How Has COVID-19 Affected Infertility Treatment?

COVID-19 has affected every area of medical care, and that includes care of women who are trying to get pregnant through fertility treatment........

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RNA, COVID-19, and Pregnancy

We talk a lot about genetics, here on The Pulse, because genetics is increasingly important throughout medicine........

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Diabetes, Pregnancy, and COVID-19: Is High Fructose Corn Syrup the Root of the Problem?

If you have been reading a lot of The Pulse, then you may know that type 2 diabetes mellitus is one of the main health conditions........

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Take-Home Pregnancy Test Debated Over Testing for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is relevant to discussions of pregnancy and parenting, not only because of health effects that SARS-CoV2........

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Temperature Rise and other Normal Pregnancy Changes Confused with COVID-19

Your body temperature is up slightly, it’s a little difficult to breathe, and your sense of smell is not right. You google........

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Not Your Granddaddy’s Vaccine: A Pregnancy and COVID-19 Perspective on Vaccine Technology

The first vaccine consisted of fluid from cowpox blisters that Edward Jenner would scratch into patients’ skin to protect them against smallpox........

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Fetal circulation and fetal hemoglobin: Considerations for COVID-19

The anatomic pathway through which blood circulates during fetal life is very different from what happens beginning when the newborn........

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Why There Are Fewer Preemies Born During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The Pregistry website includes expert reports on more than 2000 medications, 300 diseases, and 150 common exposures during pregnancy and lactation. For the topic Coronavirus (COVID-19), go here. These expert reports are free of charge and can be saved and shared........

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International Registry of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Exposure in Pregnancy

The International Registry of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Exposure in Pregnancy is collaboration of Pregistry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.......

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The Pregnancy Immune System in the COVID-19 Era

From reading The Pulse, you are probably aware that the immune system changes during pregnancy. You may also be aware that doctors......

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Marijuana and Pregnancy in the Era of COVID-19

Cannabis (tetrahydrocannabinol, THC) is becoming increasingly legal and available throughout the United States.......

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COVID-19 and Miscarriage: Is There a Connection?

Data regarding the effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during pregnancy are scarce.......

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The COVID-19 Dexamethasone Story and its Significance for Pregnancy

The story of emerging treatments for COVID-19 has been confusing for various reasons.......

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Ivermectin, Covid-19 and Pregnancy

Ivermectin is an FDA-approved drug that is used to treat parasitic infections. It can be administered orally or applied topically.......

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How do we get the body to fight off a potentially deadly virus? There are three basic strategies.

Convalescent plasma is a form of experimental treatment for Covid-19 that was first used in Wuhan......

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Convalescent Plasma, Covid-19 and Pregnancy

Convalescent plasma is a form of experimental treatment for Covid-19 that was first used in Wuhan......

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Why Pregnant Women Must get the Flu Shot in the COVID-19 Era

Back in April, we discussed why COVID-19 is worse than the seasonal influenza, whether or not you are pregnant......

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Azithromycin, COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Azithromycin is a broad spectrum antibiotic meaning it can kill bacteria from different classes. It belongs to a group......

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Managing Behavior of Your Young Child During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-wise, everyone is in a different place at the moment. Some people are working from home......

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Caring for a Child with COVID-19

Back in early February of this year, my son came down with an illness. He had some coughin......

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Blood Clotting in Pregnancy and COVID-19

Also known as coagulation, blood clotting is a very important issue in connection with many medical.....

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The Genetic Code, Remdesivir, and COVID-19: A Pregnancy Perspective

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for some time, in all likelihood you are quite aware.....

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COVID Toes and the Pregnant Woman

Blood types are relevant to pregnancy and probably also to COVID-19. To delve into this topic, let’s begin.....

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Blood Types: Are they Relevant to Pregnancy and COVID-19?

Blood types are relevant to pregnancy and probably also to COVID-19. To delve into this topic, let’s begin.....

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COVID-19 Immunity: Prevention for My Baby and Others?

If you are sick with COVID-19 and then you recover, does this mean that you protected against infecting.....

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Getting Pregnant During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Even in the midst of a pandemic, life goes on—and biological clocks keep ticking. This is a particularly .....

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COVID-19 Vaccine News: A Pregnancy Perspective

As you may know, most vaccines can be given safely to pregnant women, while certain vaccines, .....

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Smoking Risks in Pregnancy and for COVID-19

If ever there is a time to quit smoking, it’s prior to and after you become pregnant, and the same is .....

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Can A Virtual Doula Help Me During the Pandemic?

Many hospitals have placed pandemic-related limits on the number of support people that can.....

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The Pregnancy Brain and COVID-19

Of the various organs of the body that may pop into your brain when you think about pregnancy, or about.....

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Maintaining Good Nutrition for Your Child During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we begin to come out of hibernation, many of us are—for now at least—beginning to breathe a little.....

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The Best Podcasts for New Parents Stuck at Home During the Pandemic

If you’re on parental leave at the same time as many people are still staying at home due to the spread.....

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Blood Pressure Hormones in Pregnancy and COVID-19

Infection with SARS-CoV-2 causes cascades of events that disrupt various organ systems .....

