COVID-19 caution fatigue: Why it happens, and 3 ways to prevent it

Many Canadians have wrestled with mental health issues during the COVID-19 outbreak. Research by Mental Health Research Canada found that the percentage of people experiencing high to extremely high anxiety quadrupled from what they reported prior to the pandemic. Follow-up surveys conducted in the summer and fall of 2020 suggest that these high levels have continued. Despite an increase in […]

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The next vaccine breakthrough: Health experts identify ways to help people trust a coronavirus vaccine

The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNtech announced Nov. 20, 2020, that they will seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. On Nov. 16, Moderna announced that a vaccine it has been working on has been shown to be close to 95% effective. But no vaccine will be anywhere nearly that effective […]

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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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