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What CDC guidelines will likely say (and not say) to do if you’re vaccinated

What CDC guidelines will likely say (and not say) to do if you’re vaccinated

As more patients and friends get fully vaccinated, Dr. William Schaffner’s phone has been ringing constantly, his email box flooded. The fully vaccinated — people who are two weeks past their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines, or after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s — have many questions for the…

Covid-19 testing numbers dropped in the US — here’s why testing still matters

Covid-19 testing numbers dropped in the US — here’s why testing still matters

Covid-19 testing numbers are dropping in the US. And that’s bad news. Without testing, there’s no way to keep track of where the pandemic is headed and whether vaccines are working. And there’s no way to make use of one of the most important tools for fighting infectious diseases: contact tracing. “While the public may…

States shift to vaccinate those in their 50s against Covid-19 as supply expands

States shift to vaccinate those in their 50s against Covid-19 as supply expands

Dutch Mandel’s cell phone lit up with messages: “It’s open, it’s open, it’s open!” The 62-year-old South Carolina resident told CNN on Thursday that his friends and he — all older than 55 but younger than 65 — had been anxiously monitoring the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website for weeks to…

Alabama governor says she won’t extend mask mandate past April 9

Alabama governor says she won’t extend mask mandate past April 9

Alabama’s statewide mask mandate to curb the coronavirus is being extended to April 9 — but it won’t be extended after that, Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday. Ivey’s remark came as she announced that the state’s broader “Safer at Home” order, which includes the mask mandate and other measures, would be extended until the evening…

What is HPV? What you should know about vaccines, symptoms and cancer risks

What is HPV? What you should know about vaccines, symptoms and cancer risks

Sexually transmitted infections can be a nuisance at best and deadly at worst. Human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is the most commonplace, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were about 43 million infections in 2018, most of which were from older teenagers and young adults, according to the CDC.…

Many teens live online, alone. Here’s how to stay connected in the pandemic

Many teens live online, alone. Here’s how to stay connected in the pandemic

For many teens, the pandemic has created an environment in which most of their lives take place in the shadows. Our kids have become increasingly acclimated to solitude, silence and screens over the course of the past year. Far too often, teens are up in their bedrooms, doors closed, screens illuminated, earbuds in. Many of…

Vaping marijuana linked to lung injury in teens, study says

Teens are about twice as likely to report “wheezing or whistling” in the chest after vaping marijuana than after smoking cigarettes or using e-cigarettes, a new study has found. “This surprised us, we thought we would find more negative respiratory symptoms in both cigarettes and e-cigarettes users,” said study author Carol Boyd, co-director of the…

Losing our sense of control during the pandemic

Losing our sense of control during the pandemic

On a recent trip to the supermarket, I was trying and failing miserably to open a plastic bag to tuck my broccoli into — without licking my fingers for some much-needed traction because, well, pandemic — when I nearly lost it. My frustration only increased when all the huffing and puffing at the useless attempts…

How to help your kids get enough sleep, especially during the Covid pandemic

How to help your kids get enough sleep, especially during the Covid pandemic

Getting enough sleep was tough even before the pandemic. With disrupted routines, extra screen time and the incredible amount of stress most people face now, sleep routines seem to have gone quickly but quietly downhill. And from what I’m seeing in my child psychiatry practice — kids are suffering especially hard. Consider the work our…

More Americans are dying “in the prime of their lives,” new report finds

More Americans are dying “in the prime of their lives,” new report finds

Younger and middle-age Americans have been dying at higher rates over the past three decades, marking what is becoming a public health crisis across the US workforce. Among the causes of death increasingly striking working-age Americans between 1990 and 2017 are drug overdose, alcohol use and suicides, according to a new report published Tuesday by…

Rural Americans in pharmacy deserts hurting for Covid-19 vaccines

As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute Covid-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots. A recent analysis by the Rural Policy Research Institute found that 111 rural counties, mostly located between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, have no pharmacy…

Which Covid-19 vaccine should I get? Dr. Wen weighs in

And then there were three. There are now three Covid-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration, manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. All three will be distributed across the United States. Many people are wondering which Covid-19 vaccine they should get: Is one better for certain groups…