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COVID-19: What you need to know

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COVID-19 continues to make headlines. Here's what you need to know.

Now considered a pandemic, COVID-19 has been reported across the US. If you haven't done so already, it's time to learn some need-to-know information about this disease.

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms include the following:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath

Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Call your doctor if you notice any of the listed symptoms and either of the following items is true for you:

Everything parents need to know about croup

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As a parent, one of your top concerns is making sure your child is healthy and safe. That's why it's important to take the time to learn about croup and how it can affect your child.

Croup is marked by a "barking" cough in children up to age 5. Most children recover from this viral illness within a week or so, but serious cases can cause severe symptoms like trouble breathing. Call your child's health care provider if you are concerned about any symptoms you're seeing.

What does your blood pressure reading actually mean?

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High blood pressure is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. But what do your blood pressure numbers actually mean?

Blood pressure is a key indicator of how the heart and other body systems are functioning. Measuring blood pressure properly and regularly is vital to staying healthy.

There are many devices to measure blood pressure. But lots of little factors can affect the reading.

Flu activity is high across the US

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Across the United States, flu activity is high. And it's expected to continue for weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that flu activity remains high in the U.S. The agency estimated that there had so far been at least 26 million flu illnesses, resulting in 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths, this season.

Although the number of hospitalizations was comparable to this point in the season in previous years, the rates among children and young adults were higher.

New medication to treat child's diarrhea

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A medication to treat diarrhea associated with Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is now approved for children.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Dificid (fidaxomicin) to treat children 6 months old and older who have diarrhea associated with C. difficile.

This medication was already approved in tablet form for adults. Now, it can be used in children.

Fidaxomicin is a type of antibiotic. It's available in tablet and suspension formulations. Both of these formulations are approved to be used in children.

Coronavirus vaccine underway

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As the coronavirus outbreak continues, at least one company has said it is working on a vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson announced that Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies (a J&J subsidiary) has started to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, the virus behind the outbreak that started in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, last month.

The company said it plans to use the same technologies as other vaccines for Ebola, Zika and RSV.