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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 FAQ: To Travel Or Not To Travel? Plus, Tattoos And Vaccines Can Mix

Friday, March 26, 2021

Airports are getting busier, but the CDC hasn't issued new guidelines for vaccinated folks. What's a wannabe traveler to do? And is it OK to get a vaccine if you just got tattooed? Or have no spleen?


Coronavirus FAQs: Can I Drink Between Vaccine Doses? What Is 'Vaccine Efficacy'?

Friday, March 12, 2021

People who've had dose 1 are wondering ... can I have a few drinks before dose 2 or will that muck things up? Also: Do you really understand the concept of "vaccine efficacy"? It's complicated!


Coronavirus FAQ: Does It Make Your Hair Fall Out?

Saturday, March 06, 2021

The term "hair loss" has been googled a lot during this pandemic. What's going on?


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.


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: I'm Afraid Of Needles. Does The COVID-19 Vaccine Hurt?

Friday, February 05, 2021

There are those among us who are needle-phobic. So what's the verdict on the vaccine? And are there any techniques for easing any potential pain?


Coronavirus FAQ: Do Airplane Passengers Not Know There's A Pandemic Going On?

Friday, January 15, 2021

Our correspondent took a flight Sunday and saw a number of concerning things in airports and on planes. So many questions were raised. We went in search of answers.


Coronavirus FAQ: How Do I Protect Myself From The U.K. Variant?

Friday, January 08, 2021

The newly detected strain — dubbed B.1.1.7 — appears to be more contagious. What precautions might be effective in trying to keep from getting infected?


Coronavirus FAQ: How Do I Clean My Mask — Washing Machine? Oven? Broccoli Steamer?

Friday, November 13, 2020

Readers want to know the best way to maintain a reusable mask? There are a few options. But spoiler alert ... keep it out of the oven!


Coronavirus FAQ: Is It A Good Idea To Buy An Air Cleaner For My Home?

Friday, September 04, 2020

Do portable air cleaning machines really help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the home? The frustrating short answer: "It depends." Find out what it depends upon.


With Scarce Access To Interpreters, Immigrants Struggle To Understand Doctors' Orders

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Despite laws guaranteeing access to health care, non-English speakers in the U.S. often rely on family and friends as ad hoc interpreters — and may misunderstand what doctors think they're conveying.