Massachusetts Medical Society: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Articles

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Articles

WBUR

WBUR: Get a flu shot before the end of October, Mass. Medical Society urges

September 17, 2020 – "There are only so many ICU beds and we want to make sure we preserve them as best needed," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Should you send your child back to school? The expert consensus leans toward 'yes,' with caveats

September 13, 2020 – The MMS said it supported "the safe and equitable return of as many students, teachers, and support staff as possible to in-person school settings."


MassLive

MassLive: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hear arguments on Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 executive orders

September 11, 2020 – The MMS and others argued in an amicus brief that the coronavirus pandemic counts as a "disaster" and "catastrophe" as it has strained the state’s health care system, killing thousands in its path.


MetroWest Daily News

MetroWest Daily News: Families of high school athletes face a decision: Should their children suit up during the coronavirus pandemic?

August 30, 2020 – MMS Vice Chairwoman of the Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine Dr. Mary Beth Miotto said the decision to postpone football to February is a "wise decision for the time being," because more public health data is needed.


Telegram

Worcester Telegram: Sutton mom among protesters defying flu vaccine mandate

August 29, 2020 – The new vaccine requirement has the support of several medical organizations, including the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Worcester District Medical Society.


Lowell Sun

Lowell Sun: Our frontline heroes deserve better

August 23, 2020 – "Passing the Pandemic Production Act now – before another catastrophic spike in coronavirus cases – is imperative to preventing the additional loss of life," write Congresswoman Lori Trahan and MMS President Dr. David Rosman.


Eagle-Tribune

Eagle-Tribune: Race for vaccine raises ethical dilemmas

August 23, 2020 – "We need to make sure that the (vaccine) trials are done in an ethical way, and that there’s diversity in who is getting it," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman.


Boston.com

Boston.com: Boston athletes filmed a PSA urging sports fans to wear masks

August 19, 2020 – In an effort to encourage people to wear masks as a protocol to prevent the spread of COVID-19, New England sports figures teamed up with the MMS for a #MaskUp video.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Baker slows Mass. Reopening process, tightening restrictions on gatherings and restaurants

August 7, 2020 – "Things are moving in the wrong direction," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman, adding that Governor Charlie Baker is now "taking new steps to turn that back around."


Boston 25

Boston 25 News: Mass. joins multi-state agreement to buy 3 million rapid tests as testing delays persist

August 6, 2020 – "Rapid and equitable availability of testing, and rapid testing is incredibly important," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.


Brockton Enterprise

Brockton Enterprise: Experts say act now or another COVID-19 surge is coming in Massachusetts

August 5, 2020 – "The positive test rate has been going up ever since around July 11," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "We need to respond to that."


 WCVB

WCVB: Gov. Baker warns rollback of reopening possible if COVID-19 spread increases

August 4, 2020 – "If the numbers get much higher than they are, it will be very difficult to turn this back around," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Experts urge rollback of reopening as COVID-19 cases rise in Mass.

August 3, 2020 – "The trajectory that COVID takes, it takes a while to get it turned around," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "Problems we’re seeing in August will resonate in September and October."


 WCVB

WCVB: Gov. Baker visits Pfizer to discuss vaccine work

July 30, 2020 – "People seem to think that perhaps there is magic to being outside and that if you’re outside you don’t need a mask, and it’s simply not true," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.


Cape Cod Times

Cape Cod Times: Cape health departments struggle with enforcing local, state COVID-19 regulations

July 29, 2020 – "People need to do the right thing," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "They can’t have these parties. They have to wear masks."


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Doctors uneasy about uptick in state coronavirus cases

July 27, 2020 – "We need to decide, as a community, how much we value being able to reopen schools. If that is a high priority, as I think it should be, we need to make sacrifices around that." said MMS President Dr. David Rosman.


 WCVB

WCVB: Another COVID-19 cluster identified: 13 patients, 23 employees at Baystate Medical Center

July 27, 2020 – "We should respond sooner rather than later," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said about preventing another wave of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. "I’d rather be too early in our response than too late."


WHDH

WHDH: Top MA doctor warns PPE shortage could happen again

July 21, 2020 – "Back to the old, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman. "The equipment needs to be there first, it needs to be there preemptively."


The Appeal

The Briefing: The public health crisis of racism in America

July 17, 2020 – "If you think about the people who are living in majority Black communities, they are three times higher rate of COVID, six times higher rate of COVID death, and both of those numbers are incredibly appalling," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman.


WGBH

WGBH: The coronavirus pandemic could change the way America pays for health care

July 7, 2020 – "(If practices close) there may be no one on the Cape who is able to open their practice to them. So, they will lose access. And it will be incredibly problematic," MMS immediate past president Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said.


WBUR

WBUR: Providers urge state to stock up on PPE for second wave

June 30, 2020 – "For medical practices right now, PPE is the utilities and although it's not what the state has done in the past, it's an important one," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.


Newburyport News

Newburyport News: Medical offices face reopening challenges

June 15, 2020 – "People are nervous to go back to their doctor," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "They may be worried about getting COVID-19 in health care settings, but in reality, you're safer going to the doctor than you are a grocery store."


WBUR

WBUR: Close, sell, consolidate? Tough prognosis for some Massachusetts health care providers

June 11, 2020 – "We may end up folding, but right now we’re keeping our head above water,” MMS member Dr. Kate Atkinson said. “A lot of private practices could be in big trouble.


