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Masks cut COVID-19 spread in schools, study finds

A research paper details a so-called natural experiment that occurred when all but two school districts in the greater Boston area lifted mask requirements in the spring.

COVID hospitalizations are rising in kids under 6 months, CDC director Walensky says

COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising among babies under 6 months old, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging mothers to get vaccinated to reduce the risk of infection in those not yet eligible for shots, Director Rochelle Walensky said.

Pfizer dominates the COVID drug market. This Watertown biotech wants to change that.

Enanta Pharmaceuticals has started a clinical trial of a pill that it says could be safer than the pharma giant's Paxlovid.

COVID patients coming off ventilators can take weeks to regain consciousness

For years, Dr. Nicholas Schiff and Dr. Emery Brown have been developing theories about what happens in the brain during comas, sleep, and anesthesia. Now they turned their efforts to COVID. Their search for clues brought them unexpectedly to studies of turtles.

CDC data show sharp increase in COVID cases caused by BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 subvariants

The CDC estimates that immunity-evading BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 subvariants now account for 14 and 13.1 percent of the nation’s COVID-19 cases, respectively — more than a quarter.

Hate needles? Flu vaccines of the future could be skin patches delivered to your door.

Vaxess, a Cambridge startup with ties to Harvard, MIT, and Tufts, raised $27 million to test its technology in clinical trials after developing the idea for more than a decade.

Grassroots organizations are crucial to closing health literacy gaps in immigrant communities, report finds

Immigrant health coalition Equity Now & Beyond says it plans to use the strategies outlined in its research paper to help immigrant communities consistently access COVID-19 resources and other health needs to navigate everyday life and future health crises.

Meet the COVID-19 variants that experts say could fuel a surge this winter

Multiple COVID-19 variants are vying with each other to take over from Omicron BA.5 as the leading cause of cases in the United States and the world.