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Why do children have less severe COVID-19 than adults?

Biology/Immunity Families/Kids Vaccines

A: A better innate immune response may explain milder COVID-19 disease in kids, but they still CAN and DO get infected and transmit SARS-CoV-2, especially the more transmissible Delta variant. 👉🏽 TL;DR. Children have fewer ACE2 receptors, a more robust innate immune system, and produce more anti-viral proteins (like type 1 interferons) than adults. These

WHAT the heck is going on with booster shots?!

Vaccines

A: Booster doses are coming soon for older adults in the U.S. and U.K who are 6 months past their 2nd dose. If you’re having a hard time keeping up with the data and discussion around 3rd doses or booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccines, you’re not alone! (And what’s the differences between a booster

Busting Flu Shot Myths!

Vaccines

There are tons of myths and misconceptions out there about the flu shot. Time to break some of them down and set the record straight! Myth: The flu vaccine causes the flu. Fact: Nope! There are multiple formulations of the influenza vaccine, both injectable and a nasal spray. Flu shots contain inactivated virus or small

COVID vaccine does NOT cause testicles to swell or lead to impotence

Uncertainty and Misinformation Vaccines

🍌 Apropos of nothing…a Nerdy reminder that the COVID vaccine does NOT cause testicles to swell or lead to impotence. COVID *infection*, on the other hand…. 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,