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Pollen can raise your risk of COVID-19 – and the season is getting longer thanks to climate change

Pollen can suppress how the body’s immune system responds to viruses. Callista Images via Getty Images Lewis Ziska, Columbia University Exposure to pollen can make you more susceptible to COVID-19, and it isn’t just a problem for people with allergies, new research released March 9 shows. Plant physiologist Lewis Ziska, a co-author of the new peer-reviewed study and other recent …

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COVID-19 vaccination: What we can learn from the great polio vaccine heist of 1959

In a pandemic, vaccines are in very high demand, and this threatens their supply. (Shutterstock) Paula Larsson, University of Oxford We find ourselves at a precarious time in global health. Many people are anxiously awaiting their turn to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, yet roll-out is slow and disorganized, with many countries facing supply shortages. The conditions are ripe for …

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4 ways to close the COVID-19 racial health gap

New strategies are needed to help people of color battle the COVID-19 virus. dmbaker via Getty Images Tamra Burns Loeb, University of California, Los Angeles and Dorothy Chin, University of California, Los Angeles The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the reality that health in the U.S. has glaring racial inequities. Since March, people of color have been more likely to get …

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How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse

Watching too much COVID-19 coverage can make your fear and worry even worse. seb_ra via Getty Images J. Brian Houston, University of Missouri-Columbia and Jennifer M. First, University of Tennessee Since the pandemic began, anxiety rates in the U.S. have tripled; the rate of depression has quadrupled. Now research is suggesting the media is part of the problem. Constantly watching …

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Coronavirus variants, viral mutation and COVID-19 vaccines: The science you need to understand

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is mutating. Aitor Diago/Moment via Getty Images Richard Kuhn, Purdue University The SARS-CoV-2 virus mutates fast. That’s a concern because these more transmissible variants of SARS-CoV-2 are now present in the U.S., U.K. and South Africa and other countries, and many people are wondering whether the current vaccines will protect the recipients from the virus. Furthermore, many …

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Some legislatures have held governments to account during COVID-19. But not all

Brazil’s Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello at a press conference about the distribution of nearly 6 million doses of a vaccine. Photo by Rodrigo Paiva/Getty Images Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham and Rebecca Gordon, University of Birmingham The coronavirus pandemic has gone hand-in-hand with considerable democratic backsliding. According to a new study, democratic freedoms were undermined in 83 countries from March …

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Should children get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Establishing public trust is now central to any decisions regarding the inoculation of our child population. (Shutterstock) Michael Hefferon, Queen’s University, Ontario As COVID-19 vaccination for adults rolls out, it’s time to consider the wisdom (or otherwise) of vaccinating our children. Indications to vaccinate a child population could include: A pandemic causing severe and widespread illness/mortality in the child population. …

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Virus evolution could undermine a COVID-19 vaccine – but this can be stopped

Could SARS-CoV-2 evolve to dodge the vaccine? Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Moment collection/Getty Images Andrew Read, Penn State and David Kennedy, Penn State The first drug against HIV brought dying patients back from the brink. But as excited doctors raced to get the miracle drug to new patients, the miracle melted away. In each and every patient, the drug only worked …

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How to stay safe with a new fast-spreading coronavirus variant on the loose

The new SARS-CoV-2 variant’s increased transmissibility is believed to come from a change in the spike protein, visible here in yellow under an electron microscope. National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Suresh Dhaniyala, Clarkson University and Byron Erath, Clarkson University A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 10 states, and people …

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