The origin of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is uncertain because it contains a large number of mutations that are rare in other known human variants. The most popular theory is that Omicron evolved during a protracted infection of an … Continue reading COVID-19: Did Omicron Evolve in Mice?
More than 4.58 billion people worldwide have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, equal to about 59.7 percent of the world population. This map shows the stark gap between vaccination programs in different countries. The data is compiled from … Continue reading How Many People Have Been COVID-19 Vaccinated Worldwide?
In the northern hemisphere, the arrival of winter has brought concerns about COVID-19 back to the forefront, with multiple countries reporting high case rates and warning of increasing pressure on hospital services. The situation prompted Austria, a small EU member … Continue reading Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines Are Not The Solution
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused millions of people to be ill and led to millions of deaths worldwide. This public health emergency has affected everyone’s life and well-being. Through the suffering, however, there is one silver lining: The pandemic has … Continue reading How COVID-19 is Changing Research and Healthcare
Experts say it’s likely we will need COVID-19 booster shots in the future, although it’s too early to tell how often those shots could be needed. Spencer Platt/Getty Images COVID-19 booster shots work by strengthening the immunity protection provided by … Continue reading Are COVID-19 Boosters Needed Every 6 Months?
The CDC on Tuesday gave the green light for this age group to get a Pfizer shot, which marks the first COVID-19 vaccine available for children under 12 years old. All Americans ages 5 and up are now vaccine-eligible. Children … Continue reading COVID Vaccine for Kids Ages 5 to 11: Top Questions Answered
nfluenza (the flu) and COVID-19, the illness caused by the pandemic coronavirus, are both contagious respiratory illnesses, meaning they affect your lungs and breathing, and can be spread to others. Although the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can look similar, … Continue reading COVID-19 vs. the Flu Similarities and Differences
The pharmaceutical firm Merck announced last week that an antiviral pill it’s developing can cut hospitalizations and deaths among people with COVID-19 by half. The results haven’t yet been peer reviewed. But if the drug candidate, molnupiravir, is authorized by … Continue reading How Antiviral Pill Molnupiravir Shot Ahead in the COVID Drug Hunt
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, one that especially reaches into your respiratory tract, which includes your lungs. COVID-19 can cause a range of breathing problems, from mild to critical. Older adults and people who have other health conditions like heart … Continue reading What Does the COVID-19 Virus Do to Your Lungs?
New COVID-19 cases increased this past week in the United States but so did the daily vaccination rate. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images New COVID-19 cases have risen to more than 100,000 per day over the past week in … Continue reading Where COVID-19 Cases Are Rising and Falling
The one time I got tested for COVID-19, I wound up in the emergency room — but not because I tested positive. During the test, as the technician kept inching the swab deeper and deeper inside my nose, I felt … Continue reading Do Nasal or Oral Swab Covid-19 Tests Cause Body Damage?
Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert whose projections on COVID-19 infections and deaths are closely followed worldwide, is changing his assumptions about the course of the pandemic. Murray had until recently been hopeful that the discovery of several … Continue reading When Will the Covid-19 Pandemic End?
People with asthma face unique challenges when it comes to COVID-19. However, research suggests that people with asthma are not at higher risk for contracting the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) or developing COVID-19 if they do contract an infection. Dr. Payel … Continue reading Expert Update: COVID-19 and Asthma
The COVID-19 vaccines in use now have been touted for how well they work—the Pfizer vaccine trials found its product to be 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections after both shots and the Moderna 94.1 percent effective after the … Continue reading Can You Spread Coronavirus After Vaccination?
Myth: Taking a COVID Vaccine Will Give You COVID No, a COVID-19 vaccine will not give you COVID-19. According to the CDC, none of the vaccines in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. Instead, … Continue reading COVID Vaccine Myths Debunked by Experts
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to make face masks one of its primary recommendations for preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — some people are turning to plastic face shields … Continue reading Why Plastic Face Shields Aren’t a Safe Alternative to Face Masks
Pregnancy is an exciting — and stressful — time. Your mind races with a zillion questions and concerns ranging from mild (but not silly — there are no silly questions when you’re pregnant) to very serious. A common question is … Continue reading Coronavirus and Pregnancy: Symptoms, Treatment and Risks
The COVID-19 vaccines in use now have been touted for how well they work—the Pfizer vaccine trials found its product to be 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections after both shots and the Moderna 94.1 percent effective after the … Continue reading Can You Spread Coronavirus After You Receive the Vaccine?
