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A Timeline of COVID-19 Variants

COVID-19 has gone through many mutations. How are these variants different from one another? The first-ever COVID-19 strain detected in Wuhan, China...

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Full-dose Blood Thinners Could Prevent COVID-Related Clotting in Hospitalized Patients

The benefit of giving critically ill COVID-19 patients a full-dose blood thinner may outweigh the risk of bleeding events. Key TakeawaysAnyone who...

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Study: Newer COVID-19 Variants Have Shorter Incubation Periods

The mean incubation period for the Alpha variant was five days—that has dropped to 3.42 days for Omicron. Key TakeawaysA recent study found that...

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Should You Get Your Flu Shot And COVID-19 Booster in Different Arms?

It's ultimately down to personal preference. Key TakeawaysThe CDC recommends getting the flu shot and the updated COVID-19 booster at the same...

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Is the Pandemic Really Over?

President Joe Biden recently said the pandemic is over, but that view is far from unanimous. Key TakeawaysPresident Joe Biden recently said the...

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What’s the Difference Between a Strain and a Variant?

Although variant and strain are used interchangeably during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have different meanings. Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and...

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Could We Test for COVID-19 by Recording Our Voices?

Learn how researchers in the Netherlands are using a mobile app to detect vocal changes that may be indicative of COVID. Key TakeawaysResearchers are...

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Will There Be a COVID Surge This Fall and Winter?

Health experts predict there will be a COVID surge this fall and winter but cases aren't expected to be as severe. What you need to know to...

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When to Get Your Flu Shot for 2022/2023

Flu season may come earlier than usual. Find out when to get your 2022 flu shot. Key TakeawaysJust about everyone 6 months and older should get a flu...

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What We Know So Far About the New COVID-19 Booster Side Effects

Scientists still have a lot to learn about the next-generation bivalent booster shots. But experts say the new boosters should have similar side...

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How Well Do the New COVID-19 Boosters Work? Scientists Don’t Really Know Yet

New bivalent boosters aim to protect against both the original COVID-19 strain and newer Omicron variants. But human data on their efficacy is...

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What You Need to Know About the Updated COVID-19 Boosters

Federal regulators authorized Omicron-specific versions of COVID-19 booster shots. Are you eligible and when should you get your shot? Key...

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3 Things Incentivize People to Get a COVID Booster Shot, Study Finds

Researchers asked 2,000 American adults about COVID-19 vaccines to find out which factors influence how willing people are to get boosted (or not)....

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Should You Take Nyquil When You Have COVID-19?

Nyquil might not be right for you if you have difficulty breathing. Key TakeawaysPeople who experience shortness of breath from COVID-19 should avoid...

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FDA Authorizes Updated Moderna and Pfizer Booster Shots

The FDA authorized new bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna. The new shots will help protect against BA.4 and BA.5, as well as...

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Is Paxlovid Less Effective for Adults Under 65?

A new study found that Paxlovid can reduce the risk of hospitalization and death in people 65 and older, but showed little to no benefits in younger...

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Where to Find Affordable COVID Tests After the Free Kits Are Gone

The White House is suspending its free COVID test program. Here's how to find free or low-cost tests after September 2. Key TakeawaysThe federal...

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COVID-19 Increases Risk for Brain Conditions for 2 Years After Infection, Study Finds

People who had COVID face an increased risk of brain fog, dementia, seizures, and other neurologic and psychiatric disorders as long as two years...

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Study Shows Even a 20-Minute Workout Might Help You Avoid COVID

New research has linked regular exercise with a lowered risk of getting COVID-19 and from developing complications in those who get the virus. Key...

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What You Need to Know About CDC’s Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines

The CDC says you don't have to quarantine after a COVID-19 exposure. But should you? Key TakeawaysThe CDC no longer recommends quarantine for...

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Study: COVID Rebound Can Happen Even Without Paxlovid

A preprint study found that 27% of people with COVID-19 had rebound symptoms, regardless of whether they'd taken Paxlovid. Key TakeawaysA...

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WHO Rules Out 2 Drugs as COVID Treatments

Fluvoxamine and Colchicine are no longer recommended for use against mild-to-moderate COVID-19. Key Takeaways The WHO no longer recommends a drug...

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What Is a Bivalent Vaccine?

Bivalent vaccines for COVID-19 are coming. Learn what a bivalent vaccine is. Key TakeawaysPfizer and Moderna have plans to release bivalent COVID-19...

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When Are You No Longer Contagious With COVID-19?

Mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset, but experts recommend isolating until you test negative. Key...

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When Can I Get My Second Booster Shot?

If you are not yet eligible for a second booster, here's how long before you will be. Key Takeaways The bivalent boosters are expected to have...

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Who Can Take Paxlovid?

Paxlovid is an anti-viral medication that can help shorten the course of illness with COVID-19 and prevent serious complications. But who can take...

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What We Know About BA.2.75

The Omicron subvariant is rare. But health officials are keeping an eye on BA.2.75 due to its several mutations. Key TakeawaysAn Omicron subvariant,...

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Can Chewing Gum Reduce Omicron Transmission?

Preliminary research suggests that a special chewing gum may help reduce the risk of Omicron transmission in people who are infected. Key...

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