Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Q&A: Is the common cold really much worse this year?

Many people are reporting the "worst cold ever". But are colds really much worse this year? And, if so, what is causing it? We asked consultant microbiologist Fidelma Fitzpatrick to explain.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

We should treat COVID like norovirus—not the flu

Because COVID symptoms—fever, cough, aches—are similar to flu symptoms, it is tempting to compare the two. Indeed, the UK's new health secretary, Sajid Javid, recently said: "We are going to have to learn to accept the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

'Brain fog' can linger with long-haul COVID

As researchers work to learn more about COVID-19 and so-called long-haulers, a new study suggests "brain fog" can persist and even worsen for those who were infected months before.

Pediatrics

Study shows flu vaccine lessens COVID-19 symptoms in children

Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have discovered that children who receive a seasonal flu shot are less likely to suffer symptoms from a COVID-19 infection. The finding comes from a review of ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19, cold, allergies and the flu: What are the differences?

If you have signs or symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it's important that you contact your health care provider right away for medical advice. But COVID-19, the common cold, seasonal allergies and the flu ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Using wearable activity trackers to distinguish COVID-19 from flu

By analyzing Fitbit data and self-reported symptoms, researchers from Evidation Health and collaborators analyzed trends in heart rate, step count, and symptom duration between patients with flu and those with COVID-19. While ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

More COVID-19 myths to debunk

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, a surge of infections is happening across the U.S. Midwest, including many communities served by Mayo Clinic Health System in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Some of those locations have ...

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