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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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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.

By Mary Shomon

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5 Essential Facts About Using Face Masks

Are homemade coverings effective against COVID-19? Are HEPA filters safe? Should I wash them every time? We have the answers.

By Sarah Ludwig Rausch
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Your Top Flu Questions, Answered by Doctors

This flu season looks different than last year (with COVID-19 tagging along). Here’s how to prepare.

By Sarah Ellis
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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.

By Lara DeSanto
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What Is the COVID-19 Lockdown Doing to Our Mental Health?

Sure, it may seem like a no-brainer. But now we have evidence to prove what could happen—physically and mentally—after a month of quarantine.

By Lara DeSanto
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Your COVID-19 Supply Check List

The world may be re-opening, but vigilance against the coronavirus is still crucial. These six products can help.

By Julie Weingarden Dubin
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The Truth About COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Experts say life can’t return to normal until we do more testing. But what exactly does that mean, anyway?

By Sarah Ellis
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Having Weird Coronavirus Dreams?

There’s a scientific reason for those vivid pandemic-themed dreams that have been keeping you up at night.

By Sarah Ellis
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What's Your Risk for a Bad Case of COVID?

Take our quiz to assess your risk of how sick you might become with the new coronavirus.

By Erin L. Boyle
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Could COVID-19 Cause a Drug Shortage?

Hype around hydroxychloroquine continues to grow. That's a problem for people who rely on it to manage their chronic disease.

By Lexi Krupp
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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.

By Lara DeSanto