Wellness LetterCOVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Time for a 4th Jab?

You might have heard the news yesterday that the FDA authorized a Covid-19 booster shot for people 50 and older in light of evidence...

Speaking of Wellness: Covid-19, the Next Stage

Remember SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), the deadly coronavirus illness that was first reported in the U.S. in early 2003? SARS killed fewer than 1,000 people in 29 countries...

Ask the Experts: CO2 Monitors for Assessing Covid-19 Risk

Q. Though Omicron cases are at lower levels than they were at the peak in January, I’m still wary of eating inside restaurants or gathering in other enclosed spaces....

Covid-19, the Illness That Keeps on Giving

Nearly one in three Covid-19 patients ages 65 and older (32 percent) had at least one new or persistent medical condition in the months following their illness, according to...

Speaking of Wellness: Can Getting Covid-19 Take the Place of Getting the Vaccine?

A question I continue to get: “Why should I get the Covid-19 vaccine? I’ve already had Covid, so I’m immune.” And that query's sister question: "Why should I get...

Using Cleaning Products Safely

Covid-19 is mainly spread through airborne transmission, and the risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus by touching a contaminated surface is "generally considered to be low," according to...

Ask the Experts: What Is Herd Immunity?

Q. Throughout the pandemic, I’ve heard the term herd immunity bounced around. What exactly is that? Herd immunity occurs when enough individuals in a community have acquired immunity against a...

Covid-19 and the Flu

Long before the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 emerged, annual outbreaks of influenza posed a serious threat. During the pre-pandemic 2018–19 flu season—considered to have had a peak activity of...

Speaking of Wellness: What If You’re 65+ and Get a Breakthrough Infection?

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a friend who was in the throes of a breakthrough Covid-19 infection. He was pretty sick with a high fever and...

Rising Pressure

Blood pressure control in U.S. adults worsened during the pandemic, according to data published in the journal Circulation in December 2021. Compared to pre-pandemic levels, systolic blood pressure (the...

Speaking of Wellness: Coping With Covid-19 During the Holidays

Something great happened in late October. My 11-year-old granddaughter, for whom vaccinations had not yet been approved, wanted to spend the night with us, and we were able to...