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Tips to Stay Healthy in Brookline: A Review

“Talk about the coronavirus, now called COVID-19, is everywhere. While the current risk in Massachusetts remains low, it’s important to remember you can stay healthy by practicing good hygiene. The Brookline Department of Public Health prepared “Tips to Stay Healthy in Brookline: A Review,” which is available on the town website: Take a moment to refresh your memory and remember - if you have flu-like symptoms, stay home and call your health care provider.”

Tips to Stay Healthy in Brookline: A Review. (PDF)

(PDF) نصائح لتحافظ على صحة جيدة في بروكلين:   مراجعة.

在 Brookline 保持健康的小贴士:须知回顾。 (PDF)

Konsèy pou rete an sante nan Brookline: Yon Rezime. (PDF)

טיפים על מנת להישאר בריאים בברוקליין:   סקירה. (PDF)

ブルックライン・健康づくりガイド: 回顧録 (PDF)

Brookline에서 건강을 유지하는 요령: 검토. (PDF)

Dicas para permanecer saudável em Brookline: revisão. (PDF)

Советы для поддержания здоровья в Бруклайне:   обзор.(PDF)

Consejos para mantenerse saludable en Brookline: un resumen. (PDF)

Five Ways to View Coverage of Coronavirus (PDF)

Health Advisory Update on Coronavirus

BROOKLINE – The Brookline Department of Public Health is closely monitoring information about the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus). While the risk is currently low in Brookline, this is a rapidly changing health issue. “We have convened a Task Force which will meet regularly to keep current about the virus and the situation in the United States”, said Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Commissioner for Brookline Public Health (BPH). Brookline is currently at low risk with no cases of coronavirus but, we are closely monitoring the situation. Recently, CDC increased its travel warning to Level 3 for China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. We strongly encourage anyone that has traveled to these countries to stay home and self-monitor for 14 days upon entry into the United States. “I would avoid any unnecessary travel to these countries as well”, said Dr. Swannie Jett. 

Symptoms for COVID-19 include fever and respiratory illness, such as cough and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, infection can cause bronchitis, pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Symptoms may be similar to the flu. Preliminary information suggests that older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe complications from this virus.

Full Press Release (PDF)

2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet (PDF)

Health Alert: Travelers from China (PDF)

Additional Links

Information on the Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronoavirus (MDPH)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC)

Population Health


I’ve been asked many times what population health is. Wikipedia defines it as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." It is in essence, a strategic plan to improve the health of the entire population.

Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (WHO, 1998) Public Health is “What we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy." (IOM 1988).

 Public Health 

  • Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Prevents injuries
  • Promotes and encourages healthy behavior
  • Responds to disasters
  • Assures the quality and accessibility of Health Services

 “Population health is public health”

  • A medical model saves lives one person at a time
  • Public Health saves lives millions at a time.

Through public health achievements life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47.3 years in 1900 to 78.1 years in 1996. That’s a 25+ years of life improvement.

Additional Information

Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Commissioner of Public Health, asks that you contact the Brookline Health Department at 617-730-2300 with any questions or requests for additional information.