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Health-care workers wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Jan. 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Why a mask and social distancing are still needed, even if you get the shot

Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has begun. But getting the jab doesn't mean abandoning masks, distancing and handwashing. Here's why the current preventive measures must continue post-vaccine.
It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions. Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Sick of COVID-19? Here’s why you might have pandemic fatigue

It's draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.
Students wearing facemasks wash their hands before attending a class at a government-run school in Secunderabad, March 4, 2020. NOAH SEELAM / AFP

India and coronavirus: lack of access to handwashing facilities among poor makes fight even harder

In India handwashing practices have come under scrutiny as millions of Indian poorest return home from major cities. Many do not have access to basic amenities.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, bumps elbows with a worker at the seafood counter March 3, 2020, in Seattle’s International District. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Love in the time of the coronavirus: Do you turn your back when someone offers you a hand, a kiss or a hug?

At least temporarily, a kiss is no longer just a kiss. It could pass coronavirus. Even the French have suggested a ban on their traditional greeting. An expert explains why this is necessary.
U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, center, demonstrates hand-washing to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, left, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, right, in Rocky Hill, Conn., March 2, 2020. AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Why hand-washing really is as important as doctors say

As the coronavirus spreads, public health officials stress the importance of hand washing. But can it really make that much of a difference? A microbiologist explains why.

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