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Could you speak to the issue of Elderberry Syrup and COVID?


Q: We’re entering the season where I typically give it to my family as a flu prevention, but I’ve read that it can aggravate some COVID symptoms.” A: No scientific studies have been done using elderberry syrup to prevent or treat COVID-19. Similarly, there has been no information on whether elderberry syrup has negative impacts

Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

Infection and Spread School Staying Safe Uncertainty and Misinformation Videos

Your Questions: Answered Dr. Lindsey Leininger and Dr. Malia Jones answer your COVID questions!This week we tackle:☑️ Reinfection (2:25 – 7:45)☑️ Psychology of risky behavior (7:55 – 13:06)☑️ Election-day poll volunteering (13:19 – 17:45)☑️ Are schools superspreaders? (18:00 – 25:55)☑️ It’s OK to donate blood! (26:03 – 27:30)Big thanks to those who submitted questions! (Note:

I’ve been exposed. Is there a treatment that can keep me from getting sick?


A: Not currently. But there’s hope in the clinical trial pipeline. For many viral diseases, treatment with a prescribed “post-exposure prophylaxis” (PEP) can block an exposure from developing into a full-blown infection. Tamiflu is perhaps the best-known example. TL;DR about PEP prospects for COVID-19: ✔️ Several older drugs repurposed for COVID-19 PEP have failed in

When can grandma and grandpa meet the new baby?

Families Staying Safe

Thanks to Christa from Michigan for this excellent question! A: No doubt family and friends are excited to meet your gorgeous baby! Deciding on when to introduce family members to your newborn baby is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong answer. Let’s talk about some things to consider when making your

Where can I find information to share with clients/patients/friends/people in my life who do not speak English as a primary language?

Staying Safe

A: There are several organizations offering quick handouts, videos, and additional supports as needed related to COVID-19. Below we highlight a few, sourced from our network and our followers (thank you!). 1) State health departments in addition to the CDC website offer Web and printable information on COVID-19. Examples: –CDC Communication Toolkit –Greater New York

I have been drinking a bit more since this pandemic started.

Mental Health

Q: I have been drinking a bit more since this pandemic started. Many of my friends have too. I am having a harder time not drinking every day. What should I do? A: The first step is recognizing that you may have a drinking problem. Then: 1) Seek social connections. 2) Prioritize healthy coping mechanisms.