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Here’s why a vaccine will not stop the Covid-19 pandemic right away

Here’s why a vaccine will not stop the Covid-19 pandemic right away

Dr. Umair Shah remembers the last mass vaccination campaign the US waged. It was in 2009, when the H1N1 “swine” flu broke out in April, right at the end of the regular flu season. “That was very challenging,” Shah, who heads the Harris County, Texas, health department, told CNN. “There were a lot of moving…

Study says Covid-19 may have arrived in US in December — earlier than thought

Study says Covid-19 may have arrived in US in December — earlier than thought

The deadly coronavirus may have circulated in the United States as early as December, about a month earlier than believed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to researchers with UCLA. Their study, published last Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found a statistically significant increase in clinic and hospital…

How to sleep better — kids and grown-ups alike

How to sleep better — kids and grown-ups alike

Like many moms, Sofia Axelrod found the lack of sleep really hard after giving birth. But unlike many moms, she refused to accept that the exhaustion was inevitable. “Sleep deprivation is so detrimental,” said sleep consultant Axelrod, who is a neuroscientist at Rockefeller University in New York. “I didn’t just want to suck it up…

Poor sleep linked to weight gain in 2-year smartphone sleep tracking study

Poor sleep linked to weight gain in 2-year smartphone sleep tracking study

Not sleeping enough or getting a bad night’s sleep over and over makes it hard to control your appetite. And that sets you up for all sorts of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. The link between poor sleep and a greater body mass index (BMI) has been…

Sex gets complicated during the pandemic

Sex gets complicated during the pandemic

When the pandemic hit, couples found themselves worrying about getting sick, losing income, teaching their children at home while working full time (or worrying full time about sending them to school). It hardly makes a perfect recipe for sex. The stress has been too much for one Texas couple in their mid-40s with two children,…

Craving sugar during a pandemic? Here’s how to tame your sweet tooth

Craving sugar during a pandemic? Here’s how to tame your sweet tooth

Cakes, cookies, pie. During a global pandemic or even more moderately stressful life circumstances, we often turn to comforting sugary and carb-rich indulgences that may help to calm us down. Now for the bad news. New recommendations that will inform soon-to-be-released US dietary guidelines reveal we should further limit the amount of sugar we consume.…

Grandparents Day 2020: 5 tips for a safe grandparent-grandchild visit

Grandparents Day 2020: 5 tips for a safe grandparent-grandchild visit

Dear Grandma, We know you’re itching to see your grandkids after spending the last few weeks in isolation. But a visit with family may not be the safest idea at the moment. Staying home is the best way to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But if your heart is set on a playdate, there…

AstraZeneca’s Oxford vaccine trial to resume, the university says

AstraZeneca’s Oxford vaccine trial to resume, the university says

The AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial, halted last week after an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers, will resume, the University of Oxford announced Saturday. The university, which is developing the vaccine with AstraZeneca, did not say when the trial would resume. AstraZeneca said the trial will only resume in the United Kingdom, adding that…

My lifelong Muppets obsession helped me explain the pandemic to my preschooler

My lifelong Muppets obsession helped me explain the pandemic to my preschooler

Growing up with “Sesame Street” in the early 1980s, I found pieces of myself in Cookie Monster’s sweet tooth, Big Bird’s gentleness and in Grover, who was outgoing and always willing to help others, even though he made a lot of hilarious mistakes. There was even a lady named Maria who was Puerto Rican, just…

Some college towns grapple with Covid-19 after students return for fall semester

Some college towns grapple with Covid-19 after students return for fall semester

While many colleges and universities are offering classes online, that hasn’t necessarily stopped students from gathering. And now some college towns are grappling with outbreaks of Covid-19 as the start of the fall semester complicates local responses to the pandemic. “We are urging students to understand the imperative role that they play in stopping this…

Wildfire smoke and your health: Do you need to worry?

Wildfire smoke and your health: Do you need to worry?

Wildfires have broken out across the United States on an unprecedented scale, with 77 large complexes of fires engulfing 3 million acres in a matter of weeks. While the fires themselves only cover a small portion of California, Oregon and Washington, at least 24 people have died as of September 11. And the smoke they…

Even children with no symptoms can spread Covid-19, CDC report shows

Even children with no symptoms can spread Covid-19, CDC report shows

Even children with mild or no symptoms can spread Covid-19, according to contact tracing data from three Utah child care facilities released Friday. Twelve children, including one eight-month-old, got Covid-19 in a child care facility and spread it to at least 12 people outside the facilities. The data shows children can carry the virus from…

Covid-19 school closings linked to increase in depression and suicide, study finds

Covid-19 school closings linked to increase in depression and suicide, study finds

Primary school students in China experienced more depressive symptoms and made more suicide attempts after schools closed for the pandemic, a new study found. When Covid-19 hit China in January, the Ministry of Education postponed the start of spring semester to late April. That closure separated children from their friends and their broader community network,…

Fauci says normal life may not be back until the end of 2021

Fauci says normal life may not be back until the end of 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci said it could be the end of 2021 before life gets back to how it was before Covid-19. “If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Fauci…

9/11 and Covid-19: 2 mass trauma events with different recovery challenges

9/11 and Covid-19: 2 mass trauma events with different recovery challenges

Kate Colbert was first diagnosed with Covid-19 in late March, and she’s been fighting both physical symptoms and emotional trauma ever since. Calling a radiology department to follow up on her doctor’s order to get an emergency angiogram in May, she started sobbing when the receptionist said she could not schedule the procedure until she…