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The Effects of COVID-19 on the Placenta

The placenta is a temporary organ, basically a sac of blood vessels, that attaches to the inner wall of the .....

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COVID-19 Clinical Trials: Should Pregnant Women Be Included?

Historically, clinical researchers have not included pregnant or breastfeeding people in clinical .....

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Keeping Romance Alive During Quarantine

Keeping romance alive for your and your partner can prove to be difficult during quarantine. It can .....

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ExplHot and Cold Therapy Against COVID-19: Safe for Pregnant Women?

Heat therapy is the exposure of the entire body or certain parts of the body to extreme heat in a bid .....

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Explaining COVID-19 to Your Children and Helping Them Cope

Maybe your baby is too little to remember lockdowns and the pandemic, or maybe you have older kids .....

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Pregnant? These Are Activities You Could Plan During Quarantine

This pandemic has been difficult in multiple ways, many being physical health-related. However, as .....

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Immunotherapy and Covid-19: Implications for Pregnancy

Immunotherapy is a form of treatment, most commonly used against cancer, that targets the body’s.....

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Essential Loungewear for Pregnant Moms During Quarantine

We have had to change our lifestyles, the way we relate to our friends and family, and even the types....

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Effects of COVID-19 on the Kidneys: Implications During Pregnancy

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, scientists and physicians are finding out more about....

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Lockdown Blues or Postnatal Depression?

One thing many new Moms will have in common at the moment is that feeling of complete....

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COVID-19 Inflammatory Syndrome: A New Concern for Children

Undoubtedly, reporting on COVID-19 has its challenges. What we might know medically as....

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Your White Blood Cells During Pregnancy and COVID-19

White blood cells (WBCs) are a group of cells within blood that help protect you against infection....

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Will Breastfeeding Rates Increase During Lockdown?

Let’s face it, giving birth during a global pandemic was probably not what anyone had in mind....

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Your Postnatal Care during Social Isolation

As stressful as it may have been; getting through the experience of giving birth during a global pandemic....

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Vitamin D, COVID-19, and Pregnancy: New Findings

Recently, on The Pulse, there was a nice review of vitamin D , explaining the importance ....

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How Will I Cope Giving Birth Alone during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Many pregnant women across the globe are worrying about the same thing at the moment. What if I have to give....

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Will Wearing a Mask Protect Me from Getting COVID-19?

You’ve no doubt heard a lot about wearing masks lately in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. From people saying....

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12 Tips to Beat Cabin Fever When Your Are Pregnant and in Lockdown

Staying indoors when pregnant during the flu season is hard enough, but isolation indoors during COVID-19 is almost....

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Visits to the Pediatrician During COVID-19: Whether, When and How

COVID-19 or not, the world keeps turning. If you have children, what this means is that they continue to grow, develop, and....

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The Benefits of Reading to Your Baby During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Pediatrician’s View

As I write this, the great majority of us, wherever we are, are homebound. Many are taking advantage of our time at home....

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Tips for Pregnant Women to Physical Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has rocked the world with more scary news and horrifying statistics every day than anything....

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Working From Home With a Baby in the Time of COVID-19

f you’re able to do your work from home during this pandemic, you might be feeling thankful. But if you have kids at home....

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Carbon Dioxide in Pregnancy and COVID-19

In a previous post, we talked about oxygen in connection with pregnancy and COVID-19, but oxygen is only half of the story of breathing.....

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Is It Ok to Let My Young Kids Play with the Neighbor Kids During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has us reeling with all the changes in our daily lives that have come about as a result......

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A Pediatrician’s View of Vaccines and the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s a bit of an understatement to say we’ve had a lot on our minds lately, and much.....

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Remdesivir, COVID-19, and Pregnancy

Are there any medications that pregnant women can take if they become infected with COVID-19? As of mid-April, 2020.....

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Planning Your Virtual Baby Shower

The Pregistry website includes expert reports on more than 2000 medications, 300 diseases.....

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Viral Disease and Pregnancy: Why COVID-19 is Worse than Seasonal Flu

A half truth makes a great lie. Attributed both to Benjamin Franklin and, in a slightly different form, to a Yiddish proverb....

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Breastfeeding for the First Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you’re pregnant right now, or if you just had your baby, you are likely more isolated than you....

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Why Young Kids Don’t Get as Sick from COVID-19 as Adults Do?

The world has been caught up in coronavirus concerns for a couple of months now. Reading about severe illness....

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Effects of COVID-19 on the Lungs: Implications During Pregnancy

Being pregnant in the midst of a pandemic is scary. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself. First and foremost....

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Effects of COVID-19 on the Heart: Implications During Pregnancy

Every day scientists are discovering more about the effects of the novel coronavirus....

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ARBs and ACE inhibitors: Implications for COVID-19 and Pregnancy

If you are taking blood pressure medication belonging to a category called ARBs....

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COVID-19 in Babies and Children

In early April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an update on what we know....

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Hydroxychloroquine as Possible Treatment for COVID-19: Safe During Pregnancy?

