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The third anniversary of the pandemic approaches. We’ve answered many frequently asked (and even infrequently) questions about COVID-19.

Can you catch it from a pet?

Can you catch it in a swimming pool?

Does alcohol affect vaccine effectiveness?

Here are some of this year’s frequently asked questions that are still relevant to current concerns about COVID.

Coronavirus FAQ: I have COVID. Then I got it again. What to deal with reinfection?

You’re sick with COVID so you think you’re done with the virus for a while. Then you start to feel itchy throat and runny nose, do a home test just in case – and that second line glows red again. Is it possible to get COVID again just months or even weeks after recovering from the illness?

Coronavirus FAQ: Does a faint line on a self-test mean I’m barely contagious?

Let’s say you have COVID-19 and still test positive 10 days later. But the line on the quick test is Actually pale compared to a week ago. What is the deal? Exactly how are you spreading?

Coronavirus FAQ: Why do some people hack home COVID tests by picking their throats?

If you’ve used COVID-19 home self-testing in the United States — a rapid “antigen” test that promises results in 15 minutes or so — you’ll know the process. You usually pick a cotton swab in your nostril, mix it with a little liquid and then put it on the test strip to wait for the result: positive or negative for coronavirus. But there’s been a debate online about where to stick that swab – perhaps the throat and/or cheek outside of the nose? Why did this hack come about – and is there any medical science to back it up?

Coronavirus FAQ (boost): Can it cause a positive test result? When should you get it?

So you’ve got your boost. If you had a COVID test, did you test positive for the injection?

Coronavirus FAQ: I’m a one-way mask wearer. Which strategy will give me optimal protection?

It can be lonely out there as a masked person alone amidst a sea of ​​people showing their chin and nose. Would you still be protected if you were the only one wearing a mask in public?

Coronavirus FAQ: Can I get COVID outdoors? (With printable posters on how to cut risk)

Studies done before the omicron variant appeared showed that being outside significantly reduces the risk of contracting coronavirus. A review of studies concluded that the rate of indoor transmission is nearly 19 times higher than that of outdoor transmission. Does omicron play by the same rules?


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