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Beyond a lack of immunity, testing mishaps and unproven treatments make the novel coronavirus pandemic a distinct challenge from a flu outbreak.
From understanding the crucial role of vaccines to regularly sanitizing public spaces, these are some of the ways pandemics have changed the world.
The coronavirus death rate in the US is far higher than that of the flu — here’s how the 2 compare across age ranges
The coronavirus is far more deadly than the flu across nearly every age bracket. Two charts show how the diseases compare.
To sleep with a stuffy nose, you should lie on your back with an extra pillow, use a humidifier for moist air, and consider taking medication.
The coronavirus mutates more slowly than the flu — which means a vaccine will likely be effective long-term
The mutation rate of the new coronavirus suggests a one-time vaccine would be sufficient to confer long-term immunity, according to experts.
Cold air does not kill germs. Actually, cold weather can make it easier for viruses and bacteria to spread — here's why.
UK Health minister says the coronavirus made her lose her sense of taste and smell – here’s why that could happen
Some COVID-19 patients have reported losing their sense of taste and smell, which is temporary and common among other upper respiratory infections.
Viral and bacterial infections are the main causes of fever, though there are many other possible reasons. Here's what you need to know.
From how often we visit the doctor and dentist to how many of us got a flu shot last year, these facts and figures may shock you.
Longtime health reporter Charles Ornstein says that comparing the novel coronavirus to the flu is dangerously inaccurate.