Top Doc to leave the post, new study on COVID and fertility – NBC Chicago

Illinois’ top doctor has announced she will step down as head of the state’s health department this month.

His announcement comes as health officials say Illinois is entering the “next phase” of the coronavirus pandemic, with the lifting of masking and vaccination restrictions in Chicago and across the state.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

What’s next for Illinois’ top doctor? Here’s what Dr. Ezike says is his new priority after leaving IDPH

Following Tuesday’s announcement that Illinois’ top doctor would be stepping down later this month, the director of the state’s public health department, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, detailed his next goal.

In a moving address on Tuesday, Ezike thanked Illinois for allowing her to lead the state through a global pandemic and said it was time for her to make her family a priority after a number of ‘sacrifices’ over the past two years.

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COVID infection could cause erectile dysfunction, decreased fertility, new study finds

A COVID-19 infection has the ability to reach the male genital tract, causing health problems in the penis, testicles and prostate, according to a new study from Northwestern Medicine.

The study found that coronavirus infection caused testicular pain, erectile dysfunction, reduced sperm count and decreased fertility in a number of subjects.

Northwestern warned that “millions” of men could be affected by the study results and that men previously infected with COVID should “evaluate their sexual health.”

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‘She’ll go down in the Illinois history books’: IDPH director Dr. Ngozi Ezike steps down

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike will step down later this month after serving in the role for three years, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday.

Ezike will serve his last day as Illinois’ top doctor on March 14. Dr. Amaal Tokars, who is currently the deputy director of IDPH, will serve as interim director as a nationwide search is launched to find a permanent replacement, according to the governor. Office.

In announcing his departure, Pritzker proclaimed Dr. Ngozi Ezike Day in Illinois on Tuesday, acknowledging his role in the state’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“No number of sleepless nights and endless days could exhaust his commitment to putting Illinois’ most vulnerable first,” Pritzker said. “I ran for office, I ran for office. She didn’t. But throughout the crisis, she stood by me every step of the way. I don’t put it down. lightly when I say she had one of the toughest jobs in There is something particularly heroic about serving an extraordinary individual who did not seek greatness, but got it when even found.

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5 more states and territories removed from Chicago travel advisory

Five states and territories were removed from Chicago’s travel advisory on Tuesday, reducing the city’s warning list to 47 states and one territory.

The city’s health department announced that the District of Columbia, Nebraska, Ohio, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands all lifted the advisory this week.

By next week, the city noted that more than a dozen more locations could be removed.

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Pritzker issues updated executive order as Mask’s tenure ends

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an updated executive order on Monday, officially ending mandatory masking in most indoor environments in the state.

Under the new order, masks will no longer be required inside most businesses and will no longer be required inside schools, but these institutions will be allowed to enact their own mask requirements at their own discretion. , according to the order.

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