Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID vaccine for my kids?

The short answer: kids should get the vaccine as soon as one is available to them.  On May 10, 2021, the FDA expanded authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for 12-15-year-olds. On May 12, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also recommended this vaccine for use in kids age 12 and up. With this announcement, … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID vaccine for my kids?

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Are we worried about the CDC’s new guidance for fully vaccinated people?

Yesterday, the CDC released new guidance for fully vaccinated people in response to very encouraging real-world data about COVID-19 vaccines. To reflect this growing body of evidence, the CDC updated their guidance to recommend that:  “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, … Continue reading Are we worried about the CDC’s new guidance for fully vaccinated people?

SciMoms COVID FAQs: Do masks slow the spread of COVID-19?

In this series of COVID FAQs, the SciMoms answer frequently asked questions about the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. In this post, we focus on masks. Do masks slow the spread of COVID-19? Are masks dangerous? Should kids wear masks? What are current mask recommendations in the US? Photo by Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash CDC currently … Continue reading SciMoms COVID FAQs: Do masks slow the spread of COVID-19?

COVID-19 Science Has Become Partisan. Who Can You Trust?

Image credit: Наркологическая Клиника The United States has one of the highest numbers of daily COVID-19 deaths in the world. There are many underlying causes, like poor healthcare in many populations, the lack of social safety nets, and low pandemic readiness. Perhaps most frustrating of all? The way our government’s partisanization of science has broken … Continue reading COVID-19 Science Has Become Partisan. Who Can You Trust?

SciMoms COVID FAQs: Diagnostic COVID testing

In this series of COVID FAQs, the SciMoms answer frequently asked questions about the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. In this post, we focus on diagnostic testing. What is a COVID-19 test? How accurate are COVID-19 diagnostic tests? Why is testing important? Image by Fernando Zhiminaicela from Pixabay  What is a COVID-19 test?  A COVID-19 test is when a … Continue reading SciMoms COVID FAQs: Diagnostic COVID testing

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Safe Infant Feeding: Parents Aren’t Getting The Information They Need

Image: bingngu93 from Pixabay by Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh When it comes to safe infant feeding, the “Breast-is-Best” mantra is the standard in hospitals, from prenatal education sessions and through the postpartum hospital stay and beyond. It’s based on guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization that infants be exclusively breastfed … Continue reading Safe Infant Feeding: Parents Aren’t Getting The Information They Need

SciMoms COVID FAQs: Who is at high-risk for COVID-19?

In this series of COVID FAQs, the SciMoms answer your frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. For our third FAQ, we focus on high-risk groups for COVID-19. Defining risk: it's not about you Risk is a population-based measure, which means it doesn’t necessarily apply to every individual in that population. Since … Continue reading SciMoms COVID FAQs: Who is at high-risk for COVID-19?