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9 diseases that keep epidemiologists up at night

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Thinking about the next pandemic is job number one for many researchers around the world. Here's a look at the World Health Organization's current list of pathogens with pandemic potential.


It's a bleak 'Day of the Girl' because of the pandemic. But no one's giving up hope

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The United Nations established the Day of the Girl a decade ago to address issues that affect girls' rights: education, teen pregnancy, child marriage. Steady progress has been made. Then came COVID.


Coronavirus FAQ: What does endemic mean — and are we there yet?

Friday, March 11, 2022

Two years ago, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. Now there's talk that we may be approaching a new stage for SARS-CoV-2. Let's unpack the word "endemic."


Coronavirus FAQ: What's the best way to protect school-age kids from COVID?

Friday, February 11, 2022

Plus: Do kids really need masks if they've been vaccinated and had COVID? And what kind of masks should kids wear?


Coronavirus FAQ: My drugstore now offers antibody tests. Is it worth getting one?

Friday, February 04, 2022

Antibody tests may be coming soon to a pharmacy near you. Here's what the tests reveal — and don't reveal — about you and COVID-19.


Coronavirus FAQ: What's the risk of catching omicron outdoors?

Friday, January 21, 2022

Previous versions of the coronavirus didn't transmit as easily outdoors thanks to airflow that dispersed viral particles. But what about the highly transmissible omicron variant?


Coronavirus FAQ: Why are some folks hacking home COVID tests by swabbing their throat?

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The FDA-authorized tests call for a nasal swab. Some doctors are tweeting that they're doing a throat swab too — though they don't recommend this step to the public. Here's a look at the swab debate.


Coronavirus FAQ: What does it mean if the booster knocks me out? What if it doesn't?

Friday, December 10, 2021

Vaccine and booster side effects can include fever, aches and fatigue. And this may be the first vaccine in history where people complain if they don't experience side effects, says one doctor.


Coronavirus FAQ: I just got a booster. Can I ... go crazy?

Friday, November 12, 2021

Does a booster shot mean that you can go back to ... normal? Or is there still a newish kind of normal to face?


Coronavirus FAQ: It's cold and flu season — and COVID season! How do I stay unsick?

Friday, November 05, 2021

Last winter the number of flu cases was pretty low — likely a result of COVID precautions people were taking. Does that mean we have fewer antibodies — and a greater risk of catching something now?


Coronavirus FAQ: Is There An App That'll Prove I'm Vaccinated, Or Is Paper The Best?

Friday, September 24, 2021

It's happening more and more — you'll have to show proof of vaccination to enter an event or to travel. There's that flimsy paper card. And then there's the digital realm. What's the best option?


Coronavirus FAQ: What's The Advice About Traveling In The Delta Variant Era?

Friday, September 03, 2021

Here are questions to ask yourself — and databases to check — before making the decision to take off as the highly contagious coronavirus variant continues spreading.


Coronavirus FAQ: How Do The Rules of 6 Feet And 15 Minutes Apply To The Delta Variant?

Friday, August 27, 2021

It was drummed into our brains: Stay 6 feet from others! Limit close contact to 15 minutes. With the highly contagious delta variant, do we need to rethink those numbers?


Coronavirus FAQ: Is It Ethical To Lie To Get A Booster Or A Shot For An Under-12 Kid?

Friday, August 06, 2021

People are doing it. They're telling lies to get shots that have not been authorized. What are the medical, practical and ethical implications?


CDC Tells The Vaccinated To Mask Up In Some Settings. Our Questionnaire Can Guide You

Monday, July 26, 2021

The CDC has reversed its position that vaccinated people no longer need masks and recommends masking up again in certain settings. Does that mean grocery stores? What about roller coasters?


CDC Updates Guidelines To Protect Kids From COVID In School. Plus: Vacation Tips

Friday, July 09, 2021

The updated guidance promotes vaccination for those old enough and says vaccinated children may not need masks. What about kids too young for vaccines? And as summer begins, what about vacation risks?


Coronavirus FAQ: I'm Vaccinated And Confused. Do I Need To Mask Up Or Not?

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

A World Health Organization representative just advised wearing masks after vaccination. The CDC has a different perspective. We asked public health specialists to weigh in.


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: I Had COVID. Should I Get The Vaccine?

Friday, May 21, 2021

While natural infection does seem to provide some immunity, studies suggest that it is short term. Vaccination, on the other hand, provides more robust immunity.


Coronavirus FAQ: Is It A Big Deal If I Skip Or Delay 2nd Dose Of My COVID Vaccine?

Friday, April 30, 2021

Some folks are taking their first vaccine dose in a two-dose regimen, then deciding to skip the second one altogether. Or maybe to delay it longer than suggested. Is this a bad idea?