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Are COVID vaccines killing thousands of people?

Are thousands of people dying from COVID vaccines? These rumors have been circulating for a while and are based on a misunderstanding of causation, correlation, and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Here’s a quick explanation of what VAERS is and isn’t, and why the rumors that the vaccines are killing thousands isn’t true.

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What do we do when experts disagree?

A friend of mine recently asked me how I respond to people who have opposing views about scientific issues like vaccines when their sources are from credentialed (MD, PhD) people. This is a great question, and something I encounter all the time. Here are my thoughts.

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Dealing with anxiety and OCD during the pandemic

Understatement of the year: the stress, conflict, and uncertainty of the last year has had a profound impact on mental health. In this post, I interview Dr. Eric Storch, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He talks about different ways the pandemic has influenced mental health, and he shares insight on how to deal with the stress and uncertainty of the past year. I found this conversation incredibly helpful; I hope you do too!

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Finally some good news: CDC quarantine guidance updates

Exciting COVID update, that is actually good news! The CDC released some new recommendations about COVID, including what to do when a vaccinated person has a potential COVID exposure. Also a new study came out about the potential for transmission after vaccination! Learn about both in today’s post.

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Fact-checking Dr. Frank Shallenberger’s COVID Vaccine Letter

There has been a letter circulating written by Dr. Frank Shallenberger emphasizing the uncertainty and alleged danger of the COVID vaccine. However, much of the information is either blatantly false or taken out of context. Dr. Sana Zekri, MD provides a point-by-point response to the claims in the letter.

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Kristen Panthagani

I’m Dr. Kristen Panthagani. I’m an MD-PhD student who holds a  PhD in Genetics, and I like to help people understand science.  I saw a lot of people getting unnecessarily confused by inaccurate claims flying around, and I started this blog to help clarify some of those things.

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