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Your life, sourced by science. A publication from Medium about health and wellness.

Hypochondria

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Cyberchondria is real. And largely unhelpful.

Photo: Vladimir Sukhachev / Getty Images

For those who live with hypochondria, myself included, this pandemic has added layers to our concerns around health. Many of us have spent hours Googling risks and symptoms. And as science has revealed more information about the virus and illness, some of it comforting (it’s probably not foodborne), some of it terrifying (some sufferers’ symptoms seem to be lingering for months), the anxieties have shifted, evolved — and persisted.

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