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Coronavirus FAQ: I've Been Vaccinated. Do I Need To Worry About Variants?

Friday, June 25, 2021

Here's what we know about the effectiveness of vaccines for variants of concerns, notably the delta variant, first identified in India and now responsible for more than 20% of new U.S. cases.


Coronavirus FAQ: What Does It Mean If My Ears Ring Or Toes Hurt After A Vaccine?

Friday, April 23, 2021

There are some side effects that are pretty common: sore arm, headache, fatigue, fever. But people are saying they've got other unusual reactions. Is it the vaccine — or something else?


Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs: What's Up With Side Effects? Should You Still Double Mask?

Friday, April 09, 2021

So, you've successfully scored a vaccine — or at least an appointment. Congrats! That's amazing news, seriously! Now what about those side effects? And do you have to keep up that double masking?


Coronavirus FAQs: What Should I Do With My Vaccine Card? Is Choir Practice OK Now?

Friday, April 02, 2021

We ponder your pandemic questions. This week's topics: vaccine cards (including whether to laminate or not), group singing sessions and CBD products.


Coronavirus FAQs: Does Smoking Blunt The Vaccine? What About Painkillers?

Friday, March 19, 2021

A reader wants to know about smoking's impact on the vaccine but didn't specify cigarettes, e-cigs ... or marijuana. So we'll discuss all three. Also: A refresher in painkiller/vaccine interaction.


Coronavirus FAQs: What Are Mask Braces? What If I Get COVID After 1 Vaccine Dose?

Friday, February 26, 2021

Double masking earns praise as a way to keep safe from more contagious variants. Are there other mask hacks? And vaccines are prompting some queries.


What Is A Cold Chain? And Why Do So Many Vaccines Need It?

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Many of the coronavirus vaccines like it cold. Really cold. Sub-zero cold. Why is this the case? And how is the world handling this frigid requirement?


Coronavirus FAQs: Mammograms, Vaccine Ingredients ... And Dogs Who Sniff Masks

Friday, February 19, 2021

Are there issues with having a mammogram right after a vaccine? Is there a list of vaccine ingredients — some people say they're scary. Also: My pooch loves to sniff discarded masks. Should I worry?


Coronavirus FAQs: If I Have No Post-Vaccine Pain, Is It Working? Plus: Goat Dilemma!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Readers are asking about vaccine protocols, the safest way to take off a mask, whether it's risky to engage in therapeutic cuddling sessions with goats.


Coronavirus FAQ: Why Am I Suddenly Hearing So Much About KF94 Masks?

Friday, January 22, 2021

There are N95s, reserved for health workers. There are KN95s, which you can buy easily — except that quality may vary. And now South Korea's KF94 masks are getting a lot of buzz.


Coronavirus FAQ: Should I Wash My Kid's Clothes Every Day After School?

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Plus: Can the virus make me sick many years later, like the chickenpox virus does?


Coronavirus FAQs: Are Playgrounds Too Risky? Do I Need A Mask For Outdoor Exercise?

Friday, December 04, 2020

States are closing down playgrounds again as case counts rise. Is that a good idea? Also: What's the deal with masks and outdoor exercise?


Coronavirus FAQs: What's Up With Bubble Dining? Should You Hand Out Halloween Candy?

Friday, October 23, 2020

Answers to your COVID-19 questions about how to handle Halloween trick-or-treaters, whether it's safe to eat in a restaurant's outdoor bubble and whether you can be infected through your ear canal.


Coronavirus FAQs: Open Windows In Winter, Holding Your Breath, Sprayed Masks?

Friday, October 16, 2020

This week our readers have lots of ... interesting ... queries involving opening windows during winter in North Dakota, trying not to breathe during a micro-encounter and spraying a mask with ... oil?


Coronavirus FAQ: Folks At Trump-Biden Debate Were Scanned For Fever. Is That Helpful?

Friday, October 02, 2020

Temperature scans are becoming commonplace around the world — at political events, at doctors' offices, at airports and more. Do they provide useful info to help reduce the spread of COVID-19?


Why The Pandemic Could Change The Way We Record Deaths

Friday, September 25, 2020

Before COVID-19 came along, the world wasn't so great at counting deaths and understanding why people die. But the virus has propelled countries to ramp up their efforts.


Coronavirus FAQ: Is It Safe To Get On The Bus (Or Subway)?

Friday, August 28, 2020

Mass transportation ridership plummeted when COVID-19 struck. Now people are beginning to return. What are the risks they face — and how can they reduce them?


Coronavirus FAQ: So Do Lots Of People Get COVID-19 From Flying?

Friday, August 21, 2020

A study released this week points to two passengers infected on a four-hour-plus flight. But there hasn't been a lot of documentation of transmission on planes. So how risky is flying?


How Should I Cover My Face? A Deeper Look Into Neck Gaiters And Face Shields

Friday, August 14, 2020

Experts look into a new study that claims wearing a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all. And they discuss other face coverings such as goggles and plastic face shields.


Coronavirus FAQ: Can An Airline Put You On A No-Fly List For Refusing To Mask Up?

Friday, August 07, 2020

The matter of masks on planes has led to some contentious moments — and serious consequences. Is it legal to ban a passenger from flying for violating a mask mandate?