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Slowing the spread

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

The 3rd Conversation is focused on bringing together disparate groups to connect as humans and explore how that relationship can be a source of power, healing, and fulfillment. In that vein, here are some items that piqued our interest or inspired us this week…

Now isn’t the time to make assumptions about whether the precautions other people are taking match your own. We found these easy-to-read tips about ways to set boundaries, communicate about your comfort level, and respect and respond to other people’s boundaries useful as we roll into the holiday season.

Experts have been warning about the convergence of flu season with high COVID case counts for months. We agree that primary care (along with public health) is in a prime position to step up and needs the support to do so. Why does primary care have to be part of a COVID response? Primary care can:

  • Help keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients

  • Make contact tracing more effective

  • Educate patients and families on prevention

  • Evaluate a patient’s risk

  • Manage chronic diseases brought about by COVID-19

  • Promote vaccine acceptance

  • Be a safe space for people to process medical and non-medical issues

  • Connect patients to public health and other community-based organizations

COVID cases continue to rise, and many experts predict we are in for a long winter. That news is hard to hear, after months of social distancing when many of us want nothing more than a reprieve. However, we’re optimistic that we can make gains in the fight against COVID – with both a potential vaccine likely on the horizon, the Biden administration’s choice to make COVID a priority, and the selection of individuals representing a broad cross-section to serve on the COVID-19 task force. It’s up to all of us to do our part to help slow the spread.


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