Our Blog: To Your Health
Wearing a face mask has become an obligation to help keep ourselves and our patients healthy. Unfortunately, shortages of PPE necessitate that we wear the same mask for long periods of time at work. We are also wearing masks when we’re off the clock. Chronic, prolonged mask use can cause skin problems which can be annoying and painful. There is little satisfaction in knowing that no one but you knows what’s under the mask!
If you are inspired by Jeanie’s story, you can make small, important lifestyles changes to stay healthy. “Along with pharmaceutical methods to treat cardiovascular risk factors, if you want to lower your risk of heart disease (and many other chronic health conditions, including diabetes) you should invest time and effort in long-term strategies like diet, exercise, and commitment to a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Sandeep Garg of The Oregon Clinic Cardiology.
For most people, the spring and summer months are a beautiful time, with the beginning of warm weather and blooming flowers. But for the 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, it can also mean misery: watery eyes, itchy throat, runny nose, and sneezing.
As physicians and healthcare providers, we at The Oregon Clinic dedicate our lives to taking care of our community. As caregivers, the horrifying video of George Floyd’s killing, as well as the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, have profoundly affected all in our organization. Actions, such as this brutal one in Minneapolis and the reactions of protest that we’ve witnessed, are symptoms of the longstanding struggles of social and economic injustice and racism. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified these inequalities in America, and throughout the world.