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Why Do Some People Get Sicker than Others from COVID?

Why Do Some People Get Sicker than Others from COVID?

So, why is it that some people are so badly affected by COVID when many are barely scratched by it? Age and other health conditions increase the risk of getting really sick, but a new study suggests that those who escape the worst symptoms might also have the right balance of a type of immune … Continued

Is Five Days of COVID Isolation Enough? New BU Study Has Some Answers

Now, a new study from researchers at Boston University and Boston Medical Center offers some clues about whether five days is sufficient to ensure the broad safety of both those infected and the community at large. (BU’s COVID-19 policy mirrors the CDC guidelines.) The short answer appears to be yes—with a few caveats.

Researchers Race to Understand Long COVID in National Study

To answer the many puzzling questions about long COVID, researchers at Boston University’s School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (BMC) are beginning to investigate “post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC),” the medical term used for the array of long COVID symptoms. The newly launched project, called the RECOVER (Research COVID to Enhance Recovery) study, is … Continued

Placenta May Protect Unborn Babies from COVID-19 during Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the placenta is constantly working to nourish the fetus, bringing it nutrients and oxygen. Now, new research from a Boston University pilot study suggests the temporary organ could also be helping to protect the unborn baby from COVID-19. Researchers found that the placenta may act to block SARS-CoV-2 from traveling from an infected … Continued

COVID-19 Vaccines Don’t Cause Infertility or Harm Pregnancy Chances, BU Research Shows

Having a COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t impact a couple’s chances of becoming pregnant—but skipping the shots and landing a coronavirus infection might reduce male fertility.  

BU Scientists Are Prepared to Detect Omicron—and Other Variants

BU’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) has been monitoring COVID-19 variants from BU and Boston Medical Center tests since February

Depression Rates in US Tripled When the Pandemic First Hit—Now, They’re Even Worse

Depression among adults in the United States tripled in the early 2020 months of the global coronavirus pandemic—jumping from 8.5 percent before the pandemic to a staggering 27.8 percent. New research from Boston University School of Public Health reveals that the elevated rate of depression has persisted into 2021, and even worsened, climbing to 32.8 … Continued

Researchers at Harvard, BU to study possible links between coronavirus vaccines and changes in menstruation

Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Public Health are among a group of institutions awarded funding to study potential links between coronavirus vaccinations and changes in menstruation. Researchers at five institutions were awarded a total of $1.67 million by the National Institutes of Heath (NIH) to look into the question after anecdotal … Continued

Do COVID Vaccines Affect Menstruation?

Some women across the United States have anecdotally reported that after receiving their coronavirus vaccines, they experienced heavier, earlier, and more painful periods. Now a Boston University researcher is leading one of five teams awarded a total of $1.67 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate whether COVID-19 vaccines have an impact … Continued

Everything You Need to Know about COVID Booster Shots

BU epidemiologist Cassandra Pierre explains why coronavirus vaccine boosters are necessary, whether they’ll protect against the Delta variant and more. Pierre, a Boston Medical Center associate hospital epidemiologist and medical director of public health programs, also a BU School of Medicine assistant professor of medicine and chairs the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.