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FDA Approves Corona Health Tests at Baptist Homes – NBC 6 South Florida | Instant News

The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency permission to a South Florida hospital to conduct a COVID-19 swab test in its own laboratory.

Baptist Health South Florida is the first organization in Florida – and one of 12 in the country – to receive emergency authorization.

Officials with Baptist say the Miami Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory Hospital will be able to carry out 40 to 80 tests at home every day – with results received within 24 hours.

“Having this test allows us to expand our testing capabilities at our home, enabling us to make treatment decisions faster and quarantine patients precisely,” said Edwin Gould, M.D., head of pathology, the Miami Cancer Institute. “We are fortunate to have all the very sophisticated equipment and expertise needed at home – enabling the transition in a short period of time.”

Home testing allows hospitals to slowly wean by relying
private laboratory for test results, which can take days.

Other hospital laboratories that have received emergency authorization
including Stanford
Health Care, Northwestern Medicine, Yale New Haven Medicine and Children
Philadelphia Hospital.


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7 steps to help overcome COVID-19 anxiety | Instant News

The COVID-19 outbreak can be stressful, from changes in family and work routines to worrying about your health.

In times of uncertainty, it’s important to take care of yourself.

Vivian Pinner, MEd, licensed mental health advisor Health Baptist Behavior, offers reminders to help you reduce anxiety, and keep yourself and your loved ones calm during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Find new ways to connect. Connection is important, even during self-isolation. Use FaceTime, Zoom, or other forms of video conferencing programs to connect with family and friends regularly. Even though we are physically isolated, we don’t have to be emotionally isolated.
  • Routinely reduce stress. Maintain as many daily routines as possible. Maintain sleep time. Enjoy your favorite drinks and sports. Take time to decompress. This will help small children, too, because they will be safer if “their world” remains consistent.
  • Control what you can. The only thing we have complete control over is ourselves – our thoughts, our health, and our choices. Eat healthy, exercise, wash your hands, and pay attention to others.
  • Cut media exposure. Too much negative news can weigh on our mental health. Find ways to stay up to date, but try to limit the news to only once or twice a day. If a warning on your cell phone comes too often, you might need to modify it.
  • Use digital resources for stress management. Skip checking news and social media and try stress management or meditation applications (free!). Meditation & Stress Management: Best Meditation Application Stress Management Application Free Meditation Resources Free Audio Resources Guided Meditation Stress Relief Application: Coloring Application Adult Coloring Book Jigsaw Puzzle Application
  • Keep everything in perspective. It’s time to be careful, not panic. A little anxiety is normal, but realize that you have gone through difficult times in your life and you will get through this too. Believe in yourself, your family and the people you love. You will pass this difficult time.
  • Be kind to yourself and others. Small acts of kindness are very beneficial. Good deeds or actions will spread joy to the people you love. For example, make a card with your family to send to the nearest nursing home.

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