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Dear anti-racist allies: Here’s how to respond to microaggressions

It’s easy to sight the obvious racism such as using race-based slurs or threats. But there’s a more subtle and insidious form of racist stereotyping that can be hard to pin down. These stereotypes often come in the form of microaggressions — brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, said Beverly Daniel Tatum, a…

Worried about coronavirus while having sex? Wear a mask, says a new study

Practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds) — the recommendations to prevent coronavirus are a familiar refrain to most Americans. There’s little guidance, though, when it comes to sex in the age of Covid-19. So three Harvard physicians examined the likelihood of coronavirus infection in a number of…

NIH chief worried vaccine “skepticism” might cause some to skip coronavirus vaccine

NIH chief worried vaccine “skepticism” might cause some to skip coronavirus vaccine

The director of the National Institutes of Health said Thursday he’s concerned that vaccine “skepticism” could hinder the effort to immunize the country against Covid-19. “I’m a bit concerned to see there’s a fair amount of skepticism in the American public about whether or not they would take such a vaccine,” Dr. Francis Collins told…

Social Distancing in Summer: Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s coronavirus podcast for June 4

Social Distancing in Summer: Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s coronavirus podcast for June 4

As the weather heats up, many of us are contemplating how to safely go out into the world and enjoy the summer. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to CNN contributor and immunologist Erin Bromage about what to consider before doing anything including hosting a backyard party, going for a hike and taking…

Coronavirus may not be mutating, but experts say there is still potential for danger

Coronavirus may not be mutating, but experts say there is still potential for danger

Covid-19 is not mutating, health experts say, but that doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. So far, evidence does not show that the coronavirus is changing to become more severe or more transmittable, but complacency by people and local governments could increase its spread, World Health Organization infectious disease epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said Wednesday at…

Time to stock your medicine cabinet for the pandemic

Time to stock your medicine cabinet for the pandemic

It could be a cabinet behind your mirror, a kitchen drawer or a first aid kit you carry in a backpack or in the car. Your medicine cabinet is your first go-to in times of illness, and sometimes it gets a little bare. But we’re in the midst of a global health crisis. And whether…

ER visits for non-Covid emergencies have dropped 42% during the pandemic, CDC says

ER visits for non-Covid emergencies have dropped 42% during the pandemic, CDC says

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that some people may be putting off getting emergency care for serious health conditions during the coronavirus pandemic — and fewer visits for critical conditions could result in complications or even death. During the coronavirus pandemic, the total number of visits to hospital emergency departments across…

Is social distancing good for your dating life?

Is social distancing good for your dating life?

Nothing is certain in the world of dating. But for Poornima Ravishankar, a lawyer from northern New Jersey, the coronavirus pandemic has brought an unexpected twist. A boyfriend. Whom she’s only seen in person once. And whom she’s never touched. The duo met on Bumble, and their courtship started slowly. First came FaceTime drinks —…

Asthma and coronavirus: Act now to decrease your chance of a serious outcome

Dr. Matt Dougherty isn’t waiting for his pediatric asthma patients or their parents to call him in a panic, frightened that a sudden cough or wheeze is due to the novel coronavirus. He’s reaching out to them, virtually, via telemedicine. “I look through my patient files, identify the ones in the past that I know…

Napster founder Sean Parker announces $250 million grant to fight cancer

Napster founder Sean Parker announces $250 million grant to fight cancer

By Robert Mclean, CNN The man whose file-sharing service terrorized the music industry is injecting $250 million into the fight against cancer. Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker announced a $250 million grant on Wednesday to establish the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which aims to increase collaboration among researchers and accelerate the development of immune…