COVID Hospitalizations Rising in Kids Too Young for Vaccine
New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed a concerning trend: The rate of COVID-19-linked hospitalizations among children younger than 5 grew substantially last week, while the same rate for children between the ages of 5 and 17 remained relatively stable... Read more
What Is 'Flurona'? Can You Get a Flu & COVID-19 Co-Infection?
With COVID-19 and influenza cases rising, doctors have been concerned with the possibility of a "twindemic" or "flurona" which is an informal term referring to dual infections of both the flu virus and the coronavirus. So what happens when you catch both at the same time? Read more
Nearly 600,000 U.S. Kids Had COVID Last Week
In a sign that the highly contagious Omicron variant is sparing no one, a new report shows that new COVID-19 cases among U.S. children spiked to a high of more than 580,000 for the week ending Jan. 6, a 78% increase from the week before... Read more
As Omicron Rages, Are Case Counts Important Anymore?
The record-breaking numbers surrounding the Omicron surge are dizzying, with so many Americans falling prey to the highly infectious COVID-19 variant. But that statistic may be less important than another record: That more than... Read more
U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say
The Omicron surge may have peaked in Britain and could be about to do the same in the United States, experts report. That's because the COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa in mid-November is so contagious that... Read more
Common Cold May Shield Against COVID
Vaccination is still the best way to protect someone from COVID-19, but new research suggests that immune system activation of T-cells by common colds may offer some cross-protection... Read more
U.S. Insurers Must Cover 8 COVID At-Home Tests a Month: White House
Private insurers will have to cover the cost of eight at-home COVID tests per person per month as of Saturday, the Biden administration announced Monday. Under the plan, people who provide their insurance information... Read more
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
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?
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?
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?
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
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
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, 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
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?
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?
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
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
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?
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
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