You want a coronavirus test — here’s why your doctor probably won’t give you one

You want a coronavirus test — here’s why your doctor probably won’t give you one

If you want to get a test for the novel coronavirus, you’re in good company. “One of my sisters called me yesterday [and said], ‘I have to have my daughter tested for coronavirus,’” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press briefing Wednesday. The governor’s niece had a fever and flu-like symptoms. Yet he told his

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When and How to Wash Your Hands

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy. Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus

A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses aren’t dangerous. What Is a Coronavirus? Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, but we don’t know where they come from. They get their name from their crown-like shape. Sometimes, but not often, a

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Coronavirus Now in All 50 States

Coronavirus Now in All 50 States

News about the coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, is changing rapidly. The respiratory infection, named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), is closely related to SARS and MERS. The majority of cases are no longer in China, and the disease has been diagnosed in more than 100 other countries, including the United

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Can Your Pets Get or Give You Coronavirus?

Can Your Pets Get or Give You Coronavirus?

The threat that the virus causing COVID-19 could sicken pets and spread between them and their owners is extremely low, veterinarians say. Concerns about pet illness with COVID-19, and spread between owners and their animals emerged on Feb. 28, when Hong Kong health authorities announced that a dog belonging to a woman sick with COVID-19,

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Who’s at Highest Risk for Coronavirus?

Who’s at Highest Risk for Coronavirus?

Viruses can strike one group more severely than another. The 1918 flu, which claimed 50 million lives worldwide, particularly affected young adults. The Zika outbreak that raged through Brazil in 2015-2016 had an especially devastating effect on pregnant women, attacking the brains of the fetuses they carried. COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus

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Preparing for Coronavirus: Dos and Don’ts

Preparing for Coronavirus: Dos and Don’ts

Public health officials have been urging people to prepare — not panic — for the new coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). Those calls took on added urgency as cases of the virus have started to spike in countries outside China. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself right now: Dos and Don’ts for

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More Sex Partners, Higher Cancer Risk?

More Sex Partners, Higher Cancer Risk?

If you need more than two hands to count the number of lovers you’ve had in your life, new research suggests you might want to worry about your cancer risk. People who have had 10 or more sexual partners had higher odds of being diagnosed with cancer than those who were less sexually active, researchers

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Golf May Be a Recipe for Longevity

Golf May Be a Recipe for Longevity

If you’re a senior, playing golf regularly may do more than improve your swing: New research suggests it could reduce your risk of early death. Researchers followed nearly 5,900 adults, 65 and older, for 10 years and found that those who were regular golf players (at least once a month) were more than 8% less

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