Some have suggested the US allow healthy people to return to normal life, catch the coronavirus and get the population to herd immunity. The science says this plan is doomed to fail from the start.
yesterday • ~10 min
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Certain pre-existing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and others can increase the chance of patients dying from COVID-19, research finds.
Oct. 16, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 death mortality featured health-and-medicine
Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.
Oct. 14, 2020 • ~7 min
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As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it's not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it's usually here to stay.
Oct. 14, 2020 • ~9 min
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It's hard to make international comparisons of the COVID death rates in individual countries, but a new approach is giving scientists better data to work with.
Oct. 14, 2020 • ~7 min
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The true US death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic may be 36% higher than reported. Racism may be a big factor, the data suggests.
Oct. 8, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 death united-states health-and-medicine
Adults who added an antipsychotic to their depression treatment had a death risk compared to patients who added an antidepressant, a new study finds.
Oct. 1, 2020 • ~4 min
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A funeral director explains how the bodies of the deceased are prepared for burial or cremation in the United States.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~8 min
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Mass. General study finds that the loss of a pet can potentially trigger mental health issues in children.
Sept. 10, 2020 • ~5 min
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