Because the person you are interacting with may have a coronavirus infection even though they have no symptoms. And alas, an asymptomatic person with Covid-19 is probably just as likely to be able to infect you as someone with evident sympoms.
In a large American survey (over 20,00 people in every part of the US), young people (Americans under age 25) were twice as likely to believe false information about the coronavirus pandemic than were older people (Americans over age 65). Tells you an awful lot about the (malevolent) wisdom they find on social media, I […]
The headlines regarding this study, such as this one in the Washington Post, will likely scare a lot of you. So just remember that it’s always very wise to read beyond the headlines. And when you do, you will discover that no one really knows what this means as yet. Bad possibility: We are all […]
Yes, we will eventually have a vaccine. But even an effective vaccine will only protect some of us, especially not, of course, those who refuse to get vaccinated. Plus, any intervention is only as good as our ability to get it out there, and this one poses special challenges. Still we will eventually get over […]
All you really need to know right now about staying as safe as possible.
Better not get your hopes up too soon. First, there are antibodies and there are antibodies. So some antibodies help you fight off an infection right away, while other antibodies come in only later to recognize and to ward off a new attempt by that germ to invade the holy temple that is your body. […]
Look, coffee is a health drink. Period. Study after study after study after study after . . . has clearly shown that (with a very few exceptions like perhaps early in pregnancy) compared to people who don’t drink coffee, people who do drink coffee have better health outcomes – no matter what you decide to […]
And this is some good news, although for down-the-line, meaning that when we get over worrying so much about COVID-19 and get back to worrying about the things that are more likely to kill way more of us, eventually. Things like cancer, for example. So, the good news is that a study called DETECT-A (don’t […]
One of the hottest debates in medical circles these days is about the real death rate from COVID-19 infections. You would think this would be a simple calculation, right?: List everyone who dies from COVID-19 and compare that to the number of people who are infected with this coronavirus, and presto, you have a death […]
Apparently, and I would never accuse the smoking-loving French of lying about their stats although they may bend their stats from time to time, data from France shows that while over 25 % of the population in France smokes, smokers account for only roughly 5 % of all COVID-19 infections. That’s right: smokers in France […]