Coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): The Latest News, Updates and Information

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White House Says Full Approval for COVID Vaccines Coming Soon

White House Says Full Approval for COVID Vaccines Coming Soon

As he urged Americans who are still hesitant to get vaccinated, President Joe Biden told an Ohio town hall on Wednesday night that he expected the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would soon give final approval to COVID-19 vaccines. At the moment, all three vaccines being used in this country have only emergency use approval. But many medical professionals have... Read more

Pfizer Vaccine 88% Effective Against Delta Variant

Pfizer Vaccine 88% Effective Against Delta Variant

Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine provides surprisingly robust protection against the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 -- but only if... Read more

J&J Vaccine Weak Against Delta Variant, 2nd Dose May Be Needed

J&J Vaccine Weak Against Delta Variant, 2nd Dose May Be Needed

Johnson & Johnson's single-dose coronavirus vaccine is much less effective against the highly contagious Delta variant than it is against the original virus, new research claims. As worrying as the J&J vaccine findings are, they came from experiments on blood samples in a laboratory, and may not reflect the vaccine's performance in the real world... Read more

COVID Drove Biggest Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Since World War II

COVID Drove Biggest Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Since World War II

Exactly how deadly has the coronavirus pandemic been in the United States? New research confirms it has had a big hand in slashing life expectancy by a year and a half. That's the lowest... Read more

COVID Antibodies From Vaccination Are 3 Times Higher Than From Infection

COVID Antibodies From Vaccination Are 3 Times Higher Than From Infection

People who've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have a much stronger immune system response against the new coronavirus than those who've previously been infected. Vaccinated individuals had the highest antibody levels, nearly three times higher than that of... Read more

New COVID Cases Double in Past Three Weeks in U.S.

New COVID Cases Double in Past Three Weeks in U.S.

New coronavirus infections are once again climbing in the United States, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, lingering vaccine resistance and Fourth of July celebrations... Read more

20 Vitamins and Supplements To Boost Immune Health for COVID-19

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

Will COVID-19 Be Seasonal Like the Flu?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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.

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

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?

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?

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

What 1918 Spanish Flu Death Toll Tells Us About COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Can the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic prepare us for the 2020 coronavirus COVID-19 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

The Black Death: What Bubonic Plague Reveals About COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

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

Can You Get Reinfected With Coronavirus?

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

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

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