I’m Young and Healthy. Should I Take Paxlovid?

The antiviral drug regimen Paxlovid can be lifesaving for people vulnerable to COVID-19’s worst effects, helping them avoid hospitalization or worse if they catch the virus. But what about adults who are young and healthy? Is there any reason they should take Paxlovid if they catch COVID-19? [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Right now, there’s “no proven benefit” … Read more

Should You Take an Antiviral to Prevent Long COVID?

The only guaranteed way to prevent Long COVID is to avoid getting infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Recently, however, researchers have found promising signs that certain drugs may reduce the risk of developing Long COVID if they’re taken shortly after infection. Those studies are preliminary, but they raise an intriguing question: Should … Read more

I Tested Positive for COVID-19 Right Before the Holidays. What Should I Do?

The dreaded scenario has happened: you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 at the worst time, with holiday travel, parties, or family gatherings just days away. Does this mean your plans are doomed? Even nearly three years into the pandemic, the answer is surprisingly complicated. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says most people … Read more