Coronavirus and COVID-19

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COVID-19 vaccines

The FDA has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines, which were found to be safe and effective in clinical trials. As more people get their shots, we will learn how long protection lasts. And we will gain answers to important questions, including whether vaccinations reduce the risk of infecting others. Though we cannot yet let up on masking and physical distancing, the vaccines offer hope that an end to this pandemic is in sight. On December 11, 2020, the FDA granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. This was the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in the US. One week later, the FDA granted EUA to an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna. More »

What are the long-lasting effects of COVID-19?

Fewer people who get COVID-19 are dying, but not all of the survivors are recovering fully. Some people are left with evidence of injury to the heart and kidneys. It is too soon to know whether the damage is permanent and whether it will affect their level of function. And some people, called "COVID long-haulers," experience debilitating symptoms for many months after beating COVID-19. Symptoms include fatigue, body aches, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, inability to exercise, headache, and trouble sleeping for many months after beating COVID-19. (Locked) More »

What to expect after COVID

COVID-19 may have lingering effects, such as headaches, fatigue, and cognitive problems, and possibly lung, heart, or kidney damage. Because so little is known about why this happens, there are no official follow-up guidelines or recommendations. Some experts say it may be worth a conversation with a doctor. It is hoped that research may yield more information in the future. (Locked) More »

Coping with face mask discomfort

Wearing a face mask can be uncomfortable. It can make breathing feel a little challenging, spark feelings of claustrophobia, or irritate the face and ears. Fortunately, many steps can help reduce face mask discomfort. For example, if breathing with a mask on feels difficult, it will help to breathe at a slower rate. If ear pain is a problem, it will help to use an "ear saver" that relieves pressure on the ears. More »

Navigating holiday pressures in the COVID-19 reality

The pandemic makes coping with holiday pressures a little tricky. If one is concerned about COVID-19 exposure at a holiday event, it may help to chat with loved ones to get support for a decision about whether to attend. If one must celebrate the holidays alone, it may help to grieve what is lost, savor past holiday gatherings, watch online religious services, and continue to practice special traditions—such as making holiday foods or putting up holiday decorations. (Locked) More »

Obesity is still on the rise among American adults

American adults are gaining weight, according to data from the CDC. The prevalence of obesity is still on the rise, and in 12 U.S. states, 35% of the population is now obese, compared with just six states in 2017 and nine states in 2018. More »

5 factors to help you gauge where COVID-19 risk is highest

To get an idea where COVID-19 risks are highest, one should consider if an environment has poor airflow, crowds, and low use of face masks. The amount of time spent somewhere and the ability to sanitize the hands should also be considered. The more risk factors that are present, the higher the risk. For example, spending an hour in a crowded, stuffy gym with low face mask use is a bad idea; it’s better to go for a walk and lift dumbbells at home. (Locked) More »

Should I get a flu shot this year?

This year, getting a flu shot is more important than ever, because it can not only protect people against the flu, but will also reduce the burden on health care systems. More »