What You Need to Know If You Plan to Fly on an Airplane During COVID-19

Experts say there is some risk to flying on an airplane during the COVID-19 pandemic. How high the risk is depends on factors such as ventilation inside the plane as well as if the airline fills the middle seats. They say passengers should practice mask wearing and physically distancing not only on the plane but…

Raising a Newborn When Your Office Is an ER

Dr. Rajiv Bahl and his wife, Lauren Bahl, work in healthcare. They welcomed their son, Sanjay, in April. Image via Rajiv Bahl When my wife, Lauren, and I found out that she was pregnant with our first child in August 2019, we didn’t think we’d be fighting a pandemic when he was born. Lauren and…

Here’s Why You May Want to Limit Your TV Time to 2 Hours a Day

Social distancing and business closures during the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more difficult for people to remain physically active. Having a healthy lifestyle is more important now than ever. New research suggests that one way to prevent poor health is to reduce our time watching TV. Watching less TV leaves more time to be…

Researchers ID 6 COVID-19 Symptom Sets

COVID-19 presents differently in people. Some experience mild or no symptoms, while others may require hospitalization and oxygen support. Researchers in London were able to identify which COVID-19 symptom clusters tend to be more severe and require respiratory support. Cough, fever, and changes in smell were the most frequently reported symptoms, followed by headaches, muscle…

Coronavirus Outbreak: Daily Updates

The outbreak, initially identified in China, is continuing to grow. The disease is called COVID-19. It’s caused by an infection with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which is one of multiple coronaviruses that can be transmitted to humans. Other examples of coronaviruses include SARS, MERS, and even the common cold. COVID-19 cases Globally, there have been more…

‘Doomscrolling’ During COVID-19: What It Does to You and How You Can Avoid It

An increasing number of people are “doomscrolling” as they seek information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts say the obsessive searching for information can have numerous mental health effects, including an increase of stress. They add that staying informed and making connections while scrolling can be a benefit. Experts recommend that people limit their doomscrolling by…

Back on the Front Line: Some Doctors Face COVID-19 a Second Time

During the first COVID-19 peak in April, many healthcare providers traveled to New York City to help. Now some of these providers are seeing a second COVID-19 peak back home. We talked to physicians about the strain of going through two COVID-19 peaks and what they learned in New York. When the first COVID-19 wave…

COVID-19 Antibodies May Fade Quickly. What this Means for Herd Immunity

People who developed only mild to moderate symptoms tended to produce fewer neutralizing antibodies than people with severe cases of COVID-19. A recent study found that 65 days after infection had passed, only 17 percent of participants still had potent levels of neutralizing antibodies in their blood. Early research has found that people who’ve recovered…

How 12 Weeks of Stretching Can Improve Your Heart Health

Researchers say 12 weeks of passive stretching can improve blood flow and improve your heart health. They say the stretching can reduce problems in a person’s vascular system and decrease the risk of events such as heart attack and stroke. Experts say aerobic exercise, weight loss, and lower blood pressure are also ways to improve…