Notes from the Doc

Percentric Brief May 20th, 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. Percentric News

We’re shaking things up again! Starting next week, our newsletter will only be sent out once a week as we start posting more on our blog and social media accounts. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to see more from us.

2. Covid-19 update

All 50 states have officially begun to re-open, even as US deaths top 90,000. See this and other updates here.

3. It’s all connected 

See how our environmental policies have contributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 4. Exercise- Overcoming obstacles

We all know exercise is good for you and we need to do it, right? It’s not just good for your body, it’s good for your mind, too. But knowing we need to do it and actually doing it are two very different things. See this article for a run down of the ways exercise boosts your mental health, plus how to overcome common mental health barriers to getting off that couch and gettin’ it done.

5. Ask a Percentric Doc

Today’s question:  “Is it safe to…hang out outside with neighbors? Celebrate my daughter’s birthday with family members? Eat an a restaurant that is opening outdoor tables?”

I’ve been increasingly fielding this type of question. If you’ve sent me this one, then you probably know the next things I’m going to say is, “Tell me more.” What we all have to remember is looking for what activities are “safe” misses the point- nothing is without risk. What we need to focus on is minimizing risk, which can be done. See this fantastic blog post by Erin Bromage, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, to get a better understanding of what factors go into determining the risk in any given scenario and how to avoid high risk situations. For a breakdown of the risk level in several common situations, See this article.

Stay safe, smart, and sane.


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