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Beth Skwarecki
bethskw
Beth is Lifehacker's Senior Health Editor. She has written about health and science for over a decade, including two books: Outbreak! and Genetics 101. Her Wilks score is 302.
Jan 22
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Yep, you’re still contributing to the overall goal of vaccinating everybody, even if the timing is off. 

Dec 16
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No, that’s a really good question! Fortunately the spike protein is specific to the coronavirus. We know that people who get the coronavirus will make antibodies to the spike protein, and that people who haven’t gotten the virus do not have those antibodies. Read more

Dec 10
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If you wanted a hint, you could have looked at the giant image at the top of the page :)

Nov 24
4

If somebody is gaining more weight in the long term than they are comfortable with, that’s a subject they can address with some big picture changes to their life. (There’s also a lot more to health than whether you’re getting slightly heavier each year. Are you exercising? Is your heart healthy? Is your weight Read more

Nov 19
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Of course, there’s a big gap there between not wearing the mask at all/reasonably and the type of variance from hilariously exacting standards that any person would do. Read more

Nov 19
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The people were enrolled in the study and they sent back their antibody tests and a survey on whether or not they wore the masks. So yes, this has limitations, but it wasn’t a random mailing.

Nov 16
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There was a lot of previous research to build on, including years’ worth of work to create a vaccine for SARS and for MERS, both close relatives of this one. Read more

Nov 13
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Yeah, if all you want is hypertrophy work, there’s not much reason to push press. I do like that it’s a nice way to get some arm/core/leg work all in the same exercise, so I think it can have a place outside of competition. Read more

Nov 12
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Or a SAUCE. So many of these dishes are kind of dry and bland, but throw on some marinara or tzatziki or whatever salad dressing fits your macros, and they’re a whole new meal.

Nov 11
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I never made the connection between cold & having to pee! Googling, I see that this is definitely a known thing. I might have to do a Burning Questions on this.

Nov 10
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Ah, that is a good point! Even without drugs, there’s a world of difference between somebody’s off-season body and what they look like when they’re peaking for a competition. Read more

Nov 9
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Yeah, the faster COVID is spreading, the quicker trials can finish. It’s a very dark silver lining. Trials have been halted in the past (for Ebola, I think) because an outbreak was contained enough that it wasn’t possible to tell whether the vaccine was working.

Nov 9
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That’s a great example because polio has two vaccines that each have their pros and cons. The Salk (injectable) was first, but the Sabin (oral) was used for a lot of the big vaccination campaigns. Read more

Nov 9
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It’s also going to be a huge issue when the vaccine priority groups are decided. If you want to prevent the spread of the infection, you’ll prioritize people who have lots of exposure, like teachers. If you want to prevent deaths, you’ll prioritize people who are at the greatest risk of dying, like nursing home Read more