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Making Gyms Safer: Why the Virus Is Less Likely to Spread There Than in a Bar

Making Gyms Safer: Why the Virus Is Less Likely to Spread There Than in a Bar

HEALTH | By Will Stone | Sep 20
The fitness industry has begun to push back at the pandemic-driven perceptions and prohibitions. "We should not be lumped with bars and restaurants," says an executive from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.

Study Hints Antibody Drug May Cut COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Study Hints Antibody Drug May Cut COVID-19 Hospitalizations

HEALTH | By Marilynn Marchione | Sep 16
A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.

COVID, Smoke Inhalation or Flu? It's Tough to Tell

COVID, Smoke Inhalation or Flu? It's Tough to Tell

HEALTH | By Mark Kreidler | Sep 16
Facilities already strapped for testing supplies and personal protective equipment must first rule out COVID-19 in these patients, because many of the symptoms they present with are the same as those caused by the virus.

Virus America, 6 Months In: Disarray, Dismay, Disconnect

Virus America, 6 Months In: Disarray, Dismay, Disconnect

HEALTH | By Ted Anthony | Sep 14
On March 13 a COVID curtain descended upon the United States, and a new season of pandemic was born. Now we are half a year into it — accustomed in some ways, resistant in others, grieving at what is gone, wondering with great trepidation what will be.

What Is the Risk of Catching the Coronavirus on a Plane?

What Is the Risk of Catching the Coronavirus on a Plane?

HEALTH | By Noah Y. Kim | Sep 11
In the absence of reliable data, we decided to ask the experts about the possibility of contracting the virus while on a flight.

What Should You Look For in a Hand Sanitizer?

What Should You Look For in a Hand Sanitizer?

HEALTH | Sep 8
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hand sanitizers should be at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Apple, Google Build Virus-Tracing Tech Directly Into Phones

Apple, Google Build Virus-Tracing Tech Directly Into Phones

NATIONAL | By Matt O'Brien | Sep 2
Apple and Google are trying to get more U.S. states to adopt their phone-based approach for tracing and curbing the spread of the coronavirus by building more of the necessary technology directly into phone software.

Rapid $5 Coronavirus Test Doesn't Need Specialty Equipment

Rapid $5 Coronavirus Test Doesn't Need Specialty Equipment

HEALTH | By Matthew Perrone | Aug 27
The size of a credit card, the self-contained test is based on the same technology used to test for the flu, strep throat and other infections.

You've Checked for Fever. Now, What's Your Risk Tolerance?

You've Checked for Fever. Now, What's Your Risk Tolerance?

NATIONAL | By Elisabeth Rosenthal | Aug 25
In a world of effective antibiotics and antivirals and other treatments, deaths or even serious illnesses from infectious disease seem nearly incomprehensible. So our fear is enormous, and our risk tolerance for exposure is just about zero.

Scam Alert: Things a COVID Contact Tracer Wouldn't Say

Scam Alert: Things a COVID Contact Tracer Wouldn't Say

HEALTH | By Julie Appleby | Aug 22
State officials and federal agencies warn there's a new phone scam circulating: Some callers posing as COVID-19 contact tracers try to pry credit card or bank account information from unsuspecting victims.

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