 CommonWealth Magazine

CommonWealth Magazine: Despite pandemic, health care jobs may be lost

June 10, 2020 – “We need to acknowledge the need for repair of a health care financing system that is leading to financial woes and bankruptcies in the midst of a health care crisis,” MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.


Taunton Gazette

Taunton Daily Gazette: Job losses sting usually stable health care sector

June 10, 2020 – “We have serious concerns about access and continuity of care for patients whose primary care provider are forced to consider consolidating or selling their practice or retiring,” MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.


 WCVB

WCVB: Health system turns slowly back to preventative care under Massachusetts reopening plan

May 19, 2020 – "The expansion of medical practice must proceed in a collaborative manner among patients, physicians, policymakers, and all who engage with and comprise the health care system," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said.


WBUR

WBUR: Mass. reopening plan allows limited expansion of non-emergency health care services

May 18, 2020 – MMS commended the Baker administration for guidelines that "rightfully prioritize the safety of individuals above all, while increasing access to high-priority preventative care and other urgent procedures and services."


 CommonWealth Magazine

CommonWealth Magazine: Telehealth is available, but no one’s calling

May 13, 2020 – If primary care and other medical practices don’t survive, "That would create a real issue of access, and when that occurs it will have all sorts of health ramifications," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said.


Boston.com

Boston.com: Firefighters, paramedics concerned over using KN95 masks

May 4, 2020 – “It is not the gold standard,” MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said about KN95 masks. “We know the N95 masks. We know how well they work, and what they filter, and the safety profile around them.”


Washington Post

Washington Post: In educated and affluent Massachusetts, coronavirus cases surged. The decline has yet to come.

May 1, 2020 – “I would say that as a state we are doing this right,” said MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh, citing the prevalence of testing in Massachusetts, including of asymptomatic people, as factoring into the state’s relatively high infection levels.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Massachusetts website helps front-line heroes find resources in coronavirus battle

April 30, 2020 – "While our health care workforce and first responders have fearlessly and selflessly answered the call to care for our critically ill patients, they are tired — physically, mentally and emotionally," said MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh.


Masslive

MassLive: Caring for all patients during the COVID-19 outbreak

April 29, 2020 – "We do not want to see a widespread avoidance of medical care prompt yet another public health crisis within Massachusetts," write MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh and MHA President and CEO Steve Walsh.


Salem News

Salem News: Don't ignore your health during a pandemic

April 23, 2020 – "Please do not ignore your physical, mental and emotional health or forgo checking in with your physician or health care team out of fear of contracting COVID-19 in a health care setting," writes MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh.


WBUR

WBUR: Gov. Baker, Army Chief Of Staff Visit New 'Boston Hope' Field Hospital

April 18, 2020 – The Massachusetts Medical Society reminded patients that doctors and health care workers are available by phone, telehealth and in-person visits, and patients should be assured that safeguards are in place in doctor's offices.


Telegram

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Army chief at Mass. field hospital: ‘We will defeat this virus’

April 18, 2020 – "Ensuring patient safety is our responsibility and our obligation in any and every interaction. We urge patients to never abstain from seeking care out of fear of contracting COVID-19," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said in a statement.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Medical workers share concerns about masks delivered by Patriots plane

April 12, 2020 – "It is not the gold standard," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh told the Boston Globe. "We know the N95 masks. We know how well they work, and what they filter and the safety profile around them. We know these (KN95) masks are different."


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Time to help house health care workers

April 3, 2020 – We need all hands on deck now. Empty rooms at hotels, casinos can serve those on the front lines of the state’s coronavirus outbreak.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Near tripling of employee coronavirus infections in largest Massachusetts hospitals in past week

April 2, 2020 – Head of nurses association also says current worker infection numbers may understate the problem.


abc6

ABC6: Massachusetts asks for equipment donations and volunteers to join coronavirus fight

March 30, 2020 – The Baker-Polito Administration announced Sunday a new online portal where people can donate personal protective equipment and sign up to volunteer to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Mass. opens online portal to manage protective equipment donations, sales

March 29, 2020 – Governor Charlie Baker said Sunday that his administration has created an online resource.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Coronavirus Testing, Transparency Ramp up, but Still Lag Recommended Levels

March 16, 2020 – Coronavirus screenings have ramped up in Massachusetts, but testing supplies are still at a premium. MMS Past President Dr. Alain Chaoui told the Globe his medical practice began drive-through testing last Friday, but is running low on swab kits.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Kids Should Have Virtual Playdates During Coronavirus School Closure

March 16, 2020 – Instead of get-togethers with friends, children should adhere to social distancing by having virtual playdates, MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh told the Boston Herald.


MassLive

MassLive: Gov. Baker Mandates Health Insurance Cover Telehealth Services

March 16, 2020 – A new mandate directs insurers to cover medically necessary telehealth services to limit hospital visits by patients with acute illnesses during the coronavirus outbreak.


WBUR

WBUR: With School Closures, a Scramble to Get Food to Students in Need

March 15, 2020 – Efforts are underway to help the 300,000 students in Massachusetts that rely on free and reduced-price lunch programs during coronavirus school closures.


WBUR

WBUR: As Mass. Coronavirus Cases Top 100, State Asks To Expand Testing

March 13, 2020 – MMS president Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh stressed the need for COVID-19 testing that provides a result at the point of care in an interview with Morning Edition.


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