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The surprising link between melatonin and coronavirus

April 27, 2021
Ah, sleep. That restorative eight hours that you may or may not be getting every night actively combats stress while keeping you healthy, alert, and strengthening your immune system. This is why there are so many gummies, salves, potions and other aids out there containing melatonin. It’s a hormone that humans naturally produce that regulates sleep. Pretty much all of us don’t get enough rest, which is why melatonin is also made artificially and sold over-the-counter as a natural sleep aid. It turns out that the supplement actually might have an unexpected perk: A new study from the Cleveland Clinic asserts that melatonin could help fight coronavirus.

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How to cope with pandemic numbness

April 25, 2021
As part of her job every week, NPR’s Connie Hazhang Jin checks the COVID-19 death numbers in the U.S. and worldwide. At first the growing numbers shocked her. But as the numbers grew to the millions the figures no longer had an emotional impact, leaving her feeling listless and indifferent. It turns out that psychic numbness is a common phenomena.

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Burned out by the pandemic, 3 in 10 health-care workers consider leaving the profession

Washington Post
April 22, 2021
According to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, roughly 3 in 10 health-care workers have weighed leaving their profession. More than half are burned out. And about 6 in 10 say stress from the pandemic has harmed their mental health.

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We are turning COVID-19 into a young person’s disease

The Atlantic
April 21, 2021
Even as cases drop among vaccinated Americans, the coronavirus still can spread among unvaccinated people—who will be disproportionately children.

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Why annual COVID-19 boosters may become the norm

National Geographic
April 16, 2021
To keep the coronavirus in check and stay ahead of new variants, people may need yearly shots like they do for the flu.

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Long-Haulers are pushing the limits of COVID-19 vaccines

The Atlantic
March 25, 2021
When I spoke with Letícia Soares on March 12, day 335 of her battle with COVID-19, she was celebrating an anniversary of sorts. It had been 11 months to the day since the start of her illness—an unrelenting sickness that has pinwheeled her through more than 65 symptoms, including fatigue, nausea, migraines, diarrhea, chest pain, hair loss, asthma, abdominal pain, brain fog, heart problems, and painful inflammation in both eyes. When the vaccine rollout began, she and her partner, who also has long COVID, couldn’t help but worry. “Is it safe?” she recalled thinking at the time. “Could it exacerbate our symptoms?”

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