5 Things You Should Know About ‘Free’ At-Home Covid Tests

At-home covid tests.

Damon Darlin January 19, 2022 Americans keep hearing that it is important to test frequently for covid-19 at home. But just try to find an “at-home” rapid covid test in a store and at a price that makes frequent tests affordable. Testing, as well as mask-wearing, is an important measure if the country ever hopes […]

Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause positive viral test results?

Vaccine does not affect COVID-19 viral test.

None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.​ If your body develops an immune response to vaccination, which is the goal, you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you […]

Myocarditis: COVID-19 is a much bigger risk to the heart than vaccination

What do the numbers tell us about COVID-19, vaccines and myocarditis?

The heart has played a central role in COVID-19 since the beginning. Cardiovascular conditions are among the highest risk factors for hospitalization. A significant number of patients hospitalized with SARS-CoV-2 infections have signs of heart damage, and many recover from infection with lasting cardiovascular injury. It’s not surprising that debates over COVID-19 vaccines frequently centre […]

Here’s where (and how) you are most likely to catch COVID – new study

Places with highest risk of getting COVID.

Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford; Jose-Luis Jimenez, University of Colorado Boulder; Shelly Miller, University of Colorado Boulder, and Zhe Peng, University of Colorado Boulder Two years into the pandemic, most of us are fed up. COVID case rates are higher than they’ve ever been and hospitalisation rates are once again rising rapidly in many countries. […]

What Patients Can Learn With Confidence From One Negative Rapid Test (Hint: Very Little)

Taking a covid rapid test at home.

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News and Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News January 13, 2022 Julie Ann Justo, an infectious disease clinical pharmacist for a South Carolina hospital system, hoped Christmas week would finally be the time her family could safely gather for a reunion. Before the celebration, family members who were eligible were vaccinated and […]

Your Baby’s Hearing Screening and Next Steps

Hearing screening for babies.

Most children hear and listen to sounds at and even before birth. They learn to talk by imitating the sounds they hear around them and the voices of their parents and caregivers. But that’s not true for all children. In fact, about two or three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are […]

From delta to omicron

Testing for COVID variants.

Alexander Sundermann, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences and Lee Harrison, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences The omicron variant quickly took over the global coronavirus landscape after it was first reported in South Africa in late November, 2021. The U.S. became the 24th country to report a case of omicron infection when health officials announced on […]