The U.S. this week started requiring travelers to show negative Covid-19 tests before flying to the United States from abroad. Now the Biden administration is “actively looking” at whether to mandate Covid-19 tests before domestic flights, a senior Centers for … Continue reading Covid Testing: Airlines Push Back On Testing For Domestic Flights
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends multi-layer cloth masks for the general public. The ideal mask blocks both large respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes — the primary method by which people pass the virus to others — along … Continue reading Best and Worst Face Masks For Covid-19 Virus Protection
But let’s back up a second: A rapid test manufactured by Abbott Laboratories was given emergency use authorization by the FDA in August 2020. Now, 50 million of these tests are being produced and distributed nationwide every month. Here’s how … Continue reading How Reliable Is the COVID-19 Rapid Test?
Jessica Alba leads the 190 employees of the Honest Company—the nontoxic beauty and home goods brand she founded—from a desk smack-dab in the middle of Honest’s light-filled, open-concept Los Angeles headquarters. That is, when she isn’t on the road, expanding … Continue reading Jessica Alba’s On Exercise, Family and Business During Pandemic
Currently available evidence indicates that COVID-19 may be transmitted from person to person through several different routes. In the scoping review published by La Rosa et al , the human coronaviruses primary transmission mode is person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets … Continue reading Transmission and Prevention of COVID-19
Accumulating evidence supports ending isolation and precautions for persons with COVID-19 using a symptom-based strategy. This update incorporates recent evidence to inform the duration of isolation and precautions recommended to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to others, while limiting unnecessary prolonged … Continue reading Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19
Although COVID-19 originated in China, the country has made striking improvements. Since the country’s first case, the government adopted strict measures to prevent spreading the virus. As a result, life in China has returned back to normal to a large … Continue reading How China Recovered From COVID-19 Without Vaccine
To be properly protective, COVID-19 vaccines need to be given to most people worldwide. Only through widespread vaccination will we reach herd immunity – where enough people are immune to stop the disease from spreading freely. To achieve this, some … Continue reading Should COVID-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory? Two Experts Discuss
Beer and wine both have a lot of different effects on the body, both positive and negative. On the positive side, a lot of research on red wine (and some on beer and white wine) indicates that one drink a … Continue reading The Best Beer to Drink on a Diet
#PandemicLife has been going for what feels like forever (real time: six months), and the whole thing is starting to feel endless. With restrictions on just about every aspect of life and the constant need to wear face masks in … Continue reading When Can You Stop Wearing A Face Mask To Protect From COVID-19?
Your social feeds are lousy with a witch’s brew of supplements that promise to boost your immunity. Surely you’ve seen touts for products like elderberry extract, colloidal silver, and even mushroom powder. But your immunity isn’t a switch—it’s a network. … Continue reading How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy and Strong
By now, the science is settled: Wearing a mask is the easiest, least intrusive way to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Understanding why isn’t rocket science, but it’s not always intuitive, either. If you—or someone you know, say, … Continue reading This Viral Video Shows How Masks Help Stop COVID-19 from Spreading
Obesity has been linked to an increased risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19 since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Now, experts say having obesity may increase your chances of dying of COVID-19 by nearly 50 percent, according … Continue reading New Study Links Obesity to Increassd Risks of Covid-19
COVID-19 takes a toll on the heart, and not just metaphorically. A recent study looked at the hearts of 100 patients recovering from the novel coronavirus that has gripped the globe. Seventy-eight of the hundred showed signs of heart complications … Continue reading The Effects of COVID-19 on Your Heart and Your Workout
You don’t achieve greatness overnight—and the same goes for scoring rock-solid immunity. Strengthening your body’s defenses requires consistent effort. So take a seat and let’s study your new stay-healthy playbook. Like most of us, I’m doing my damnedest to stay … Continue reading How To Boost Your Immune System – 15 Tips From Experts
Around the world people have tested positive for coronavirus after recovering from COVID-19. Doctors say people most likely have immunity against COVID-19 for at least several months. Immunity against COVID-19 likely won’t last your enitre lifetime, according to experts. Scientists … Continue reading Doctors Answer Whether You Can Get COVID-19 Twice
The No. 1 reason to use hand sanitizer is to reduce your chances of becoming risk by transferring germs from your hands to your face, especially your mouth and nose. Without even realizing it you likely touch your face with … Continue reading Homemade Hand Sanitizer DIY Recipe
Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious bacterial infection. It causes the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed. Each year, approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. get meningococcal disease, which includes meningitis and septicemia (blood … Continue reading Meningococcal Meningitis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments and Vaccines
The UK Foreign Office (FCO) is currently advising against all but essential international travel for an indefinite period. However, countries across Europe have begun to ease lockdown measures and border restrictions, and some have started to welcome domestic and international … Continue reading Which European Countries Are Easing Travel Restrictions?
