June 22, 2020 News

Facts vs. Fear: Emerging from the COVID-19 Crisis

As New York and the nation begin the process of reopening, we have all begun to think of the world a little differently. While many of us are eager to get back to work and reconnect with family, friends, and colleagues, there is still a lot of anxiety about what the future has in-store.

Let’s face it, few of us ever expected to experience a world quite like this. 

Understandably, the COVID-19 crisis has taken its toll, physically, emotionally, and economically. But it’s important we not let fear consume us, but rather, smart decision-making guide us moving forward.

Fear is an important and powerful emotion. It’s the result of millions of years of evolution and has taught us how to survive in dangerous situations. While this emotion works wonders to keep us safe in threatening environments, it can also lead to unnecessary worry.

Instead, we must rely on facts.

The facts are, while COVID-19 continues to exist, simple precautions go a long way in preventing the spread of this disease.

As we return to work, school, and the community, we cannot let our guard down and must continue with commonsense preventive measures such as:

  • Frequent hand-washing
  • Appropriate social distancing
  • Wearing masks in public
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Taking advantage of telemedicine
  • Maintain good health with annual checkups, and contact your personal physician when you are not feeling well

We must also continue to do everything possible to protect those who are at a greater risk for developing complications from the virus. This includes those who are over the age of 60, and those with underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

Our post-covid lives will look different, but we’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and I’m optimistic about the future.

In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to safely reconnecting with our community, and continuing the CDPHP mission of keeping you healthy, happy, safe, and secure.

John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP
About Author

Dr. Bennett was named president and CEO of CDPHP in 2008, after serving as chairman of the board since 2003, vice chairman since 1999, and board member since 1996. Prior to working at CDPHP, Dr. Bennett served as chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital, was a member of Northeast Health Systems’ board of directors, and chaired the department of medicine. Dr. Bennett also served as CEO of Prime Care Physicians, PPLC, where he practiced cardiology with Albany Associates in Cardiology. Dr. Bennett chairs the board of directors for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (Hixny). In addition, he is a member of the boards of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Colonie Senior Service Centers, the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, the Center for Economic Growth, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), and the Palace Theatre. Dr. Bennett earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed his residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. Currently, he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in internal medicine and cardiology.

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