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Monoclonal Antibody Therapy at Montefiore

Studies show that when monoclonal antibodies are given intravenously to high-risk people diagnosed early with COVID-19, they may prevent them from experiencing severe symptoms that lead to hospitalizations. Montefiore currently offers monoclonal antibody therapy at our infusion suite.

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Dr. Paul Bulman, Supervising Psychologist, sitting in an office discussing COVID-19 related anxiety and how to breathe.

Taking a deep breath can help reduce anxiety. Montefiore’s Supervising Psychologist and Assistant Director of the Trauma-Informed Care Program, Dr. Paul Bulman, demonstrates ways to breathe better when feeling anxious about COVID-19.

Transcript

When there's a threat to our health and safety like the coronavirus, our brains are hard at work trying to keep us safe, and one way your brain has of doing that is through the fight, flight, or freeze response, which does things like quicken your heartbeat and your breathing so that you can respond really quickly to any physical threats. This is what fight, flight, or freeze breathing looks like. Notice the hand on my chest rising falling rather quickly as I take those breaths.

While this response is normal, it isn't very helpful during a long lasting public health crisis that requires us to stay calm and mostly indoors. Taking quick shallow breaths over a longer period of time can make your body and your anxiety feel worse. The first step towards healthy restorative breathing is mindfulness.

Throughout your day, take moments to notice how you're breathing. Is your breathing quick and shallow, or are you taking slower, deeper breaths? Next, take a few minutes for some slow, deep breathing. First, get into a comfortable position. You can close your eyes if you'd like. Next, take a slow deep breath in through your nose for around five seconds.

Let the air fill your belly and picture that clean air filling your entire body with calm. Hold that for just a few moments and then breathe out even more slowly for around seven seconds, picturing any anxiety leaving your body with the air. I'm going to invite you to take two, slow, deep breaths along with me, and as you do, I invite you to place one hand on your stomach so that you can feel that hand rise as you take a breath in and fall as you take a breath out.

Once again, find a nice comfortable position, and feel free to close your eyes if you'd like. And now, I invite you to take a deep breath in through your nose for around five seconds, letting it fill your belly and your entire body with calm. Hold that for just a moment, and now breathe out even more slowly for a count of seven, picturing any anxiety leaving your body with the air. Very good.

We're going to do one more, breathing in slowly through your nose for around five seconds, letting it sell your body with calm. Hold that for just a moment and now breathe out even more slowly for seven seconds, picturing any anxiety leaving your body with the air.

Feel free to call our relaxation hotline at 718-920-CALM, or 2256 to access a three minute relaxing breathing exercise, along with many other relaxation strategies. Take a few minutes for deep breathing several times a day. You deserve it.

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Dr. Charles Esenwa,  Montefiore’s Medical Director at the Comprehensive Center for Stroke Care, discussing strokes and COVID-19.

Why are some COVID-19 patients having strokes? Montefiore’s Medical Director at the Comprehensive Center for Stroke Care, Dr. Charles Esenwa, explains why some COVID-19 patients experience strokes, who is most at risk and what causes these COVID-19-associated strokes.

Transcript

- What we've noticed in COVID-19 is that there's about a 1% risk of patients suffering a stroke while they're infected with COVID-19. And before we talk about the specifics, I think it's really important to define what a stroke is. In order to do that, I have a model of a brain here, and as you can see, the model has all of these folds, and each one of these is responsible for doing something. So for example, this part of the brain and this fold specifically here controls movement of one side of the body. This fold, for example, controls speech or language. Now, if a blood vessel that supplies this part of the brain is blocked off, and that part of the brain is not receiving blood, that's exactly what a stroke is, and that is the definition of a stroke. Now, in COVID-19, we've noticed that the patients who we're treating and who are coming in with strokes tend to be younger. And what I mean by that is, the typical age for a stroke is anywhere in the 60s and 70s, but we've encountered a lot of patients who come in in their 40s and more so in their 50s. The other difference is that COVID-associated stroke or patients with COVID-associated stroke are less likely to have what we call traditional risk factors. And what I mean by that are the typical risk factors that we think of, like hypertension or high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol. Patients with COVID-associated stroke are younger, and they're less likely to have these traditional risk factors. Now, the good news is that, as I said earlier, stroke seems to affect a very, very small percent of people with COVID-19, and that's less than 1%. But we are still working on trying to decipher why it is that COVID affects the younger and also more healthy individuals. What we're starting to come to, however, is that, with COVID-19 infection and with the pneumonia that people suffer, they also have a heightened inflammatory state in their body. And what I mean by inflammatory state is that the body is trying to fight off the virus. And in doing that, all of the chemicals and things in the blood that help in that fight can make people more likely to develop clots. And when people develop clots in their blood, those clots can lodge themselves and block off critical arteries that supply the brain, hence, leading to a stroke. If somebody with COVID-19 starts to experience symptoms of a stroke, the most important thing to do is to call 911 immediately. During the COVID-19 surge, we actually measured how many patients with stroke came to the hospital, and it was about a 50% drop in the number of patients that we were able to treat for their stroke. This is an important thing to talk about, because we don't want people staying at home with stroke symptoms. And if they were to come to the hospital, we could potentially treat them and limit any long-term disability that they would otherwise have from their stroke. Now, here at the Montefiore Comprehensive Center for Stroke Care, the first comprehensive stroke center from Northern Manhattan to Albany, and one of only 200 such centers nationwide, we treat mild strokes, all the way out to the most severe strokes, but we only have about 4 1/2 hours to do that. And we know that the quicker people come to the hospital, the less likely they will have long-term disability from stroke. And that's true, no matter if they have COVID-19 or not. The quicker we can treat, the better people will do in the long run. Early on, ahead of the COVID-19 surge, we implemented measures to prevent COVID-19 infection in people coming into the hospital for emergencies, like stroke. Those measures have remained in place today, including COVID-free zones for treatment.

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COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Individuals experiencing these symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID-19:

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Cover Coughs

Cough

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Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Or at least two of the symptoms below:

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Fever

Fever

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Chills

Chills

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Repeated shaking with chills

Repeated shaking with chills

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Muscle Pain

Muscle pain

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Headache

Headache

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Sore Throat

Sore throat

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New loss of taste or smell

New loss of taste or smell

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Diarrhea

Diarrhea


This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Care doesn’t stop

To ensure the safety of all our patients, we’ve implemented rigorous COVID-SAFE Care protocols, tailored to each setting.

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Covid-safe Care

Your Gratitude Keeps Us Going

The current outpouring of appreciation for New York's healthcare workers has been truly humbling. Our community's grace and optimism in the face of hardship inspires us every day. To all those who have cheered and honored our heroes, and to the many who are giving to support our COVID-19 efforts, Montefiore-Einstein would like to thank you. To those who would like to show their support, here's how.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is thought to spread by people in close contact (approximately within 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also possible to contract the virus by touching an infected surface or item and then touching the nose, eyes or mouth. The virus may be able to live on a surface for a prolonged period of time.

Protect Yourself
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Wash Hands
Wash hands frequently with soap
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Avoid Touching eyes and mouth
Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth
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Seek Care
Seek care if you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath
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Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
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Distance
Maintain social distance of at least 6 feet
Protect Others
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Stay Home
Stay home if you’re unwell
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Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover coughs and sneezes
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Clean and disinfect surfaces
Clean and disinfect surfaces
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Mask
Use a face covering when leaving the home for essentials
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Distance
Maintain social distance of at least 6 feet

Trusted Information Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The leading national public health institute of the United States
 

NY.gov

For the latest COVID-19 guidelines and information from New York State 

World Health Organization

UN agency responsible for international public health