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Addressing COVID-19 in Special Populations with Underlying Co-Morbidities

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Addressing COVID-19 in Special Populations with Underlying Co-Morbidities
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Eastern (ET)

The influence of comorbidities on COVID-19 outcomes has been recognized since the earliest days of the pandemic. Conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, some cancers, asthma, and other conditions can worsen the outcomes for patients who also have COVID.  Understanding the impact of comorbidity in COVID-19 it enables prioritization for interventions such as preventive measures, vaccination, and early treatment. In this session, Dr. Gaeta will discuss the challenges posed by co-morbidities, particularly for low-income and low-resourced populations such as migrants and immigrants. Dr. Gaeta will address strategies for screening, prevention, and treatment of patients with COVID-19 and underlying co-morbidities.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to…

  • Discuss the impact of common co-morbidities on the outcomes for patients with COVID-19.
  • Explore the prioritization of preventative measures, vaccination, and early treatment for patients with underlying co-morbidities.
  • Examine unique strategies to best meet the needs of special populations with underlying co-morbidities.


Susan Gaeta
Susan Gaeta

Dr. Gaeta is Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center and prior attending in the Critical Care Department for 10 years. Gaeta is Chair of Inpatient Clinical Informatics and Patient Safety Quality Officer for the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Gaeta has published and presented nationally on Immunotherapy Adverse Events, Covid in cancer Patients, Sepsis in cancer patients, ED Surge and Overcrowding.

Gaeta is currently pursuing a MS in Health Care Transformation at UT Austin and has been appointed National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellow 2022-2023, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC) Accelerating Latinx Leadership Spring 2023 Cohort. 

Dr. Gaeta graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. While in medical school she was actively involved in the Chicano Medical Student Association (CMSA) and was the Northern California Coordinator 1997. Dr. Gaeta completed an Internal Medicine Residency in Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC and a Critical Care Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Continuing Education Credit (CEU)

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Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


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Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), is accredited as an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.