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It’s been a difficult year so far, with COVID-19 complicating our lives in scary and unforeseen ways. Uncertainty remains in the air. Even if we can hope that the virus falls off our radar in the coming months, a fall resurgence is likely — but there’s no need to panic. This gives us a few months to prepare ourselves and our families so that the next round is easier to tackle. Even with states reopening...
September 3, 2021
The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and everyone is itching to get out and enjoy that beautiful sunshine — especially after a few months of quarantine and staying home to stay safe. But the numbers of COVID-19 cases are not encouraging. In fact, they're soaring. Just because we’re all ready to move on and shift gears into summer, we may be more likely to put ourselves and our...
August 31, 2021
How good is your lung capacity? The strength and elasticity in our lungs naturally -decline with age-, even in those of us who are healthy and don’t smoke. This can make breathing harder over time. And here we are in a pandemic where lung health can mean the difference between life and death. Fortunately, there are a few ways to fight back and preserve and strengthen the health of the lungs. Consume...
August 4, 2021
Most of us have been itching to get back to our pre-COVID routines, even if we might not fully remember what those old norms entailed. Our world is not the same place we knew even a year ago, and we’re not the same people. Our social skills have gotten rusty, and a lot of us are feeling anxious about getting back out there. While it may be the crux of a slew of memes and the butt of many jokes, social...
July 16, 2021
Fighting COVID-19 has been a lot like participating in a seasoned chess match. For every strong move we make, the coronavirus has one more trick we never saw coming. Of course, all viruses mutate, but few have stayed so far ahead of us at every turn. Most often, mutations actually weaken the virus to allow the host to survive so the virus can propagate. But this is COVID-19 and all expectations need...
March 9, 2021
A handful of high-risk groups, including those with diabetes, need to be especially cautious about avoiding this pandemic. Doctors have been aware of the connection, but it’s taken them some time to figure out exactly why diabetes is such a risk factor for severe COVID-19 complications. But researchers believe the biggest reasons may include higher risks of cytokine storms, blood clotting and a few...
March 5, 2021
COVID-19 has proven to be one of the most unpredictable viruses we’ve dealt with, capable of leaving one person asymptomatic and the person next to them fighting for their lives in the ICU. Just when we were sure we’d seen the worst of its effects, -reports- started flooding in that some -children were experiencing a new deadly complication. Dubbed multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C),...
February 17, 2021
Face masks have become regular accessories. Experts have learned a lot over the past year about the -effectiveness- of different types of face coverings. For example, they found wearing one not only protects the people around us from our germs, but it can also afford us protection from the germs of others. Still, given the seriousness of the pandemic, we all want to do better here we can. In the absence...
February 12, 2021
Acne can be a frustrating problem that robs many of their self-confidence. It's hard enough to be a teen with acne, but adults often feel stigmatized by their acne struggles if they continue unchecked into adulthood. And now, with the need to wear masks during the pandemic, even those who don’t normally have skin problems may be having issues, too. Termed “maskne,” this mask-induced acne is a real...
January 29, 2021
This pandemic has thrown the entire world for a loop with its broad base of symptoms and unpredictable illness course. The more experts learn about it, the more incentive we all have to avoid catching it. But now we have people who have been struggling with COVID for many months, the so-called "long haulers" and as we work to help these people, we're learning a lot. Recent studies have uncovered a...
January 25, 2021