Illustration: Kieran Blakey

The Nuance

Activating the Vagus Nerve Might Lower Your Covid-19 Risk

While physical distancing and masks are crucial, social interaction could calm the immune system and turn down inflammation

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5 min readNov 25, 2020


Like other apes, humans are social animals. We evolved to live in codependent communities, and we do poorly if…



Markham Heid

I’m a frequent contributor at TIME, the New York Times, and other media orgs. I write mostly about health and science. I like long walks and the Grateful Dead.