Released: 5/10/2021 8:51:00 AM
The WNY COVID Working Group - a group of more than 20 healthcare and health-related organizations - released information on May 10 directed toward student athletes.
We are nearing the finish line with COVID. But we have a distance to go. We are asking for your help.
Athletics are important to you. They are also good for your health and your future. But we have to reduce risks.
If you get COVID, you will be off sports for at least 2 weeks. This will affect your whole season. But COVID can affect you longer than that. Many kids have less energy for many weeks more. And unfortunately, sometimes COVID can hurt you permanently.
Here’s what you can do:
Keep in mind that indoor sports are riskier. So if you play hockey or wrestle, for example, be extra careful.
You are a valuable member of your team. Let’s make sure that the team continues to have you at your best.
Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, Erie County Department of Health
Richard A. Carlson, Jr., MD, Primary Care IPA
Richard Charles, MD, General Physician, PC
Joe Chow, MD, Immediate Care
Tyler Connine, MD, UB Emergency Medicine Residency
Anne Constantino, MS, Horizon Corporations
John Craik, JD, Population Health Collaborative
Tanvir Dara, MD, WellNow Urgent Care
Kathleen Dyson, MD, Community Pediatric Associates of WNY
Aimana ElBahtity, Esq., Medical Society of Erie County
John Fudyma, MD, MPH, Latus Medical Care
Ken Garbarino, MD, Family Choice of New York
Kevin Gibbons, MD, UBMD
Kathleen Grisanti, MD, Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care of WNY
Ed Heidelberger, MD, PhD, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital
Allana Krolikowski, MD, Jericho Road
Jeffrey Lackner, PsyD, UB Division of Behavioral Medicine
Charlene Ludlow, RN, MHA, Erie County Medical Center
James C. Matteliano, DDS, Eighth District Dental Society
Jason Matuszak, MD, Excelsior Orthopaedics
Jennifer McVige, MD, Dent Neurologic Institute
Mike Merrill, MD, MS, MBA, Independent Health
Katherine Mullin, MD, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jamie Nadler, MD, Kaleida Health
Margaret Paroski, MD, MMM, Catholic Medical Partners
Sucharita Paul, MD, MPH, UBMD Emergency Medicine
Mark F. Perry, MD, Highmark BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
John Sellick, DO, MS, VA Western New York Healthcare System
Samuel Shatkin, MD, Aesthetic Associates Center
Kevin Shiley, MD, Catholic Health
Stephen Turkovich, MD, Oishei Children’s Hospital
Raul Vazquez, MD, Urban Family Practice
Andrea J. Wanat, MA, Value Network IPA
Joyce Zmuda, MD, Optimum Physician Alliance
The ILI/COVID Working Group of Western New York was formed in response to local variation in approach to the diagnosis and treatment of Influenza-Like-Illness and COVID-19 in the region. It is a collaborative effort of hospital systems, academic departments, independent practice associations, and insurers. The logos and signatures on this document represent the organizations’ support of this statement.
For previous statements and information from the WNY COVID-19 Work Group, visit https://wnydocs.org/WNY-COVID-19-Work-Group-Resources/