Covid-19

Bald men more than twice as likely to develop severe COVID-19 infection

LUGANO, Switzerland — There are plenty of risk factors which place people in greater danger from COVID-19. From old age, to obesity, to heart and respiratory issues, the list seems to grow all the time. Now, scientists say the gene which leads to male hair loss...

Unvaccinated Americans more comfortable returning to public activities than those with one dose

Adults who have received at least one dose are less likely to eat in a restaurant, travel abroad or go to the gym than their unvaccinated peers Being vaccinated against COVID-19 has given some Americans the confidence to return to many aspects of their pre-pandemic lives....

Mass. Poll: Parents, will get your 12- to 15-year-old vaccinated?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. Pfizer insists its vaccine is 100 percent effective for kids in the aforementioned age group, according to The Boston Globe. “This is a watershed moment in our ability...

BMI calculator metric: Woefully outdated and flawed

With the release of the COVID-19 vaccines, body mass index (BMI) is a trendy topic these days. Some states are including BMI, along with age and pre-existing health conditions, as an early qualifier for receiving the vaccine because obesity has been connected to more severe cases...

Pandemic weight gain: The average American has added how much?

Most of us have heard of the expression Freshman 15, an arbitrary estimate of weight gained by first year college students who, while on campus, are believed to increase their alcohol intake and indulge in fat and carbohydrate-rich food from university cafeterias and nearby restaurants. (In...

Pandemic pet names: COVID has heavy influence

Many pet dogs and cats born or adopted in 2020 have been tagged with pandemic-related names by their owners, according to a recent poll by Rover, the world's largest pet sitting / dog walking service. "Generally what we see is what is going on in the...

Should we criminalize COVID-19 vaccine disinformation?

People who deliberately spread falsehoods about vaccines on social media may deter large numbers from getting vaccinated, costing lives.However, there is divided opinion on whether lawmakers should criminalize such activities in the same way as incitement to violence, for example.Opponents argue that such a move would...

Americans Say They Will Continue Precautions After COVID-19 Pandemic Eases

In a new survey, a majority of people in the United States indicated they will continue COVID-19 safety protocols, such as wearing masks and keeping physical distance, even after the pandemic eases.A majority also plans to make adjustments at their place of employment.Experts say the survey...

U.K. COVID-19 variant cases doubling every 10 days in U.S., could be dominant strain by spring

The highly contagious variant of COVID-19, first detected in the United Kingdom, is now tearing across the United States. That is the conclusion of a new report led by members of the Scripps Research Institute. Their study finds this rapidly spreading version of coronavirus may become...

Why opening restaurants is exactly what the coronavirus wants us to do

On Jan. 29, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was promoting “marital bliss" at a coronavirus news conference. Announcing that indoor dining would reopen at 25% capacity in New York City on Valentine's Day, and wedding receptions could also resume with up to 150 people a month...