What We Know About COVID-19, Epilepsy and Seizures

CLEVELAND – November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy affects the central nervous system and causes seizures. While people with epilepsy are no more at risk for COVID-19 than the rest of us, doctors say they still need to be careful, wear a mask and practice social distancing. “Basically, it’s avoiding high concentrations of people and … Read More

Treating COVID-19 and Flu at Home

CLEVELAND – Cold and flu season will be confusing this year with COVID-19 and influenza circulating simultaneously. If you’re unlucky enough to get one, or both viruses, Cleveland Clinic infectious disease specialist, Susan Rehm, MD, said many people can care for themselves at home. “People with milder cases of influenza, or COVID, should pay attention … Read More

COVID-19 Voting Precautions for Election Day

CLEVELAND – If you’re heading to the polls this election day, there are some precautions you’ll want to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Joseph Khabbaza, MD, a critical care medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic, said it’s a good idea to assess the safety of the situation when you arrive. “If it doesn’t feel … Read More

Dealing with Daylight Saving Time and Depression

CLEVELAND – The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. Doctors are seeing more cases of low-grade depression, which could magnify as we adjust to the clocks ‘falling back’ for daylight saving time. “It’s come about because with COVID-19 we have so much change. So much unpredictability. So much uncertainty. The target … Read More

How COVID-19 May Impact Stroke Risk

CLEVELAND – October 29 is World Stroke Day. We’re learning more about how COVID-19 impacts the brain, and evidence suggests the infection may increase risk for suffering a stroke. Cleveland Clinic’s Shazam Hussain, MD, wasn’t involved in the research, but says strokes caused by blood clots appear to be impacting a younger population. “It’s not … Read More

New (and Old) Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips (PKG)

CLEVELAND – Preventing COVID-19 is top of mind as little ghosts and goblins head out on Halloween night. If your community is allowing trick-or-treat during the pandemic, Adam Keating, MD, a pediatrician with Cleveland Clinic Children’s, reminds us that COVID-19 safety is frightfully important. “It certainly makes sense to take precautions this year in masking, … Read More

Protecting against COVID-19 this Halloween

CLEVELAND – Halloween is just around the corner and it’s sure to look and feel much different this year due to the pandemic. Many cities are taking precautions, but what can parents do to keep their little ghosts and goblins safe? “There are so many Halloween costumes and masks available out there for kids and … Read More