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Post-Lockdown Summer: How to Get Out and Stay Safe

As states reopen and restrictions continue to lift, there is still so much uncertainty around COVID-19. One thing we do know for sure: everyone has grown tired of staying home—and this season normally filled with family reunions, vacations and road trips is going to be different. Here, we take a closer look at the facts…

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How to Succeed with Virtual Care Part 2: Tools and Tips to Make the Most of Your 98point6 Visit

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6 Feet of Separation: How Can We Do It Better?

Just a few short weeks ago, many of us had never even heard of the public health term “social distancing.” Now it’s a part of our collective new reality.  “Socialization is at the core of being human. Keeping physical distance right now is key to protect ourselves, our loved ones and those more vulnerable in…

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Should You Be Concerned About Hypertension?

98point6 Physician Sarah Simmons, M.D. on What You Need to Know—and What Many Don’t Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a measure of the excess force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as they move blood through the body. Although it is normal for blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day, prolonged…

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How to Succeed with Virtual Care Part 1: How We Treat via Text

Virtual care may sound mysterious and even a little ambiguous, but it’s actually more straightforward than you think. In this new series aimed at addressing patients’ top questions and concerns, our goal is to offer a better understanding of how 98point6 works and fits into your life—empowering you to take charge of your health and…

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98point6 Physician Erin Jones, MD on Why Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Best Medicine

You feel lousy. You’re certain it’s a sinus infection—just like last year. And like last year, you know that antibiotics will clear up the infection and make you feel better. But are antibiotics the answer? Were they even the correct answer back then? THE REALITY “According to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), if…

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When Is a Headache Cause for Concern? We Asked 98point6 Physician Jud Heugel, MD

While fairly common, headaches can still be a real pain—especially when they’re long-lasting or recurring. Dr. Heugel answers patients’ most frequently asked questions, including which “red flag” symptoms are worth a consultation with a physician. Q: Why am I getting so many headaches?  Dr. Heugel says: Most headaches are caused by simple lifestyle factors like…

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Wildfire Season: We’re Here for You

If wildfires become a concern for you or someone you care about, 98point6 physicians are available 24/7, on-demand and nationwide with medical guidance and support. 98point6 is not intended for emergencies. WHY FIRES ARE A CONCERN  Thanks to warmer, drier climate conditions across the globe, “wildfire season,” which traditionally peaks in August and September, is…

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98point6 physician Leslie Hsiung, MD shares the top things that scare patients—and why you shouldn’t get spooked

MAMMOGRAM Defined: A breast cancer screening recommended for women after a certain age and/or depending on family history. Since guidelines differ, talk to your doctor about what’s best for you. Why it seems scary: For a “non-invasive” test, it’s pretty…personal. And the thought of compressing breast tissue between two plates sounds more than a little…

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Fall Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves, According to 98point6 Physician Helen Gray, MD

As we head into a new season of health conditions and concerns, use this checklist to ensure your medicine cabinet is ready to keep up—and see how 98point6 can help. BASICS  Acetaminophen, pain and fever reducer Ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory; pain and fever reducer Diphenhydramine/antihistamine, allergy relief Fluticasone nasal, allergy sinus relief Hydrocortisone 1%, reduces swelling, itching…

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