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Is the Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women? Jul 1st, 2022

Vaccination with one of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines is one of the best tools available to you for preventing serious illness and death. And, vaccinated communities are less likely to spread COVID-19. If you’re currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you think you could become pregnant soon, you’re probably already paying...

Can Cotton Masks Block Out the COVID Virus? Jun 1st, 2022

Treatments for COVID-19 cases have come a long way, and up-to-date vaccination offers significant protection against COVID-19 infection. Still, with the unknown risks of long COVID and ongoing heightened risk for young children and seniors from a COVID-19 case, you should continue to take steps to reduce your exposure to...

How Does SARS-CoV-2 Spread? May 1st, 2022

It’s been two years since the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, was first identified. In those two years of the global pandemic, daily life has shifted and changed to prevent viral spread and reduce risk of infection. We’ve also learned a lot about the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last two...

Natural Antibodies Vs. Vaccine: Which Is More Effective? Apr 1st, 2022

If you want to prevent contracting COVID-19, it’s important to understand your level of immunity from this respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus identified two years ago. At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in the United States have recovered from a case of COVID-19 and could...

Understanding the Different Types of COVID-19 Tests Mar 1st, 2022

COVID-19, an infectious respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, can spread between asymptomatic carriers. You could have a mild case of COVID-19 and never know it. Or, it could be unclear whether your symptoms like sore throat, coughing, body aches, or fever are due to COVID-19 or another disease...

What to Expect From Your COVID-19 Antibody Test Feb 1st, 2022

For the last two years, COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, keeps challenging us. The rise of new variants like Delta and Omicron make staying healthy complicated. One of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 pandemic, beyond getting vaccinated and boosted, is...

How Is COVID-19 Different From the Flu? Jan 1st, 2022

You or a member of your family has a sore throat, a runny nose, body aches, and a fever. Is it the flu or COVID-19? Flu season has been around for a long time, with influenza (flu) infections becoming more common during the cold months. However, COVID-19 has only been...

5 Common Signs of COVID-19 Dec 1st, 2021

COVID-19, an infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, passes through respiratory droplets and smaller aerosols. It is highly contagious, spreading from person to person after even just a few minutes of full exposure. This leads to an important question: Do you know the signs and symptoms of a potential COVID-19...

What Is SARS-CoV-2? Nov 1st, 2021

We first learned of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last months of 2019. First detected in Wuhan, China, this novel coronavirus may have originated in animals, most likely bats. Today, it’s become a cause for concern for people around the world. The highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus causes the disease COVID-19....

I Still Can't Smell Anything After COVID: Will I Ever Get It Back? Oct 1st, 2021

It’s one of the symptoms that you know by now to watch out for: All of a sudden, you can’t seem to smell anything, and your sense of taste is impaired, as well. Loss of the sense of smell, or anosmia, is a common early indicator of a COVID-19 infection....

Antigen Vs. PCR: How to Choose Your COVID Test Type Sep 1st, 2021

Getting tested for COVID-19? You need to be able to select the right type of test and understand what different test results may mean. All types of COVID-19 testing aren’t the same, and a PCR test or an antigen test might be best for your unique circumstances and concerns. At...

Can I Still Get COVID If I've Been Vaccinated? Aug 8th, 2021

As vaccination campaigns around the world work to fight back against the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation remains complex. As different strains like the Delta variant develop, many people have concerns about vaccine efficacy, safety, and the continued spread of COVID-19.  It’s a common question: Once you’re fully vaccinated, can you...

Group Testing for COVID-19: What to Expect Jul 6th, 2021

Frequent testing for COVID-19 is still one of our best tools for tracking and controlling this global pandemic. COVID-19 is a disease caused by the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus and is transmitted through respiratory droplets and aerosols. In order to ensure that you and others are not infected with COVID-19 before planning...

5 Signs of "Long-Haul" COVID Jun 9th, 2021

COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness. If you have COVID-19, you may experience symptoms including shortness of breath, fever, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell. Some patients — often those who are older or have serious pre-existing medical conditions but also young and previously healthy individuals as well...

How Long Does Loss of Taste and Smell Last After the Coronavirus? May 23rd, 2021

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This highly contagious respiratory disease has a range of symptoms. In addition to symptoms such as fever, coughing, and fatigue, a case of COVID-19 can make you lose your senses of taste and smell. To better understand the details of...

Does a Negative PCR Test Mean I Don't Have COVID? Apr 15th, 2021

COVID-19 is still circulating in the United States in the spring of 2021. This highly contagious respiratory disease spreads easily between people. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to get tested if you think you could have been exposed. You may need to self-isolate in order...

What an Antibody Test Can Reveal About a Past COVID-19 Infection Mar 18th, 2021

Over the last year or so, people around the world have struggled with many mysteries connected to the novel coronavirus. We’ve learned a lot about COVID-19, including how to deter spread with masks, social distancing, and better ventilation indoors. Many people who may have had COVID-19 earlier this year, or...

Recognizing the Most Common Symptoms of COVID-19 Feb 17th, 2021

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, first identified in late 2019, is still affecting people around the nation and the globe in early 2021. This virus causes the COVID-19 disease, a severe acute respiratory syndrome that can be life-threatening. COVID-19 is highly contagious, and daily life has changed a lot to prevent and...

Is It COVID-19 or the Flu? Jan 25th, 2021

Every year, in the colder winter months, people around the United States deal with the seasonal rise in influenza cases that we know as “flu season.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, many parts of daily life have changed — but, this winter and spring, cold and flu...

Should I Be Tested for COVID-19? Dec 18th, 2020

One of the big questions that surrounds the COVID-19 pandemic is, “Should I be tested?” Even though the disease is highly contagious and sometimes fatal, not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. If you think you should be tested, GatherWell in Ham Lake, Otsego, and Edina, Minnesota, offers COVID-19 testing...