Notes from the Doc

Percentric Brief May 18th, 2020

Coronavirus digital discussion

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Good morning,

I’m Bryan Fine, MD, MPH, CEO & Founder of Percentric. This e-newsletter – always evolving – focuses on keeping you well by addressing both non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 health concerns. We work hard to keep it real, and real-time.

1. Covid-19 update

 While the CDC is predicting US coronavirus deaths will surpass 100,000 by June 1st, there is some good news about new cases.

2. What kind of pants do you have on?

Teleworking has redefined our work outfits. The Wall Street journal poses the all important question about what happens next.

3. Headaches, acne, and asthma, oh my!

See the ways coronavirus might be making you feel crummy– even if you’re not sick- and ways to feel better.

4. Do you know what a “hug shield” is?

If you don’t, you need to. Trust me, it will brighten your day.

5. Ask a Percentric Doc

Today’s question:  “Before the shelter at home orders, I tried to limit screen time for my kids. But will all of us home all the time now, that’s pretty much out the window. They watch YouTube videos and play video games more often than I’d like to admit. How worried should I be? Is it going to be really bad for them?”

First, let me just say that these are unprecedented times, and I think you have to do what you have to do. Is monitoring screen time, especially for younger kids, generally a good idea? Sure. (You can check out the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on screen time for kids here.) Ideally, try to keep them off handheld devices near bedtime, as the blue light from the screen can disrupt their sleep, and try to make sure they aren’t holding devices too close to their faces to protect their eyes. But are you going to cause irreparable harm to your kids by letting them play some extra Minecraft or watch age appropriate YouTube videos while they’re stuck at home during a global pandemic? Nope! They’re gonna be all right.

Stay safe, smart, and sane.


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