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Six Months In

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Six Months In

Whose advice should you follow to stay healthy and informed? The health and science experts on this list.

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One of the most challenging aspects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is that even six months in so much is unknown and uncertain. …


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Six Months In

The approval process, interpreting clinical trial results, and how to be confident in your choice to get the vaccine

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Depending on whom you ask, anywhere from half to 70% of Americans plan to get the Covid-19 vaccine when it’s available. But that means a lot of folks likely have questions before they’ll decide to line up for it. It’s entirely reasonable for people to be skeptical about a new vaccine. In fact, concern about a potential Covid-19 vaccine is healthy, particularly given the speed of its development, and is…


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You don’t have to sanitize your apples anymore, but you do have to wear a mask

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At the beginning of the pandemic in March, Jeffrey VanWingen, MD, a Michigan family physician, scared the bejeezus out of people and infuriated food scientists. During his 13-minute video, which went viral on YouTube and has been viewed over 26 million times, VanWingen tells people that when they come back from the grocery store, they should leave groceries outside for three days, spray disinfectant onto each product, and soak produce…


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Intensive care has risen to the challenge of 2020. Here’s what has changed.

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Matt Morgan, MD, an intensive care doctor at the University Hospital of Wales, in the United Kingdom, vividly remembers his first Covid-19 patient. It was a busy day at his hospital, and the patient was so ill upon arrival at the intensive care unit (ICU) that they needed life support almost immediately.

Back then, in late March, Morgan knew that Covid-19 had already caused havoc in Italy and begun spreading…


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Lessons from the Covid-19 frontlines through the eyes of Dr. Craig Spencer

Dr. Craig Spencer. Photo illustration; Photo: Marc Goldberg

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Around six months ago, New York City was seeing its highest caseload of Covid-19 cases yet. Emergency rooms in the city were packed. There was a shortage of personal protective equipment for physicians, not to mention the fear of running out of ventilators for patients with cases so severe that they required supplemental oxygen. But, about half a year out, things in New York City are slowly making a change.


Six Months In

Introducing Elemental’s special series on Covid-19

Trying to follow this unending pandemic on a day-to-day basis has been like looking through a chain-link fence: irritating, disorienting, and nauseating. We’ve all been doing this nonstop since March. Six months later, where do we find ourselves?

All this week, is going to try and answer that question — to step back for a moment and see what comes into focus. To reflect on individual lived experiences, to celebrate the advances in Covid-19 knowledge and treatment, and to set our sights on the crucial next steps so I don’t have to write another one of these


Illustrations: Moya Garrison-Msingwana

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From grocery store clerks to mental health counselors to mail carriers, Black essential workers describe living during the pandemic

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After working a long day, loading trucks at an HVAC company in East Point, Georgia, J. Waters quickly peruses her local grocery store’s shelves for food and cleaning supplies. In her area, the poverty rate is over 20%. Health conditions are highly prevalent. Hospitalizations are up. As Covid-19 consumes the public consciousness, so do the nearby killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks.

The global pandemic is creating a devastating…

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