News During Times of Crisis

Published: January 1, 2021

This page is in the process of being updated.

Everyone is encouraged to practice recommended actions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please wear facemasks as mandated or encouraged. Social distance as much as possible. Wash yours hands regularly. Sanitize home and work environments routinely. (Here’s a good read: Myths About Masks, from John Hopkins Medicine).

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During the COVID-19 crisis, MAO is piloting a page dedicated to articles and interviews of interest to those it serves. The information shared is based on the popularity of the information based on social media and web sharing. The sharing of these articles and news sources is for information purposes only and the views of those shared or quoted are entirely theirs.

On April 7, 2021, Governor Kay Ivey issued her twenty-sixth supplemental emergency proclamation transitioning the state from an amended Safer at Home Order to a new Safer Apart Order, the third phase of COVID-19 pandemic health orders. Masks will no longer be mandated statewide, but individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people. This order goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 and extends until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

COVID-19 & People Living w/ HIV
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May 15, 2020
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International AIDS Society Webinar
April 3, 2020

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Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard.
NEED TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19? Visit the COVID-19 in Alabama webpage, hosted by the Alabama Department of Public Health, Division of Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks

April 9, 2020
HIV Leadership Informs People Living with HIV about the Impact of COVID-19

April 7, 2020
“UAB infectious disease specialist answers questions about COVID-19”

Many of the MAO team members serve Alabama communities in multiple capacities. Take Dr. Wick Many, MD, as an example. His work as a provider, educator, and researcher for the University of Alabama spanning multiple decades still keeps him post retirement and even though he is now a provider at MAO. “80 percent of people who have coronavirus have no symptoms at all.” Take a moment to read the observations shared by Dr. Wick Many in an April interview for WSFA TV12 speaking on behalf of UAB.

The Washington Post
April 6, 2020
“The covid-19 crisis is going to get much worse when it hits rural areas”

March 25, 2020
Dr. Mike Saag: COVID-19 to the Birmingham Rotary Club

In case you missed it, on March 25, 2020 Dr. Michael Saag (founder of the UAB 1917 [HIV] Clinic, keynote speaker for MAO’s 2019 Breaking Barriers Summit, and generally a world rock-star in HIV circles) did a 45-minute talk from home on COVID-19 to the Birmingham Rotary Club. Dr. Saag has COVID-19.

FACING SOUTH: A Voice for a Changing South
March 19, 2020
“COVID-19 exposes the precarious state of rural health care in the South”

At times like these, the challenges faced to deliver rural healthcare becomes clearer. Take a moment to read the latest from FACING South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies. Thank you to Cordelia Stearns, MD, MAO’s Medical Director, for including the voice of those providing care in South Alabama.