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Coronavirus FAQ: Should I Get My Antibodies Checked After I Get Vaccinated?

Sunday, May 16, 2021

The short answer is — no. Immunology experts say there is little to be gained, for now, from an antibody test, for a number of reasons.


Coronavirus FAQ: Am I Legally (And Ethically) Bound To Say If I Got A COVID Vaccine?

Friday, May 07, 2021

Let's say you are vaccinated. Do you have to tell everybody? Anybody? Is it legal (and ethical) not to share?


The Vaccine Passport Debate Actually Began In 1897 Over A Plague Vaccine

Thursday, April 08, 2021

That's when a vaccine for plague was invented — and authorities began to consider requiring proof of vaccination before visiting pilgrimage sites in India. The debate has raged ever since.


Why 'Tight' Cultures May Fare Better Than 'Loose' Cultures In A Pandemic

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A new study in The Lancet Planetary Health finds that cultural attitudes may explain the stark differences in how countries experience the pandemic.


'Trusted Messengers, Trusted Messages': How To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Thursday, December 24, 2020

As the first COVID-19 vaccines begin to be rolled out across the U.S., community leaders in diverse groups already are working hard to dispel misinformation and reach skeptics with truth.


Coronavirus FAQ: Could COVID-19 Ever Be Considered A Preexisting Condition?

Monday, November 09, 2020

That's a question people are asking as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments for a case on the future of the Affordable Care Act — which guarantees coverage for preexisting conditions.


Coronavirus FAQs: Should I Purell My Nostrils? Can Lysol Disinfect The Air?

Friday, November 06, 2020

Can rubbing hand sanitizer inside the nostrils help reduce infection? Can spraying Lysol in a room every hour or so disinfect the air? Plus: a primer on how to use hand sanitizer effectively.


Whatever Happened To ... The Only Brain Surgeon Working In Aleppo From 2014 To 2019?

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Dr. Omar Ibrahim went from Aleppo to Idlib province in Syria to continue treating injuries from shelling. Now, after six years of doing surgery in a war zone, he is starting a new chapter in his life.


The Warsaw Ghetto Can Teach The World How To Beat Back An Outbreak

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

A study seeks to learn how hundreds of thousands of Jews, crammed in the ghetto by the Nazis, halted an outbreak of epidemic typhus. Some — including survivors alive today — say frame of mind was key.


2020 Flu Shot Strategy: Get Yours Early In The Season

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

With the flu season looming, public health officials urge nearly all Americans over 6 months old to get immunized starting next month. Strategize now to avoid getting the flu while COVID-19 is raging.


The Dentist Will See You Now. But Should You Go?

Monday, July 06, 2020

Dentists spend their careers eye to eye with infectious patients, their hands inside gaping mouths, and have a vested interest in making sure everyone stays safe. Here's how they do it.


Bleak UNICEF Report On Kids And COVID-19 ... But There Is Hope

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A report on the impact of the novel coronavirus on the children of South Asia pays special note to reports of adolescent suicide — and looks at preventive measures.


How Safe Is It To Eat Takeout?

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

With fear of infection on our minds these days, it's easy to get panicky about everyday choices. Infectious disease and food safety experts weigh in on ordering dinner to go.


Coronavirus Symptoms: Defining Mild, Moderate And Severe

Friday, March 13, 2020

These designations are often used to describe a patient's COVID-19 symptoms. At this stage of the outbreak, there aren't standard definitions, but there are preliminary guidelines.


U.N.: Humanitarian Crisis In Syria Reaches 'Horrifying New Level'

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

As fighting escalates in northwest Syria, the U.N. estimates that thousands of Syrians are being displaced every day.


Fact-Checking 'Contagion' — In Wake Of Coronavirus, The 2011 Movie Is Trending

Sunday, February 16, 2020

We asked epidemiologists and doctors to assess the science in the 2011 movie, in which the character played by Gwyneth Paltrow starts a global pandemic. Spoiler alert: It does a pretty good job.


Russian Lab Explosion Raises Question: Should Smallpox Virus Be Kept Or Destroyed?

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The lab is one of two known places that store live samples of the virus that causes the disease. Scientists use them for research. But there is concern about accidental or intentional release.


Asia's Longhorned Tick Takes Its First Documented Bite In The U.S.

Friday, June 07, 2019

The parasite carries potentially lethal pathogens in Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand. Now it's in North America. We ask tick specialists to weigh in.


A NatGeo TV Drama Is 'Inspired' By A 1989 Ebola Crisis In The U.S. How Accurate Is It?

Monday, May 27, 2019

'The Hot Zone,' a miniseries on the National Geographic Channel, was "inspired" by a 1989 Ebola crisis in the U.S. We asked virologist Thomas Geisbert, who was on the scene.


Menstruation 101 For Boys: A Comic Book Is Their Guide

Saturday, March 04, 2017

It's two comic books in one: A guide for boys (so they won't tease girls) and advice for girls on how to handle their period.