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How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak – and why it's so tricky

Plant, animal or human, the methods are largely the same. Tracking down the origins of a virus involves a combination of extensive fieldwork, thorough lab testing and quite a bit of luck.

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How to 'build back better' health habits after the pandemic year

I am a physician and associate professor of medicine at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. In my role as the director of wellness, resiliency and vulnerable populations, I hear the concerns of faculty and staff regarding returning to on-site work.

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How can the world help India — and where does that help need to go?

Several countries including the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Germany, and France have already sent aid such as oxygen and related equipment, ventilators, medicines and ICU equipment. The US has also said it will provide vaccine help, and critical drugs.

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'Each burning pyre is an unspeakable, screeching horror' – one researcher on the frontline of India's COVID crisis

Global health researcher Vyoma Dhar Sharma had just embarked on a fieldwork trip to India as COVID-19 began sweeping through the population and overwhelming hospitals. It has taken a terrible toll on her country – and her family.

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Coronavirus one year on: two countries that got it right, and three that got it wrong

One year on, we have now seen 115 million confirmed cases globally and more than 2.5 million deaths from COVID-19.

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6 COVID-19 treatments helping patients survive

There is still no quick cure, but thanks to an unprecedented global research effort, several treatments are helping patients survive COVID-19 and stay out of the hospital altogether.

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

Constantly watching and reading news about COVID-19 may be hazardous for your mental health.

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6 important truths about COVID-19 vaccines

One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of ending the pandemic isn’t medical or logistical. It’s the misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Why using fear to promote COVID-19 vaccination and mask wearing could backfire

While the pandemic stakes might justify using hard-hitting strategies, the nation’s social and political context right now might cause it to backfire.

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10 parenting strategies to reduce your kids' pandemic stress

Many studies have shown that kids who have faced abuse, neglect and family conflict struggle forming friendships, have academic difficulties and face physical and mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood.

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Why COVID-19 won't kill cities

Two scholars who study cities explain why they think urban areas will endure – even if they don’t get the aid from Congress that now seems more likely.

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Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine? Will it protect against asymptomatic infections and mutated viruses? An immunologist answers 3 questions

For pregnant women who decide to be vaccinated, any fever associated with vaccination should be treated with acetaminophen, since fever has been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes.

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