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Kids Are Half as Likely to Get COVID-19 as Adults: Here’s What We Know

Growing evidence is showing that COVID-19 affects kids differently than adults. Children experience lower infection rates, accounting for less than 10 percent of cases in the United States. Infectious disease specialists say there are several factors that seem to protect children: immunity to seasonal coronaviruses, underdeveloped sinuses, and fewer chronic health conditions. A new model […]

My Parents Are Vaccinated but I’m Not. Is It Safe for Us to Visit?

There’s no zero-risk activity while the virus is still circulating. But older adults who have been vaccinated should feel more confident in taking part in activities with people who are considered low-risk.  For older adults who have been isolated from family and friends for the better part of a year to stay safe from the […]

13 COVID-19 vaccine myths

Of all the modern medical interventions we have at our disposal, few have been victim to as much falsehood as vaccines. As the world battles a pandemic, stripping the truth from the lies is more urgent than ever. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 2010 and 2015, vaccines prevented an estimated 10 million […]

Learn how to tell if someone has COVID-19 or the flu here.

COVID-19 and the flu can cause similar symptoms. However, there are several differences between them. The novel strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19). Both COVID-19 and the flu are respiratory illnesses that spread from person to person. This article will discuss the differences between COVID-19 and the flu. Symptoms The symptoms of […]

How do COVID-19 vaccines compare with other existing vaccines?

The novelty of the COVID-19 vaccines may seem daunting for some, and it is natural for questions to arise on their effectiveness. In this feature, we examine the difference between effectiveness and efficacy, compare the COVID-19 frontrunner vaccines to other vaccines, such as the flu shot, and compare their safety considerations. All data and statistics […]

Pfizer study shows vaccine effective against new variant

Scientists recently identified two new strains of SARS-CoV-2 — one of which had been discovered in the United Kingdom and the other in South Africa. A new Pfizer study concludes that its vaccine should be effective against the U.K. variant. Both new variants, which appear to be more contagious, have mutations in a spike protein […]

Medical myths: All about diabetes

Globally, diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent, as are the myths and misconceptions that surround it. Here, we discuss 11 of these repeated untruths. Currently, around 1 in 10 people in the United States have diabetes. Globally, more than 422 million people are living with the disease. Although diabetes is a familiar word, symptoms vary, and […]

Everything you need to know about plant based diets

A plant based diet is one that focuses on only or mostly foods from plant sources. This way of eating may have benefits for both a person’s health and the planet. In this article, we look at what a plant based diet is, the health benefits, and what nutritional considerations a person should make before […]

5 common myths about obesity

Although obesity is common, there are many misconceptions associated with it — and these myths often fuel social stigma. In this edition of Medical Myths, we tackle five of the most common misunderstandings about obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, 42.4% of adults have obesity. Globally, […]

Coronavirus myths explored

As coronavirus continues to make the news, a host of untruths has surrounded the topic. In this Special Feature, we address some of these myths and conspiracy theories. The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has spread from Wuhan, China, to every continent except Antarctica. The World Health Organization (WHO) changed their classification of the situation from a […]