Will Vaccines Work Against the New Coronavirus Variants?
Everyone has heard the scary reports about the new, more infectious coronavirus variants that are circulating in countries around the world, but scientists aren't pushing the panic button at this point. Why? Because the... Read more
500,000 COVID Deaths by February, Administration Warns
You're More Likely to Maintain Social Distance If Your Friends Do
Family and friends can influence whether people follow social distancing recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study finds. This influence outweighed whether people personally felt distancing was the right thing to do... Read more
Details of National Pandemic Response Plan
A day after his inauguration, President Joe Biden plans to unveil a new, far-reaching pandemic response plan. He'll also issue executive orders that aim to ramp up the production and distribution of COVID-19 tests and vaccines, make schools and travel safer, and help states fight the spread of coronavirus... Read more
Kids Highly Likely to Transmit Coronavirus to Others
While children are less susceptible to illness with the new coronavirus, they are nearly 60% more likely than adults over 60 to infect other family members when they are sick, a new study shows. The findings show the need to... Read more
What Will COVID-19 Look Like in the Future?
The bad news? COVID-19 may be around for a long, long time. The good news? Even if it does, new research suggests it could very well end up being just another mild illness, bringing with it inconvenience and discomfort, but rarely hospitalization or death. Why? The theory is... Read more
What Happened to the Flu This Year?
The United States has far fewer flu cases than normal, and experts say it's probably due to measures people are taking to protect themselves from COVID-19. Flu season usually peaks between December and February but so far this flu season, there have been just... Read more
Can You Stop COVID Precautions After Vaccination?
It will be tempting for folks to think they can resume a "normal" life after they've received the two-dose course of the COVID-19 vaccine. But infectious disease experts warn that you'll still need to wear a mask and practice social distancing because vaccinated folks could become unknowing "Typhoid Mary" candidates... Read more
20 Vitamins and Supplements To Boost Immune Health for COVID-19
COVID-19 coronavirus has many symptoms, including fever and dry cough, to more extreme symptoms requiring immediate medical help. If you have relatively mild COVID-19 symptoms, these vitamins and supplements can... Read more
COVID-19 vs. Flu vs. Common Cold: Differences and Similarities
Are you confused by your symptoms and wonder if you have a COVID-19 infection or actually just a cold or the flu? Learn the similarities and differences for each condition with this simple symptoms chart... Read more
How Do the COVID-19 Coronavirus Tests Work?
Tests for coronavirus may use two methods to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of COVID-19 disease, a debilitating and potentially deadly viral pneumonia.
The first and most prevalent method to detect the virus in individuals is based on... Read more
Are Face Shields Better Than Face Masks for Coronavirus?
Hundreds of millions of Americans heeded recent government advice and rushed to wear cloth face masks, hoping they might prevent transmission of the new coronavirus. But there's another option and is it better? Read more
How Long Does Coronavirus Stay on Clothes and Laundry?
Many emergency room workers remove their clothes as soon as they get home -- some before they even enter. Does that mean you should worry about COVID-19 transmission from your own clothing, towels, and other textiles?
While researchers found that the virus can remain on some surfaces for up to 72 hours, the study... Read more
Boosting Your Immunity From COVID-19? These Foods, Vitamins, Routines Work Best
To protect those they love from a virus that can kill, people online are flooding the internet with search results for the best vitamins, foods, and activities to boost your immune system against coronavirus COVID-19.
The internet provides plenty of answers—some reliable, others not... Read more
Can You Spread COVID-19 With No Symptoms? Asymptomatic/Pre-symptomatic Studies Say Yes
If you have no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, can you pass the disease to others? News from the World Health Organization this week muddied the waters.
But studies suggest asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic carriers were shown to be contagious in a window of time lasting anywhere from... Read more
How Long Does Coronavirus Stay on Surfaces and in the Air?
The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, remains viable in aerosols for hours and on surfaces for days, according to a new study.
The data indicate that the stability of the new virus is... Read more
Coronavirus Isn't Even 'Alive,' But Expert Explains How It Can Harm
It has spread across the globe in just a few short months, sickening hundreds of thousands, but the new coronavirus has the dubious distinction of not really being a living organism, biologists say. "Viruses aren't considered alive..." Read more
Can UV Light Kill or Prevent Coronavirus?
The coronavirus pandemic has breathed new life into a decades-old technique that can zap viruses and bacteria: ultraviolet light. Hospitals have been using it for years to... Read more
COVID-19 vs. Allergies: Do I Have Allergies or COVID-19?
If you are feeling sneezy, feverish, short of breath, exhausted, or achy, you may be wondering if your signs and symptoms are due to seasonal allergies or COVID-19... Read more
The Black Death: What Bubonic Plague Reveals About COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
What does the bubonic plague pandemic of Europe and Western Asia in the 14th century tell us about pandemics more broadly, and the coronavirus contagion in particular? Read more
What 1918 Spanish Flu Death Toll Tells Us About COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
Spanish flu was the most devastating pandemic ever recorded, leaving major figures like medical philanthropist Bill Gates to draw comparisons to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. How did the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic cause such a high death toll? And how can the Spanish flu prepare us for coronavirus?
It started as a mild flu season, not different from any other. When its first wave hit in the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu seemed like just another flu. But then... Read more
Can You Get Reinfected With Coronavirus?
People all over the globe who've recovered from the new coronavirus want to know the same thing: Am I immune, at least for a while? Read more
Can Zinc Lozenges Ward Off Coronavirus? What Doctors Say
They may soothe a sore throat, but can zinc lozenges actually shorten the length of a viral infection? The question is getting a fresh look after coronavirus researcher James Robb's email suggesting... Read more