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Infectious Diseases

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about infectious diseases, including COVID-19, common colds, the flu, and foodborne illness.

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Myths

10 Top Myths About COVID-19

Confused about everything you've been reading and hearing about the outbreak? We've got the facts you need.

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"We'll Start Losing People We Didn't Have to Lose"

Doctors are doing everything they can to save people fighting COVID-19. But one New York City physician fears it might not be enough.

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Corona Memes That'll Make You Smile

Sometimes you just have to laugh so you don't cry. And in this time of constant coronavirus worry and fear, we're totally there.

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Get Your Steps In—and Lower Your BP—While Social Distancing

Go ahead and lace up. Just because gyms, fitness studios, and some outdoor tracks are shut down because of COVID-19, doesn’t mean you can’t still get your steps in.

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Prevention

Worst Flu Season Ever?

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but this is shaping up to be another crazy-bad flu season. Check out these tips to stay healthy.

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Are We Closer to a Cure for HIV?

Here’s some good health news: After a stem cell transplantation, a person in London has become the second-ever person to be completely cured of HIV.

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Risk Factors

Infection-fighting Tips for People With RA

Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis are pretty great at controlling symptoms, but some can make it harder for you to fend off germs. Follow these steps to protect yourself.

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Prevention

Recall Alert: 80+ Tons of Ground Beef May Be Contaminated with E. Coli

Check your freezers — this is one nasty cause of food poisoning.

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Prevention

Protect Yourself From Tick-Borne Illness With These Tips

A bite from these common critters could land you in the hospital. Here’s what you need to know.

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Prevention

This Flu Season is the Longest in 10 Years

We’re going on Week 22 of flu season, and no, it’s not necessarily too late to get your shot. Here’s what you should know.

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Prevention

Bad News: Your Docs May Not Be Washing Their Hands Correctly

Hand hygiene is key, especially in hospitals where health care-related infections can be fatal. Yet new research finds that health care workers may not be doing everything they can to protect us.