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Drug overdoses have surged since the COVID-19 pandemic began

Across the United States, health officials are reporting unprecedented surges in drug overdoses. Last week, The Washington Post released data…

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Why smell checks might work better than fever checks for COVID-19 screening

We've all been through the “non-contact infrared thermometers” businesses use to check if you have a fever, and possibly COVID-19.…

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What types of masks are most effective?

As the coronavirus started to spread, many medical experts, myself included, argued that wearing a mask offered at least some…

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A huge percentage of Americans have already had COVID-19: Why studies of feces can help assess the spread

Last week, the director of the CDC, announced COVID-19 cases in U.S. may be 10 times higher than reported. As…

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Nearly half of deaths due to COVID-19 come from nursing homes and long-term-care facilities

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults appear to be one of the major sources for coronavirus…

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Are gyms safe during times of increased COVID-19 spread?

Gyms and fitness centers in the U.S. closed for weeks early in the COVID-19 pandemic. They have reopened in much…

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Bars emerge as a main source of COVID-19 spread

On Monday, Arizona, Texas, California and Florida closed some or all bars or restaurants in response to increases in COVID-19…

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Demand for dexamethasone soars, but it’s not for everyone

Last week, I told you about a British study that showed a cheap steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by a…

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Antibody tests for COVID-19 might not be not as helpful as hoped

Antibody tests for COVID-19 have been hyped to prove whether you have been infected with the coronavirus, even if you…

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Studies show COVID-19 patients lose antibodies to the virus quicker than previously thought

Two studies published last week offer insight into how long we might have immunity to COVID-19 after infection. Most people…

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Reopening schools – Data shows that kids with COVID-19 are rarely the source of COVID-19 infections in their household

Children with COVID-19 are rarely the source of infections in their household, according to a new study released by the…

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An ultra-fast saliva test for COVID-19 screening might soon be available

Current COVID-19 testing in the United States is invasive, and it can take days to receive the results, leading to…