Why is handwashing important to prevent COVID-19?

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions, including coronavirus, are spread in part by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Coronavirus...

Is Hand Sanitizer as Effective as Soap and Water?

To prevent coronavirus, the best thing you can do is to wash with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not available, then the...

Should I wear a face mask when I go out in public?

In order to help protect yourself and others, the CDC recommends that you wear a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like grocery stores and pharmacies. This is especially important in areas where...

What treatments are available for COVID-19?

As of June 2020, there are no treatments and there is no vaccine or cure for COVID-19, although there are clinical trials under way. Since COVID-19 stems from a virus, antibiotics are not effective to combat it. There are treatments for people who develop...

Seasonal Allergies Amid a Pandemic

As the coronavirus spreads through the US, it can be a scary time to feel sick. Waking up with even a slight scratch in your throat might make you question your condition. But with spring flowers and plants beginning to bloom, remember not to rule out the simple...
What to Do if Your Child Has Sustained a Concussion

What to Do if Your Child Has Sustained a Concussion

A concussion can happen at any age, and as a parent, it’s important for you to know the signs and symptoms. A child might suffer a concussion during a simple fall, a sports activity, or a car accident. Any direct blow to the head, face, or neck or elsewhere on the...

What is the Kissing Disease?

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s a good time to discuss infectious mononucleosis, often called “mono” or “the kissing disease.” This contagious disease is usually caused by the Epstein-barr virus. It is spread through saliva which means you can get...
When To Worry About Fever in Adults

When To Worry About Fever in Adults

A fever is a temporary rise in body temperature, and a sign that your body is battling an illness or infection. There is generally no cause for concern, but certain situations warrant a trip to the doctor– or even the emergency room. Learn when it’s time to seek...

How To Use Antibiotics Responsibly

Antibiotics are life-saving drugs that treat bacterial infections and prevent serious complications of disease. Unfortunately, these medications are becoming increasingly ineffective due to a phenomenon called antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance occurs when...

Why Am I Coughing?

A cough is a natural reflex that occurs when your body senses an irritation in your throat or airway. The muscles in your chest and abdomen contract to expel air and hopefully, the irritant. While coughing can be uncomfortable, it’s your body’s natural defense against...