Debunking COVID-19 Vaccine Myths (PKG)

CLEVELAND – When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, it’s important to focus on fact, not fiction. Cleveland Clinic’s Tosin Goje, MD, said one common misconception is that messenger RNA, or mRNA, technology is new. “The technology for mRNA has been with us for at least 10-15 years,” she said. “It was initially put together for … Read More

Importance of COVID-19 Vaccine in Minority Communities

CLEVELAND – Many people in racial and ethnic minority groups are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19. It’s important for those at high risk to get vaccinated, but some minority communities may be hesitant. Cleveland Clinic’s Tosin Goje, MD, said hesitancy is often rooted in a history of medical distrust and racial discrimination. “We … Read More

Healthy Diet Helps Keep Immune System Strong

CLEVELAND – We all want a healthy immune system to help fight off infection, especially during a pandemic. But, did you know your diet plays a role? Cleveland Clinic’s, Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, said regularly eating a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables is a good place to start. “Some of the obvious things that we … Read More

Is it Safe for Pregnant Women to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

CLEVELAND – Studies show pregnant women with severe COVID-19 are at higher risk for hospitalization, ICU admission and ventilation. So, moms-to-be may wonder if they should get the coronavirus vaccine, when it’s available to them. Although, there haven’t been vaccine trials done during pregnancy, existing safety data is reassuring. “Based on peer-reviewed, vigorous scientific evidence … Read More

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

CLEVELAND – Are you wondering what to eat and how much? New dietary guidelines recently released by the United States government may help. “They’re kind of a big deal in the sense that they help to set the structure for things like food stamps and school lunch programs and things like that,” said Kristin Kirkpatrick, … Read More

When Will We Achieve Herd Immunity for COVID-19?

CLEVELAND – As COVID-19 vaccines are made available to more people across the country, we’re beginning to work toward herd immunity. Frank Esper, MD, an infectious disease specialist with Cleveland Clinic Children’s said herd immunity happens when there’s enough protection in the community to prevent continued spread of the virus. “When you see a high … Read More

Mindful Snacking while Working from Home

CLEVELAND – Working from home can definitely have its perks – but it can also create some bad habits, like snacking throughout the day. In fact, doctors have noticed an increase in the amount of people experiencing weight gain. “It makes sense. We are just feet from our kitchen and not only that, we are … Read More