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Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

Biology/Immunity Infection and Spread Vaccines Videos

In this live Q&A, Drs. Malia Jones & Amanda Simanek will be tackling pandemic questions from our readers. We’ll take questions about the “mutant strain”, which vaccine is best, that rumor about asymptomatic transmission being a phantom, and what we know (and don’t) about whether someone can still spread COVID after being vaccinated. ➡️ Welcome

¿Cómo puedo reforzar mi sistema inmunológico?

Biology/Immunity Posts en Español

R: Hoy nos enfocamos en la importancia del sueño saludable como una estrategia basada en evidencia para mejorar su sistema inmune durante la pandemia de COVID-19. ** La deficiencia de sueño a largo plazo se asocia con una variedad de comorbilidades (diabetes tipo 2, enfermedad cardiovascular, demencia) que puede resultar en consecuencias más severas por

Is the SARS-CoV-2 virus mutating and should I be concerned?

Biology/Immunity

A: Yes, many variants of SARS-CoV-2 exist which is normal virus behavior. The changes noted to date warrant continued study, though should not cause alarm. Scientists study virus mutations to: 1) understand the family tree of virus strains 2) examine changes that could alter transmission and/or disease severity 3) examine changes that could alter the

Can COVID-19 cause erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Biology/Immunity Clinical Symptoms

A: It’s possible. #MaskUptoGetItUp TL;DR: Due to its impact on inflammation and the vascular system, it is biologically plausible that COVID-19 contributes to erectile dysfunction. But as with much COVID-19 research more, ahem, hard data is needed. This eyebrow raising headline made the rounds recently based on comments during a television interview by Dr. Dena

Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

Biology/Immunity Clinical Symptoms Infection and Spread Staying Safe Uncertainty and Misinformation Videos

Drs. Lindsey Leininger and Malia Jones take your thorny COVID questions in this Live Q&A! If you have a question, submit it at our website! www.dearpandemic.org. This week we discuss: ➡️ Intro…with TV show rec’s! (0:00 – 3:00) Related link ➡️ The latest on quarantine timelines (3:35 – 8:40) Related link ➡️ Handling conspiracy theories

If I already recovered from Covid-19 infection, can I be sure I won’t get it again or pass it to others?

Biology/Immunity Infection and Spread

A: No. Evidence on the longevity and strength of the immune system response to SARS-CoV-2 remains inconclusive. Previous infection does not give you an “immunity passport”. All individuals should continue to follow SMART precautions, particularly during the holiday season. Here is what we know to date. Antibody testing alone is an insufficient measure of immunity.

Is it true that some people already have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 from previous exposure to seasonal coronaviruses?

Biology/Immunity

A: Maybe; there *is* evidence of antibodies to seasonal coronaviruses reacting to some parts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. BUT so far there is no solid evidence that these antibodies protect from COVID-19 infection or disease. What does it mean to have “cross-reactive” antibodies? There are four “common” or seasonal human coronaviruses which are one cause