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What to Know About Active Vs. Passive Immunity—And Why Both Matter With COVID-19

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Both types can play a role in future protection from—and even the potential treatment of—a coronavirus infection. Right now, more than 450,000 people worldwide have reportedly recovered from COVID-19, and that number keeps ticking up, according to  Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 dashboard . That's good news, of course; but just because someone has contracted and ultimately healed from the new coronavirus, doesn't mean they're entirely exempt from re-infection. That's where the issue of immunity comes into play—and currently, researchers and scientists still aren't sure what the body's immune response to SARS-CoV-2 is, and how long it might last. For the most part, the word 'immunity' conjures up thoughts of complete protection from an illness, but it's much more complicated than that, according to the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Generally speaking, a person achieves immunity to a disease through the presen

Will Cooking Food Kill Coronavirus? What to Know About Food Preparation and COVID-19

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The coronavirus is not a foodborne pathogen, but you should still pay attention to how you prepare it. By now, you've probably got your (stressful)  pandemic grocery shopping routine  down: You maintain social distancing, grab only what you and your family need,  hit your hands  with a dollop of hand sanitizer on the way out—and then  wash them again as soon as you get home, and once more after putting all of those groceries away. But what about when it comes time to finally eat all of those goods you picked up at the store—namely those fresh fruits, veggies, and other ready-to-eat or cook products. Are they safe to consume as-is—and does subjecting the new coronavirus to heat via cooking effectively kill it before it can enter your system? Can the coronavirus exist on food? It is important to keep in mind that as of right now, "there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food,"  according to the Centers f

Alanis Morissette is Breastfeeding on Our May Cover—and It's a Tribute to Moms Everywhere

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Deeply intelligent and incredibly open, the groundbreaking musician opens up about motherhood, self-care, and her postpartum experience. Save Pin FB More KAYT JONES An interesting thing happens when you mention Alanis Morissette’s name to, well, just about anyone. You’re instantly met with stories about the personal impact her music has had. Some will fondly share that hers was the first album they ever bought, while others will explain how certain songs helped them get through heartbreaking life moments. People feel deeply connected to Alanis—in large part because of the visceral honesty and raw emotions she has shared through her music. For proof of this, look no further than 1995’s groundbreaking Jagged Little Pill , which sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy for Album of the Year. From the fury that ricochets out of “You Oughta Know” to the aching yearning in “Perfect,” Alanis made it OK for women to admit they feel emot