVID-19 Symptoms is the Leading Reason Patients Seek Hospital-Level Care Within 30 Days of Discharge
May 21, 2021
A study conducted by the Northwestern Medicine Neuro COVID-19 research group discovered that patients with a history of neurologic disorders before COVID-19 were at elevated risk to return to the hospital. Eric Liotta, MD, a Northwestern Medicine neurocritical care specialist who treats COVID-19 patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, co-authored the study.
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital clears COVID-19 Rainbow from front windows
May 17, 2021
In a symbolic gesture signaling positive progress in the fight against COVID-19, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, in DeKalb, Ill. began dismantling a COVID-19 Rainbow Wall. Hear from staff as the the panoramic of colorful hearts on the hospital’s front windows was removed during a ceremony.
Illinois Health Care Worker Receives a “COVID to COVID” Double-Lung Transplant and Returns Home One Year After Contracting COVID-19
May 14, 2021
Renato Aquino is sharing his story of survival after receiving one of the first-known "COVID to COVID" double-lung transplants in the United States. Ankit Bharat, MD, chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program, performed the procedure.
Northwestern Medicine Leads Global Study Providing Guidance for Lung Transplantation in Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19
April 1, 2021
A global study led by Northwestern Medicine researchers and published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine provides guidelines for successfully performing double-lung transplants on COVID-19 patients in carefully selected patients, with excellent post-transplant outcomes. Ankit Bharat, MD, chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program, performed the procedure.
COVID 19 Vaccination Video FAQs
January 28, 2021
Irfan Hafiz, MD, infectious disease, answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the vaccine for COVID-19. Dr. Hafiz is chief medical officer at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital.
How to Create, Communicate and Maintain Healthy Boundaries During COVID-19
August 18, 2020
Establishing boundaries during a pandemic with social, political, and emotional upheaval can be challenging. Kirsten Book, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC, family nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, offers tips for setting social distancing boundaries.
Northwestern Medicine Performs Double-Lung Transplant on a Second COVID-19 Patient
July 9, 2020
Medical leaders from the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program discuss the operation on an Illinois man in his 60s whose lungs were damaged by COVID-19.
Lung Transplant Performed on a COVID-19 Patient at Northwestern Medicine
June 11, 2020
For the first time, surgeons at Northwestern Medicine performed a double-lung transplant on a patient whose lungs were damaged by COVID-19. Medical leaders from the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program discuss this ground-breaking surgery.
Women's Routine Health Screenings During COVID19
May 25, 2020
Kristi Tough DeSapri, MD, director of Northwestern Women’s Bone Health Program at the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, answers questions about routine women’s health screenings.
13 Ways To Help a Friend with Anxiety During Coronavirus
May 12, 2020
Robert Gottlieb, a licensed clinical professional counselor at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, shares some tips on how to help someone who is anxious during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Meat Shortages: Dietitian Offers Healthy Meat Alternatives
May 7, 2020
Audra Wilson, MS, RD, LDN, bariatric dietitian at the Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical W, eight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital, discusses healthy meat alternatives in light of concerns about meat shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Impact on the Brain and Psyche
May 6, 2020
Eric Larson, PhD, the director of Psychology & Brain Injury at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, a part of Northwestern Medicine, answers questions about the potential longer term impacts on the brain and psyche of COVID-19 patients.
Cardiovascular Emergencies and COVID-19
May 4, 2020
Charles Davidson, MD, clinical chief of cardiology at Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and vice chair for clinical affairs in the department of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, talks about what to do if you think you are experiencing a heart attack during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eve Feinberg, MD, on Fertility Medicine and COVID-19
May 3, 2020
Eve Feinberg, MD, medical director at Northwestern Medicine Fertility and Reproductive Medicine and president, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, answers common questions about infertility medicine, which is on hold while health systems across the country treat COVID-19 patients.
COVID-19: Tips for Safely Returning to the Golf Course
April 27, 2020
Mark Demchak, MS, ATC, PES, athletic trainer at the Northwestern Medicine Golf Performance Academy, offers tips for safely returning to golf courses during COVID-19 physical distancing.
Clinical Trial Begins at Northwestern Medicine for Patients with Severe COVID-19
April 24, 2020
Richard Wunderink, MD, medical director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, discusses a clinical trial of sarilumab for patients with severe COVID-19.
Obesity Linked to Higher Risk of Complications from COVID-19
April 22, 2020
Elizabeth Lowden, MD, medical director of medical weight management at the Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital, discusses the correlation between obesity and COVID-19, as well as explains how as little as 5-10% total body weight loss can have an impact on metabolic factors like blood pressure, insulin resistance and cholesterol.