If you’ve ever stepped off a plane with stained and rumpled clothes, a pore-clogged face, a jet lag-induced headache, and a mouth that still tastes like hours-old airplane food, you know how tricky it can be to stay clean and … Continue reading Travel Hygiene Tips: Staying Fresh on the Road
Wearing a face mask often helps people feel protected and reassured. But can a surgical face mask keep you from being exposed to or transmitting certain infectious diseases? And, if face masks do shield you from infectious diseases, such as … Continue reading How to Wear a Face Mask to Reduce Virus Transmission
Bruce Waight grappled with one of the new guidelines for reopening laid out by regulators when his Oklahoma City barber shop, Rooted Barber + Shop, opened on Tuesday. “It’s hard to breathe in these masks,” Waight said. But he was … Continue reading Getting Your Hair Cut After the Pandemic – Barber Shop Safety
If you’ve been having bizarre dreams (and lots of them) ever since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone. Dr. Claudia Aguirre, MD, neuroscientist, mind-body expert, and Women’s Health Advisory Board member, says that you can probably … Continue reading What Causes Weird Dreams Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Per Doctor
I’m a 26-year-old nurse from Indianapolis, Indiana. I’m married with two kids and have two more on the way. My youngest is 11 months old, and my oldest is 3. My twins (a boy and a girl) are due on … Continue reading Nurse Gets Covid-19 While Pregnant With Twins And Shares Symptoms
The “race with no end” is the nickname for a real race—a challenge in which runners repeatedly make a 4.1667-mile loop around a property in Tennessee every 60 minutes for hours—usually days—until there is only one runner left. Officially called … Continue reading How to Keep Your Energy Up – When Will Quarantine End
Whether you’re fighting off an infection or combating a cold, adding a few immune-boosting vitamins to your routine can be incredibly beneficial. In fact, certain vitamins, minerals and supplements have been shown to fine-tune immune function, enhance antibody production and … Continue reading Immune Boosting Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
Your body faces constant attacks by germs, toxins and other harmful invaders. At the same time, everyday stress and worry can keep you and your body on constant high alert. All of those things demand attention from your immune system. … Continue reading Natural Antiviral Agents that Optimize Immune Response
Boris Johnson was moved into intensive care last night after his condition worsened amid concerns that he may need a ventilator to aid his fight against coronavirus. The prime minister was put into the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ … Continue reading Boris Johnson in Covid-19 Intensive Care
The surgical mask has come to symbolize the fears and controversies surrounding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. You probably saw pictures of people wearing the masks everywhere after reports of the rapid spread of the coronavirus emerged from China in … Continue reading DIY Medical Masks – Making Your Own Cloth Face Mask
If you’ve been to the grocery store during the coronavirus COVID-19, you’ve likely felt some mixture of anxiety, loneliness, fear, confusion, frustration, and maybe even paranoia. And if you’ve turned to social media for help with grocery shopping during the … Continue reading Grocery Shopping Coronavirus Safety – Supermarkets and COVID-19