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    Is COVID causing a black fungus that has a 50% mortality rate?

    India is currently experiencing a “humanitarian disaster” due to soaring COVID-19 infection rates and deaths. Exacerbating the current crisis, doctors are reporting a rare infection called mucormycosis—aka “black fungus”—among recovered and still-recovering COVID patients. The highly deadly condition has a mortality rate of around 50%. Mucormycosis is caused by exposure to mucor mold that thrives […] More

  • is it safe to go to the office after the vaccine
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    Is it safe to go back to the office after you get vaccinated?

    Vaccination rollouts have allowed many retail businesses, restaurants, and schools to reopen as COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward. One aspect of American life that has yet to pivot back to a return to normal, however, is that the office workforce is still largely working remotely. But some are wondering, is this a safety issue […] More

  • Woman holding a sign to convince people to get vaccinated
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    How to convince someone to get vaccinated

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 70% of the population will need to be inoculated against COVID-19 to achieve a level of herd immunity. In the United States, this task is easier said than done thanks to anti-vaccination movements and political partisanship standing in the way. People with hesitant family members […] More

  • post covid psychosis
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    A concerning trend of ‘post-COVID psychosis’ has experts baffled

    Medical experts are still learning about the side effects suffered by “long covid” patients. Symptoms include fatigue, headache, difficulty breathing, and even skin symptoms lasting weeks to months post-infection. Some doctors are even seeing patients experience neurological, cognitive, and psychological effects from COVID-19. These cases, which are being referred to as “post-COVID psychosis,” have cropped […] More

  • what is it safe to do after the first vaccine
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    What is it safe to do after you’ve gotten your first COVID vaccine?

    Millions of relieved Americans are receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations every day. It takes two weeks after the second dose—or two weeks from your first and only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine—before full vaccination is reached, but a single dose does offer a certain degree of protection. This has people wondering what activities they […] More

  • what happens to unused covid vaccines
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    What happens to all the unused COVID vaccines?

    An unfortunate consequence of rushing to execute a COVID-19 vaccine rollout is that there have inevitably been some leftover doses. What, then, happens to all the COVID vaccines that go unused?  After all, health departments, pharmacies, and medical facilities can acquire only a limited number of vaccines to distribute at a time. And because the […] More

  • is it safe to shake hands
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    Is it safe to shake hands after you get the COVID vaccine?

    When the coronavirus pandemic broke out in 2020, many public health experts wondered if it would mean the end of the handshake as we know it. The concept of shaking hands soon became a nonstarter, as people were encouraged to thoroughly wash and sanitize after coming into contact with potentially contaminated outside surfaces and objects. […] More

  • is it safe to travel to europe this summer
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    Will it be possible for Americans to vacation in Europe this summer?

    The COVID-19 pandemic brought international travel to a screeching halt in 2020, as many countries closed their borders to travelers. As a result, many Americans turned to road trips and destinations like national parks to satisfy their wanderlust. With COVID-19 vaccinations inundating the United States, however, some people are starting to wonder if it will […] More

  • metal taste after covid vaccine
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    Why do some people get a metallic taste after the COVID vaccine?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists common side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine ranging from pain, redness, and swelling in the arm to flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, tiredness, headaches, and muscle pains. However, a small number of people are experiencing a metal taste for hours, days, or even weeks after […] More

  • covid vaccine menstrual cycle
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    Does the COVID vaccine affect your menstrual cycle?

    By now, the common side effects of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine are well known. Side effects typically include soreness at the injection site, chills, fever, and fatigue. Some women are reporting an additional side effect, however, after they noticed heavier-than-usual menstrual cycles following their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Postdoctoral research fellow […] More

  • kid mental health covid
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    The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on kids’ mental health

    The pandemic has been a struggle for just about every global citizen. While kids typically don’t face the same risk from the virus that adults do, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on their mental health may be just as debilitating. Challenges—including changes to routine, the shift to remote learning, prolonged distance from friends and family, missing […] More

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