'COVID Toes' and Other Skin Conditions Tied to Coronavirus
April 20, 2020
Jill K. Cotseones, DO, FAAD, medical and cosmetic dermatology at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, discusses skin conditions, including discolored toes, that may be symptoms of COVID-19.
Allergies, Asthma and COVID-19: How to Differentiate Symptoms
April 13, 2020
Amiinah Kung, MD, allergy and immunology at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, discusses how to distinguish viral illnesses from allergies and offers information on allergy season the allergy season in Chicago.
The Power of Music to Help Cope with COVID-19
April 9, 2020
Jessica Pouranfar, MT-BC, NICU-MT, NMT, music therapy clinical manager at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, explains how music can be a powerful tool to help deal with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baby Development During COVID-19
April 7, 2020
Cynthia Ambler, MD, pediatrics at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, answers questions about infant vaccines, screen time and infant development during COVID-19 physical distancing.
How to Stay Healthy During COVID-19
April 7, 2020
Bethany Doerfler, MS, RD, clinical dietitian at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, discusses strategies to boost your immune system and improve health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: Training Tips for Club and High School Athletes
April 3, 2020
Jim Beitzel, CI, PES, clinical athletic trainer and clinical coordinator for the Northwestern Medicine Athletic Training & Sports Performance Clinic, provides training tips for club and high school athletes to stay in shape and avoid injury upon return to play after the COVID-19 quarantine.
How To Talk To Kids About COVID-19
April 2, 2020
Allie Jones, child life specialist at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, shares parental tips for helping children understand the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: Helping Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Cope
April 1, 2020
Trina Krischon, child life specialist at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, provides advice on how parents can help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder adjust to the changes in their predictable daily schedule.
COVID-19: Technology Helps Cardiologists Track Vital Health Information Remotely
March 31, 2020
Michelle Montpetit, MD, heart failure specialist, Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Central DuPage Hospital; and Anjan Tibrewala, MD, heart failure specialist, Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Central DuPage Hospital, discuss how technology, including data from smart watches, can help them monitor heart failure patients remotely during physical distancing.
Helping Teens Cope During COVID-19
March 29, 2020
Mark Copertino, LCPC, case therapist at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, shares parental advice for supporting the mental health of teenagers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: Avoid Stress-Related Weight Gain
March 27, 2020
Mandy Guide, RDN, LD, clinical dietitian at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, provides healthy eating strategies for avoiding the "Quarantine 15".
Avoid Back and Neck Pain While Working from Home
March 26, 2020
Sheri Dewan, MD, neurosurgeon at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, shares tips for avoiding neck and back pain caused by hunching over a laptop.
Tips for Working Out at Home While Physical Distancing
March 24, 2020
Dan Charak, NASM-CES, fitness manager at the Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center, offers advice on creating a home gym and exercising in a small space.
Cardiovascular Disease and COVID-19: What You Need to Know
March 23, 2020
Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute’s Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc, chief of cardiology, the Magerstadt Professor and vice dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Robert Bonow, MD, MS, cardiologist and the Max and Lilly Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, discuss precautions for patients with heart disease during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hand Washing vs Hand Sanitizer: Which is better at fighting COVID-19?
March 23, 2020
Melinda Ring, MD, executive director at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine, answers frequently asked questions about keeping hands clean.
Pregnancy and COVID-19: What you need to know before, during and after labor and delivery
March 23, 2020
Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, obstetrician/gynecologist at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital, provides information for expectant mothers and parents with newborns regarding COVID-19.
Keep Skin Healthy And Moisturized With All This Handwashing
March 22, 2020
Jill K. Cotseones, DO, medical and cosmetic dermatology at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, shares information on how to protect skin when washing hands frequently.
Training for a Marathon While Physical Distancing
March 22, 2020
Steven Mayer, MD, sports medicine physician at the Northwestern Medicine Running Medicine Clinic, offers for tips for runners to continue training while safely physical distancing.
Is Your COVID-19 Anxiety in the Healthy Range?
March 17, 2020
Stewart Shankman, PhD, chief of psychology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, discusses anxiety caused by COVID-19 and what is consider normal in these uncertain times.
How Long After Chemotherapy is my Immune System Compromised?
March 17, 2020
Christopher George, MD, hematology and oncology at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, provides information for patients receiving chemotherapy regarding COVID-19.
Surviving a Quarantine with your Kids
March 17, 2020
Allison Kranich, LCPC, licensed clinical professional counselor at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, offers tips on how families can create routines and manage arguments while they physical distance at home.