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about using a drug called hydroxychloroquine in the fight against COVID-19. ....

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The Possible Role of Zinc against Covid-19 and How Pregnant Women Can Make the Most of It

Zinc is an element that occurs naturally in nature. It is an essential nutrient for humans....

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Do I Have a Postpartum Mood Disorder or Am I Just Sad about COVID-19?

What with social distancing, self-isolation, and worries about the coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s a tough time....

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COVID-19, Pregnancy Care, and Telemedicine

Being pregnant during the time of a pandemic like COVID-19 is stressful....

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All About Antibodies in Pregnancy and COVID-19

I’m writing this the day after the Passover seder, which includes a retelling...

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Getting the Birth Support You Need During the COVID-a Pandemic

Anticipating your labor and birth can always be a bit anxiety-inducing, but during this COVID-19 pandemic...

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BCG as a Possible Treatment for Covid-19: Will Pregnant Women be Eligible?

Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is a vaccine that is used to prevent tuberculosis.....

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Can you Get Vitamin D Deficiency When You are Pregnant and in Isolation?

Pregnancy in isolation means a variety of different things- most of them difficult.....

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Tips For Pregnant Women in Quarantine Who Want to Exercise

Social distancing and isolation are hard for everyone. The immediate feeling of being alone coupled ....

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Should You Isolate from Your Newborn Baby, if You have Tested Positive for COVID-19?

In an earlier post, we discussed how COVID-19 can become so severe as to require that the patient....

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Easy Ways to Entertain Your Baby or Toddler During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Whilst many people across the globe are using this period of lockdown to learn a new skill, practice a hobby ....

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COVID-19 and Pregnancy: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

The novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, is the virus that causes the illness we now know as COVID-19 ....

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Mechanical Ventilation, COVID-19, and Pregnancy

In the previous post on oxygen and pregnancy, we discussed how oxygen enters the body through the lungs.....

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All About Oxygen in Pregnancy and COVID-19

You know that oxygen is a gas that we must breathe all the time to stay alive, but what is the story of oxygen.....

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COVID-19 and Fever During Pregnancy – Treatment Options

According to a UK study, fever is the most frequent symptom of mild and moderate Covid-19. Fever or pyrexia is an immune response.....

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Covid-19 and Pregnancy: Does Vitamin D Help?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is believed to have originated from Wuhan, China....

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COVID-19 and Anti-Vaxxers

We are not accustomed to a world in which people routinely die of infection. That sort of thing happens in other times, other places; the seventeenth century, the Third World....

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What’s Bugging You? A Short Guide to Viruses, Bacteria, Fungi, and Other Microscopic Problems

You’re hearing a lot about the coronavirus (COVID19) right now, and there is still that other virus to be worried about: flu....

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Getting the Birth Support You Need During a Pandemic

Anticipating your labor and birth can always be a bit anxiety-inducing, but during this COVID-19 pandemic, it might feel like even more things are up in the air...

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Pandemic Part 5: Are Pregnant Women Particularly Vulnerable to COVID-19?

In an earlier segment, we considered some pandemics of the past, such as the influenza pandemic of 1918 and the Asian flu of 1956-58...

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Managing Your Stress and Anxiety in the Time of Coronavirus

With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, it might feel like a scary time to be alive and an even scarier time to be pregnant. If your anxiety is spiking as you worry about getting sick...

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Avoiding Loneliness as a New Mom During Coronavirus Isolation

The Pregistry website includes expert reports on more than 2000 medications, 300 diseases, and 150 common exposures during pregnancy and lactation...

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Pandemic Part 4: How the Testing Works for COVID-19

The decision on whether you will be tested for SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (CoViD-19)...

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Will There be a Baby Boom Following the Coronavirus?

With many families being told to stay at home and self-isolate due to Covid-19, for 3 months if not, potentially more, one question on many...

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Pandemic Part 3: Getting Your Flu Shot and Other Vaccines

It’s spring, 1954. Medicine has advanced considerably over the past two decades, but one health ...

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Pandemic Part 2: Pandemics of the Past

To get perspective on a pandemic, such as the COVID-19 disease that is troubling humanity at the present time, sometimes its helpful to look back at ...

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How to Cope when Pregnant and Self Isolating

Like many pregnant women across the globe, you may have been asked to self-isolate for a substantial amount ...

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Pandemic Part 1: A Primer on the Biology of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus and the Terminology that You are Hearing

Coronavirus, epidemic, pandemic, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, SARS, MERS, ICU, and the N95 mask –so many terms ...

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Why Closing Schools for Coronavirus Might Not Be the Best Idea

As of this writing, schools are closed in forty-one of the United States and in many countries in Europe and the Middle East. Hundreds of millions of children are ...

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Why You Should Not Use a Hand Sanitizer During Pregnancy

Millions of Americans use hand sanitizer every day believing they safely kill bacteria ...

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Could Getting COVID-19 Now Protect You From Getting It Again?

Could getting COVID-19 now protect you from getting it again? Such a great question, with enormous ...

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and Pregnancy: Should You be Worried?

Coronavirus. This is the name of a family of viruses, including several that are known to cause ...

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