A Doctor's note on Coronavirus

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Washington, September 16, 2020 | comments

September 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

During this pandemic, the nation has seen mental illness and substance abuse disorders increase. It is important to maintain routine doctors’ appointments and seek help if you need it – whether that means reaching out to a health care professional in person or checking in via telehealth. In addition to a bill I co-authored on mental health in schools that passed the Energy and Commerce Committee last week, I was able to join Axios for an event on the state of medicine and chronic pain.

National Updates:
The National Institutes of Health(NIH) has launched two adaptive Phase 3 clinical trials examining the safety and efficacy of various blood thinners to treat adult COVID-19 patients as part of the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV)initiative.

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions(CDC) released indicators to help guide education decision-makers to assess risk factors of in-person learning.

The Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) issued guidance for state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccinations, a preemptive step necessary to deliver a vaccine to Americans, once a candidate has been approved.

  • HHS, in conjunction with the CDC and Department of Defense (DOD), released a vaccine distribution strategy outlining how a vaccine can be widely distributed in a safe and efficient manner
  • HHS, CDC and DOD also released an interim playbook for state, tribal and local governments so that they may prepare to operationalize a vaccine response in their jurisdictions.

Until next time, this is your doctor’s note.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

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