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Masking requirements extend to patients and visitors at Mount Nittany Medical Center

Published on April 8, 2020

As an additional measure to protect patients, staff and community members against the spread of COVID-19, Mount Nittany Health is extending its employee masking requirement to patients and visitors at the Medical Center.

All patients and those visitors permitted under special circumstances must wear a mask when accessing the Medical Center. Patients and visitors are encouraged to wear their own masks from home. If needed, masks will be provided by the health system’s screening teams before patients and permitted visitors enter the facility; the masks should be reused as long as possib...

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Keeping younger kids healthy and busy during social distancing

Published on April 6, 2020 By Kristie Kaufman, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group

We are living in a new reality, with reports and updates about the spread of COVID-19 bombarding us multiple times each day. For parents of small children, anxiety about the virus can be compounded by concerns about keeping their children safe, healthy and reassured during this period of social distancing.

Have you ever experienced turbulence while flying in an airplane? A flight attendant who seems terrified may make you think it’s time to worry. On the other hand, if a flight attendant calmly offers you a beverage with a smile, you’ll be reassured that the bumps and windy weat...

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Allergies, viral infections and COVID-19: How to know the difference

Published on March 31, 2020 By Faoud Ishmael, MD, PhD, Mount Nittany Physician Group Allergy & Immunology

Springtime allergies are right around the corner, and many of our patients have already begun to notice seasonal symptoms. It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a respiratory viral infection and allergies, and this is even more concerning with the current COVID-19 pandemic. A cough can be present in allergies, asthma and viral infections. However, there are a few important differences that can help to distinguish one from the other.

What are allergies?

Allergies are immune responses to things in the environment that are benign, such as pollens and animal dander. It is...

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  • Masking requirements extend to patients and visitors at Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Keeping younger kids healthy and busy during social distancing
  • Allergies, viral infections and COVID-19: How to know the difference

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