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Sonja Bartolome, M.D.


My brother delayed his COVID-19 vaccine. His health, family, and business paid the price.

Unvaccinated people are more likely to get COVID-19 and be hospitalized for it. Anthony Darrell didn’t think it could happen to him – even though his sister, Sonja Bartolome, M.D., urged him to get the shot.


Look beyond breakthrough infections to address COVID-19’s core problems

The increased focus on breakthrough infections, which remain rare and mostly mild, is obscuring the fact that vaccine hesitancy and resistance to mask wearing in public continues to fuel the pandemic.


How to talk to COVID-19 vaccine holdouts: Calm fears, correct myths

Is there anything you can say to a reluctant friend or family member to persuade them COVID-19 vaccination is the right choice for them? The short answer is: 'yes,' says UT Southwestern's Sonja Bartolome. M.D.


COVID-19 vaccines: The tough questions answered by a frontline doctor

The COVID-19 vaccines are ready in record time, but we know you have questions about how they work, safety, and side effects. So here are some evidence-based answers from one of UT Southwestern's medical professional who will be among the first in line to take the shot.


My COVID-19 action plan: How to cope when the virus hits home

You can get COVID-19 even if you do everything right. Dr. Sonja Bartolome and her husband found that out this winter. Get their action plan to keep the rest of the family safe if the virus hits your home.

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COVID-19 vaccines: Separating myths from reality

COVID-19 vaccines represent our best chance of ending the pandemic, but a strong current of resistance and disinformation is sabotaging the effort to protect people from the virus. UT Southwestern's Sonja Bartolome, M.D., separates the vaccine myths from the realities.


Fight COVID-19 fatigue and rising cases with a secret weapon: The Facts

As the pandemic enters its ninth month and cases rise again, now is not the time to give in to COVID-19 fatigue. UT Southwestern's Dr. Bartolome says the best way to fight it is by reinforcing the facts about the virus, and rededicating ourselves to safety measures that reduce its spread.


Are we ready for some football? Risks for fans in the stands during COVID-19

Texas football fans have always gone to great lengths to support their teams. But the Season of COVID-19 is forcing them to call an audible and assess the risks of being a fan in the stands. Respiratory specialist Dr. Sonja Bartolome provides a game plan for safety.


Which COVID test is best? Pros and cons of coronavirus detection methods

With more people getting tested for COVID-19, which method is the best? And do I really need to get a test? Check out this quick comparison of the three main types of coronavirus detection tests, the methods, the speed of results, and their overall effectiveness.


COVID-19 and positivity: 7 encouraging signs amid the pandemic

Looking for a few rays of hope during the pandemic? UT Southwestern respiratory specialist Dr. Sonja Bartolome sees at least seven, including prevention measures taking hold in Texas.