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“Several mysteries of how COVID-19 works converge on the question of how the disease affects our sleep, and how our sleep affects the disease,” our health staff writer, and resident doctor, James Hamblin writes.
“More than 50,000 Black Americans are now dead from COVID-19, according to data from the COVID Racial Data Tracker,” Patrice Peck, the founder of the newsletter Coronavirus for Black Folks, writes. “The virus has exposed and targeted all of the disparities that come along with being Black in America.”
“It’s a shocking turn of events for ... a huge state that, not long ago, had better control of—or luck with—the virus than much of the country,” Whet Moser reports.
One question, answered: What do the COVID-19 vaccine’s side effects feel like? Sarah Zhang explains:
For a fraction of people, getting these first COVID-19 vaccines could be unpleasant—more than the usual unpleasantness of getting a shot. They might make you feel sick for a day or two, even though they contain no whole viruses to actually infect you. Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are quite “reactogenic”—meaning they stimulate a strong immune response that can cause temporary but uncomfortable sore arms, fevers, chills, and headaches. In other words, getting them might suck a little, but it’s nowhere near as bad as COVID-19 itself.
Reactogenicity happens to some degree with all vaccines and is not in itself a safety concern.