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Can the framing of a message change how I process that information?

Mental Health

A: YES! Thought pathways and subsequent actions are often influenced by the way information is received. This post will highlight a few common cognitive distortions AND tips for reframing information for more objective actions. A cognitive distortion is defined by the American Psychological Association as “faulty or inaccurate thinking, perception, or belief”. Cognitive distortions interrupt

Why has a third dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines been recommended for immunocompromised people?

Vaccines

A. Recent data has shown that a third dose of either the Moderna or the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine boosts a previous weak or undetectable vaccine response in some immunocompromised people. This additional dose can help push the immune response to protective levels in some immunocompromised people. A third dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine

Should I take a booster shot if I am fully vaccinated?

Vaccines

A: Scientists at the World Health Organization say, ”No.” Not enough people in underserved regions of the world have received vaccination to effectively change the course of the pandemic. A pandemic is a worldwide epidemic. So the solution to ending the pandemic must take into account the world’s population. Citing a concern over the spread

What are the best masks for kids?

Families/Kids Masks

We know this is a HOT topic among parents sending their kids back to school right now, and we wanted to share some recommendations from aerosol scientist and Nerdy Girl favorite Dr. Linsey Marr and her colleague Dr. Aaron Prussin from Virginia Tech. We are posting their advice below: “The most important factors to consider

📊 DATA SNAPSHOT: Hospital Strain 📊

Data and Metrics

How do we keep a pulse check on COVID-induced hospital overwhelm? Researchers monitor strain with a summary metric: % of total hospital beds filled with COVID-19 patients. No metric is perfect, but this one’s pretty darn useful. And by this measure, things are looking pretty grim in southern hospitals right now. Here’s the skinny on

Dear Pandemic Shout-Out to Healthcare Workers

Uncategorized

Although the nightly cheering for health care workers doesn’t happen anymore, Dear Pandemic/Those Nerdy Girls wants these heroes to know how much we appreciate their efforts, now more than ever. We recognize the vast challenges they face right now as they fight the daunting wave of Delta variant across the United State. We know that