Spring is here and the sneezing and watery eyes are just part of the allergies, right? Perhaps. However, there is now new information that health departments across the United States are making sure we know about.

The COVID-19 pandemic may be over and we may be seeing things getting back to normal but that doesn't mean COVID is gone. In fact, there are still thousands of cases being reported each week in counties in New York State. But what about the cases that are not reported? It could be a big number. The issue may be that some who are having certain symptoms think it is merely allergies.


Many of us have COVID test kits at home after the schools sent them home for the kids. I think each of our kids was given a couple of kits and we have a nice stash of them in our medicine cabinet. Do they expire? According to the FDA:

The shelf-life is how long the test should perform as expected and is measured from the date the test was manufactured. The expiration date listed on the box label for at-home COVID-19 tests is set at the end of the shelf-life and is the date through which the test is expected to perform as accurately as when manufactured.

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Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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