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This week on MD for Moms, I’ll be interviewing NYC-based hospitalist, Dr. Rebecca Berger about how to support family who are sick and hospitalized. Being sick is stressful, of course, but so is having someone you love be ill. While bringing socks and a warm blanket is nice, there is a lot more family members can do to make someone’s admission as easy as possible. Dr. Berger tells us about ways to support loved ones in a pragmatic way, from designating one family point person to minimizing the chance of delirium and much more. We also delve into topics such as healthcare proxies, powers of attorney and advanced directives. Some of this is hard to think about, but it’s important to be prepared for a time when you or a loved one is severely ill.
We also explore the current state of COVID and how it is impacting hospital systems. The Omicron variant is the newest area of concern, but Delta is still most common. How do these infections differ? What do we know about these variants compared to the original COVID-19? Dr. Berger will also explain who should receive a vaccine booster and why being vaccined and boostered (triple vaccinated) is essential to minimize the risk of severe disease.