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BY Ronda Wendler

Last updated July 30, 2021

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, several variants of the virus have emerged. But the one named Delta is now the most severe of them all. This highly contagious variant was first identified in India in December 2020. Within six months, it spread to 85 countries. Now it's in all 50 of the United States, where it's become the dominant strain of COVID-19.

Infectious disease expert David...

3D illustration of COVID-19 virus, with one side appearing red and one side appearing a lighter pink

BY Josiah Halm, M.D.

I’m originally from Ghana, a small country in West Africa. I didn’t come to the United States until I was an adult. So, my first real experience...

BY Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D.

Social anxiety is the reluctance to engage in everyday activities you normally enjoy, because you’re worried about making a mistake, feeling...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent announcement that those who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need wear a mask in most situations was welcome news to many people. Finally, they could start doing more of the things they used to, stop dealing with “maskne” and get one step closer to pre-pandemic life.

But if you’re still in active treatment for cancer, or you’re immunocompromised due...

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BY Kristi Nelson

If you were faced with something bigger and scarier than you initially knew how to deal with, how would you handle it? Would you sit back...

BY Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D.

Burnout is the combination of exhaustion, detachment and cynicism that can sometimes develop when we’re faced with unrelieved stress over...

BY Danielle Underferth

Masking, social distancing and hand washing remain important routines that prevent COVID-19 infection even if you’ve been vaccinated. But...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

You’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and life is inching back toward normal. Now, with temperatures creeping back up, you find yourself...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

If you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, you may be thinking about getting an antibody test to see if the vaccine “worked.” Or, if you...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

With three COVID-19 vaccines now authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you might be wondering which vaccine...