Here's how to stay safe while buying groceries amid the coronavirus pandemic

Should I wear a mask and gloves in the grocery story? Sanitize my food? A food virologist takes on the top questions people are asking as they shop for food amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Erin DiCaprio, Food virology researcher, University of California, Davis • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~6 min

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We designed an experimental AI tool to predict which COVID-19 patients are going to get the sickest

Researchers from New York University are designing AI algorithms to help predict COVID-19 outcomes.

Megan Coffee, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York University • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~7 min

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'I thought I could wait this out': Fearing coronavirus, patients are delaying hospital visits, putting health and lives at risk

Delaying medical care comes at a cost, both human and financial. The patients some emergency rooms have been seeing are a lot sicker and more likely to need hospitalization.

Christopher Goode, Emergency medicine physician, chair of Emergency Medicine, West Virginia University • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Finding ways to move your body while social distancing

Physical activity is important for all kinds of health reasons, even in quarantine.

Renee J. Rogers, Associate Professor of Health and Physical Activity - Programming Director, Pitt Healthy Lifestyle Institute, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~4 min

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What needs to go right to get a coronavirus vaccine in 12-18 months

Vaccine development is usually a long process. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing researchers to innovate and test potential vaccines faster than ever before.

Marcos E. García-Ojeda, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Merced • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~10 min

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Is seltzer water healthy?

Bubbly waters are becoming increasingly popular. While these carbonated, sometimes flavored beverages might cause slight harm to teeth, they are far better than soda. They might even be good for you.

Rahel Mathews, Assistant Professor, Nutrition, Mississippi State University • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

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Tips for managing social isolation during coronavirus, from women on the autism spectrum

Many people with autism spectrum disorder have dealt with social isolation their entire lives. Their coping strategies could help the rest of the world right now, as a professor with ASD explains.

Sarah Ransdell, Professor, Nova Southeastern University • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

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A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic – but is it Kawasaki disease?

A biomedical researcher and pediatrician who works with Kawasaki disease and COVID-19 explains the similarities and differences in the worrisome cases doctors are starting to see.

Mark Hicar, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

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A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic – but don't be too quick to tie it to Kawasaki disease

A biomedical researcher and pediatrician who works with Kawasaki disease and COVID-19 explains the similarities and differences in the worrisome cases doctors are starting to see.

Mark Hicar, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus is giving smokers incentive to quit, and social distancing could help them do it

An addiction psychiatrist explains why smoking raises the risks from COVID-19 and how to quit.

Amy Harrington, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

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