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Access ThedaCare’s most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 as well as updates from our clinical collaborator, Mayo Clinic.

Can Weight Loss Surgery Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?

Can Weight Loss Surgery Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?

From improving heart health to lowering a person’s diabetes risk, weight loss surgery can offer a variety of known benefits for people with obesity. And now a new study suggests another possible benefit: having weight loss surgery may help better prepare you to fight COVID-19 if you become infected with the virus.      About the Research  This study, published in JAMA Surgery, involved over 20,000 patients with a BMI (body mass index) of 35 or higher. About 25% of those patients had weight loss surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic started (from 2004 to 2017). The other 75% of patients used...

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ThedaCare Offers Effective Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Treatment for COVID-19

ThedaCare Offers Effective Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Treatment for COVID-19

Monoclonal antibodies are currently one of the most effective treatments for COVID-19 infections, significantly reducing the incidence of hospitalization and the severity of symptoms when administered within seven days of the onset of symptoms. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) authorized their use beginning in the fall of 2020.   “Monoclonal antibodies have been used for years in the treatment of a variety diseases,” said Montgomery Elmer, MD, Interim Medical Director of Primary Care for ThedaCare. “After the FDA authorized emergency use of the treatment for COVID-19, ThedaCare began offering it shortly after. In 2021, as we saw another COVID surge...

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COVID-19, Steps to take if showing symptoms or exposed.

COVID-19, Steps to take if showing symptoms or exposed.

With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading quickly, many people have questions and concerns about how the virus may affect themselves and their families. What’s more, updated CDC guidelines have some people confused about the new “rules” for quarantining and testing.  Zachary Baeseman, M.D., a physician at ThedaCare, says one of the most important things you can do right now is to know your own health and to pay attention to your symptoms.    “We encourage people to know the symptoms of COVID-19, so they can try not to spread it if they do have it. There are some signs like...

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Take Precautions to Enjoy Safe Holiday Gatherings

Take Precautions to Enjoy Safe Holiday Gatherings

As the weather begins to cool and the holidays approach, people naturally will start thinking about making holiday plans with family. While the holidays are a great time for celebrating special moments with friends and family, it’s important for everyone to consider ways to keep their loved ones safe.

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