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Is it Allergies or COVID-19?

Is it Allergies or COVID-19? You’re enjoying the balmy, late-spring weather when boom, it hits—your throat is a little scratchy, your head feels off, and your nose starts to run at an alarming rate. Is simple allergy symptoms, or is it COVID-19? Only a medical professional with COVID-19 testing capabilities can definitively answer this question. This is because COVID-19 symptoms

What Does a Nebulizer Treatment Do?

What Does a Nebulizer Treatment Do? A nebulizer is a small piece of medical equipment that covers a person’s mouth and nose. It turns liquid medicines into an ultra-fine mist that is easily inhaled. Nebulizer treatment may be appropriate for patients with respiratory conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as pediatric patients who have difficulty

How Early Can Coronavirus Antibodies Be Detected?

How Early Can Coronavirus Antibodies Be Detected? SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus responsible for the respiratory disease COVID-19, is a relatively new virus that researchers are learning more about every day. One of the many questions that’s currently being investigated is how early coronavirus antibodies can be detected in COVID-19 patients. First, a little background. An antibody is a special protein

Antigen vs. Antibody Testing

Antigen vs. Antibody Testing: What’s the Difference? You’ve likely expanded your vocabulary over this past year—for example, you may have learned the definitions of quarantine and incubation, and you probably found out where your nasopharyngeal cavity is. But, do you know the difference between COVID-19 antigen and antibody testing? Let’s take a closer look. Antibody Testing COVID-19 antibody testing—or serology

PCR vs Rapid COVID-19 Test

PCR vs. Rapid COVID-19 Test: What’s the Difference? As the COVID-19 crisis continues, you’ve undoubtedly heard plenty about coronavirus testing and what types are available. You’ve likely also learned the location of your nasopharyngeal cavity and can probably list all of the major coronavirus symptoms at a moment’s notice. But, do you know the differences between PCR and rapid COVID-19

Is the Flu Curable?

Is the Flu Curable? While flu season continues to be overshadowed by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the flu is still a real threat that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), affects up to 20% of the American population every year. With such a widespread impact, you may be wondering if the flu is curable. Technically, the

Do Flu Shots Weaken Your Immune System? 

Do Flu Shots Weaken Your Immune System? No, flu shots do not weaken your immune system. This common flu myth has been debunked by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Harvard Health, and countless other reputable sources who conduct extensive research on the matter. While a 2012 study suggested that a flu shot may leave people more vulnerable

What is the Difference Between a Cold and COVID-19?

What is the Difference Between a Cold and COVID-19? Uh oh—you’ve woken up with sore throat and runny nose. This ordinarily would not be a cause for panic, but 2020 has changed the way we think about sniffles and scratchy throats. So, can you spot the differences between a common cold and COVID-19? It’s important to note that it’s impossible

Where Can I Get a Sports Physical?

Where Can I Get a Sports Physical? So, you or your child requires a sports physical to participate in organized athletics. Where should you turn to receive this important physical exam? You have a few options, including: Orthopedic clinics Primary care centers Urgent care centers Urgent care centers are ideal for athletes who need a quick and convenient solution, as

When Should I Get a Flu Shot?

When Should I Get a Flu Shot? 2020 has been an eventful year—so much so that you may have forgotten that flu season is rapidly approaching. While the threat of another highly contagious illness may leave you feeling overwhelmed, receiving a flu shot can significantly reduce your chances of becoming sick and spreading the flu to others. So, do you

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