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Understanding Virus Mutation

Everything you need to know about viral mutations

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

The virus that has caused a global pandemic has mutated. But what does that mean?

Read on for everything you need to know about virus mutations.

What Is a Virus Mutation?

All viruses mutate. Even though the word "mutate" sounds a little scary, not all mutations make viruses stronger.

Virus mutations are simply changes viruses make as they make copies of themselves inside of a host.

Why Do Viruses Mutate?

Coping with Winter Allergies

You can fight winter allergies with these 10 steps

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

It's winter and, just like clockwork, you’re back sniffling again. But before you write off that stuffy nose as just another cold, you may want to consider that the culprit could actually be winter allergies.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to tame your bothersome allergies.

What Are Winter Allergies?

SARS-CoV-2 Mutations: A concern?

What are these mutations all about?

By Karen L. Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the
ONU HealthWise team

Several news outlets have been reporting on mutations or changes to the COVID-19 virus known as SARS-CoV-2. What are these mutations all about?

They are important and may have a dynamic impact on the COVID-19 pandemic. The first mutation or change in the virus is what scientists believe caused this disease to jump from an animal source to a human source.

The original SARS-CoV-2 is actually called the wild type by scientists who work with viruses and look for mutations. The mutations are then given names based on the way they mutate from the original virus.

Flying to US: Negative COVID-19 Test Required

US health officials require negative COVID-19 test for air travelers entering US

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

Traveling to the United States just got a little trickier.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that all air passengers who hope to enter the US will have to get a negative COVID-19 test first. This new rule starts on Jan. 26.

This requirement comes as the nation is in another surge of cases and potentially more contagious variants of the virus are emerging around the world, the CDC noted.

Losing weight: How much and how fast?

Everything you need to know about losing weight and keeping it off

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

When trying to lose weight, how much should you lose and how fast should you do it?

It's natural to want to lose weight fast, but evidence shows that losing weight slowly (about one to two pounds per week) is the trick to keeping the weight off. How much weight you should lose in total is going to depend on your unique situation. That's why it's important to speak with your health care provider before starting a weight-loss plan.

Working in the cold: What you need to know

Practice these tips to stay safe while working outside in cold weather

It's wintertime again — when temperatures take a dive. But don't let your health take a dive, too.

Frigid temperatures can be dangerous without the proper precautions. The colder it gets outside, the more energy your body needs to remain warm. And if your occupation requires you to work outdoors, you may face a greater risk for certain cold-related problems, such as hypothermia (low body temperature) and frostbite (freezing of the skin).