COVID-19

National study to analyze the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine on healthcare personnel, first responders, and essential and frontline workers

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while many have shifted to spending most of their time at home, essential and frontline workers of all types have spent day after day protecting and providing for our communities. Where would we be without the retail workers who devote countless hours to restocking shelves with toilet paper and cleaning products? …

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Why masking up is just as important after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

As the country continues its efforts to reach herd immunity against COVID-19, it’s each of our responsibilities to safely carry on with our new normal without putting others at risk. Sure, the distribution of the vaccine brings some much-needed hope, but we can’t let our guard down just yet. Here’s why it’s not quite time to ditch …

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What will it take to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19?

Herd immunity has been the dangling carrot, the saving grace that the world is waiting for as the end to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now more than a year out from the first clusters of infection in China. There are currently more than 100 million cases worldwide and more than 400,000 deaths in the …

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So, you got the COVID-19 vaccine. Now what?

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a critical step toward protecting you from the virus, but remember — its effect isn’t immediate. Getting vaccinated also doesn’t mean you can let up on those important safety measures. Here’s what to know and what to do after you get the COVID-19 vaccine. Get your second dose, if applicable. …

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COVID-19 variants: What are they and where are they coming from?

Lately, we’ve been hearing that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is changing, developing variants that may have different characteristics.  As the curiosity catches up to us, we ask, what is that all about? How does a virus mutate? For one thing, viruses do mutate. As viruses reproduce thousands and millions of times, they occasionally make mistakes in replicating …

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What is the COVID-19 vaccine made of? mRNA explained

The first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are what’s called messenger RNA vaccines, also referred to as mRNA vaccines. These vaccines have proven 94-95% effective at preventing the COVID-19 virus and are a crucial step to keeping you, your family and our communities safe. But we get it — while researchers have …

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Pregnant or trying to conceive? What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and fertility

If you’re pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding, you likely have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine — Is it safe for you? Are there any risks to your baby? Can the vaccine impact fertility for women of childbearing age? As an OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist, I hear you. These are important questions to …

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What to expect when you get the COVID-19 vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, you may be wondering what to expect when it comes time for your vaccination appointment. Studies submitted to the CDC demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines — and getting vaccinated is fundamental to keeping you, your loved ones and your community safe.  Here’s what’s involved in …

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COVID-19 home treatments: Facts vs. myths

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Texas and across our country, people are looking everywhere for advice on what to do if they get sick with coronavirus. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there.  So, with that being said, what advice can we actually count on? Let’s address four areas where there are common …

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COVID-19 testing: How to choose the right test for you

What should you do if think you have been exposed to COVID-19, or SARS CoV-2? With a handful of options available for coronavirus testing, there is quite a bit of confusion about what to do if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed.  Let’s try and simplify this. Stay smart and stay home …

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