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Why some Black Americans are experiencing vaccine hesitancy. “As a scientist, I know the importance of clinical studies… But as an African American woman, I also understand my community’s reluctance to be involved in clinical studies,” writes Jen Payne, who has a PhD in pathology. Payne details the traumatizing Tuskegee experiment, which was a 40-year study of 600 African American men untreated for syphilis. The legacy of the experiment has created understandable distrust of the medical system. Payne argues that trust needs to be rebuilt, and people need to become educated health care consumers and trust science.
The Legacy of Tuskegee Complicates African Americans’ Feelings About Vaccines
A Black scientist’s plea to lean into the data, even as an unjust health care shadow persists in the U.S.
Covid myths and misconceptions are rampant. There are so many false Covid-19 claims floating around — more than 2,000, according to a recent study — that everyone is at risk for falling for misinformation. Here are 13 Covid-19 misconceptions or falsehoods, thoroughly explained with the truth.
The 13 Most Outrageous Covid-19 Myths and Misconceptions
No, viruses can’t travel on 5G networks
How to treat loss of smell from Covid-19. Bo Stapler, MD, shares three strategies for treating anosmia—which many people who get Covid-19 have experienced, including nasal corticosteroids, antihistamines and other allergy-related medications, and smell training.
Three Methods to Treat Loss of Smell From Covid-19
It has been known for months that Covid-19 can damage one’s sense of smell. Here’s what can be done to repair the…
A case for drug combinations for Covid-19. As the world anxiously awaits a vaccine, other research groups are looking into available drug therapies that could be useful for treating Covid-19. Several trials are ongoing looking at the effectiveness of drug combinations in the treatment of Covid-19, which could offer some relief between now and an effective vaccine.
Drug Combinations May Be Our Best Hope For Treating Covid-19
Drug combinations may be what helps us bridge the gap to an effective vaccine.
Can a mother pass Covid-19 on to her baby? Jeff Livingston, MD, an OBGYN, writes that the question of mother-to-baby transmission of Covid-19 keeps health professionals like himself up at night. But thankfully, it appears that in utero coronavirus infections are very rare. This is likely thanks to the placenta, which is a defense system against invading infections like bacteria and viruses.
The Placenta Protects Babies From Covid-19; Here’s How
The placenta is missing the door and the key the virus needs
Why Latinos bear a huge burden of Covid-19 cases. Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looked at confirmed Covid-19 cases in all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns and determined that the biggest predictor of Covid-19 infection was being a recent immigrant to the United States, followed by living in a household with a large number of people and working in the food-service industry.