It has spread across the globe in just a few short months, sickening hundreds of thousands, but the new coronavirus has the dubious distinction of not really being a living organism, biologists say. “Viruses aren’t considered alive — in class, I call them pseudo-alive,” said Eric Mendenhall, an associate professor of biological sciences at the…  read on >

Smokers and vapers who get COVID-19 can probably expect a more severe infection, health experts warn. Many advisories have focused on the risk facing older people, those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, and people with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients. But doctors also caution that users of electronic cigarettes and tobacco are…  read on >

The new coronavirus continues its steady march through the U.S. population, bringing with it a second plague: potentially dangerous myths and rumors about COVID-19, spread via the internet. You may have already heard some of these coronavirus myths, which, if subscribed to, could at best mean wasted effort or — at worst — make you…  read on >

Everyone is learning to deal with the threat of the new coronavirus, but for people with cancer, the virus is even more concerning. Cancer can increase people’s risk of catching the coronavirus. It increases the odds of complications from the infection, too. “Patients with cancer are at a higher risk, especially if treatment is active…  read on >

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a worldwide shift in the way people live, placing many in self-imposed exile to prevent the spread of the contagion. But it’s important to remember that four of every five infected people will have mild symptoms, perhaps so mild as to not be noticeable, experts note. “About 80% of people…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — As the number of known U.S. coronavirus cases soared past 34,000 and the death count eclipsed 400 on Sunday, President Donald Trump approved disaster declarations for regions hit hardest by the pandemic, activating the National Guard in three states. The declarations will bring supplies, medical stations and naval hospital ships to New…  read on >

Trying to find hand sanitizer to ward off coronavirus? You’re not alone. Hand sanitizer has been selling out across the country as the COVID-19 pandemic moves into more and more U.S. communities. People have rushed to stores looking for alcohol-based sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol, the type recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease…  read on >

If you and the kids are staying home to avoid the coronavirus, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers this advice to help you make the best of the situation. Make a plan. Talk to your children about daily structure, dealing with stress, and when you’ll take breaks from remote work and schoolwork. Ask teachers…  read on >