Explainer: what’s the new coronavirus saliva test, and how does it work?

A cornerstone of containing the COVID-19 pandemic is widespread testing to identify cases and prevent new outbreaks emerging. This strategy is known as “test, trace and isolate”. The standard test so far has been the swab test, in which a swab goes up your nose and to the back of your throat. But an alternative method of specimen collection, using […]

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LGBTQ people urgently need specialist mental health support, but it is lacking

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a significant rise in demand for mental health support. LGBTQ people are especially in need of this support, as research suggests that their mental health may be disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Mental health charities offering specialist care for LGBTQ people have already seen an increase in demand for their services. However, this specialist […]

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Is it safe to form a COVID-19 ‘support bubble’ with friends?

Is it safe to form a COVID-19 “support bubble” with friends? Yes, if done correctly. Support bubbles, also known as quarantine pods, may help fend off loneliness and anxiety after months of social distancing. The idea, which originated in New Zealand, calls for two people or households to agree to socialize in person only with each other to limit the […]

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With All The Health Benefits It Provides, You Better Believe That Garlic Is a Special Gift For Mankind

It is impossible to overstate the importance of garlic in the culinary arts. Say what you will, but there is not one single ingredient that can match the aroma that garlic adds to dishes. On top of that, nutritionists now claim that the precious root has many hidden benefits. Wait till you find out what they are. Having garlic breath […]

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Fear of needles could be a hurdle to COVID-19 vaccination, but here are ways to overcome it

As progress continues toward finding a vaccine that prevents COVID-19, millions of Americans are frightened at even the notion of getting a shot: Studies suggest 63% of young adults—those born in 2000 or later—fear needles. As a physician trained in pediatrics, I think we found the answer for the huge rise in needle phobia. Now—and even more critical: What might […]

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You Aren't Imagining It: Moms Are Doing More Childcare During Lockdown

We’re not imagining it: However lopsided our “work-life-balance” was before the coronavirus, it’s almost certainly a mess with kids at home from school and camp. A recent study of parents in England found that women are bearing the brunt of this new situation. Not only have more women become unemployed than men, but those who are working are still doing […]

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Colorado changes how it reports coronavirus deaths as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Colorado health officials on Friday revamped the way they report deaths related to the new coronavirus, listing the total number of fatalities in which the person had contracted the virus and then breaking out those whose deaths can be attributed directly to COVID-19. Health officials reported 1,150 individuals have died with COVID-19 in their systems, and found 878 of those […]

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