Scientists identify features to better define long COVID

Press release Monday, May 16, 2022 Using machine learning, researchers are finding patterns in electronic health record data to better identify people who may have the disease. A research team supported by the National Institutes of Health has identified the characteristics of people with long COVID and those likely to have it. Scientists, using machine … Read more

Should you mix and match COVID boosters for your fourth dose?

Now that people over 50 or those who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second COVID booster, you may be wondering if you should change the type of vaccine you receive for your fourth dose. Evidence suggests that doing so for the third dose produces a stronger and more robust immune response, likely because vaccines … Read more

How long should I quarantine if I test positive for COVID-19?

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Massachusetts and most states now considered high risk for community transmission, it may be time to revisit quarantine guidelines. What should you do if you test positive for COVID-19? The latest virus quarantine guidelines, as posted on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, are primarily based on … Read more

EXPLAINER: What’s behind the baby formula shortage?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many parents seek out infant formula after a combination of short-term and long-term issues hit most of the biggest American brands. Millions of babies in the United States depend on formula, which is the only recommended source of nutrition for infants who are not exclusively breastfed. Here’s a look at what’s behind … Read more

Long Covid “continues to rise”, experts say. Here’s how to tell if you have it – and what to do about it

Over the past two years, new Covid cases and deaths have risen and fallen alongside surges in variants and sub-variants. One constant, say the experts: a continuous increase in long cases of Covid. The term “long Covid” refers to the wide range of new, ongoing or recurring health conditions that can affect people weeks or … Read more

4 BA.2 commonplaces and other Omicron sub-variants are spreading

Earlier in the pandemic, contact tracing data showed us where COVID-19 was predominant spread. Unfortunately, as our contact tracing efforts have slowed, we don’t have as clear a picture of where people are most susceptible to contracting omicron and its subvariants. What we do know is that although the virus has evolved to be much … Read more

4 BA.2 commonplaces and other Omicron sub-variants are spreading

Earlier in the pandemic, contact tracing data showed us where COVID-19 was predominant spread. Unfortunately, as our contact tracing efforts have slowed, we don’t have as clear a picture of where people are most susceptible to contracting omicron and its subvariants. What we do know is that although the virus has evolved to be much … Read more