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Even vaccinated people with mild breakthrough COVID-19 infections can experience debilitating, lingering symptoms that affect the heart, brain, lungs and other parts of the body, according to new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System.

Most commonly, people come in with shortness of breath. There are usually other COVID-19 symptoms, like fever or fatigue, sometimes a cough. They're usually fairly hypoxic, which means they have low levels of oxygen in their blood. By this point, they've been battling COVID-19 for at least several days.

Commonly, when I'm called in as an ICU physician, people are failing these less invasive or less aggressive forms of oxygen therapy. A BiPAP or CPAP mask to help you breathe is our next option. These masks will cover your entire nose and mouth, kept secure with velcro wraps around your head.

It can be risky just getting you on the ventilator. Because you need mechanical assistance, you don't have great respiratory function at baseline. The minute you stop getting oxygen, your levels can dramatically crash. I've seen people go from 100% oxygen saturation to 20% or 15% in a matter of seconds because they have no reserve and their lungs are so diseased and damaged. When your oxygen level is that low, your heart can stop.

It's been said over and over again, but it's profoundly true. We're sick of this. Just like everyone else, we don't like wearing masks all the time or limiting what events we can go to or the people we can see. We're tired of the pandemic, too. If there's a huge influx of hospitalizations because of omicron, I don't know what we'll do. We have nowhere to put these people. The hospital is full and we're tired.

Catherine Price is an award-winning science journalist and speaker, whose books include The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again, How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life and Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. She is also the creator and founder of, a resource hub devoted to helping people learn how to scroll less, live more and have fun. Her work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Men's Journal, Self and Outside.

Being assertive doesn't come naturally to everyone. Some people communicate in a way that is too passive. Other people have a style that is too aggressive. An assertive style is the happy medium between these two.

People who are assertive tend to make friends more easily. They communicate in a way that respects other people's needs as well as their own. They tend to be better at working out conflicts and disagreements. People who give respect get respect in return.

US health officials have expanded the recommended age range for people receiving the HPV vaccine to protect against several types of cancer to people in their mid-40s. MSK physicians offers advice for people considering the vaccine in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Over the years, researchers have learned more about when people should get the HPV vaccine. It was originally approved for females ages 9 through 26. Then the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended both females and males get vaccinated up to age 26. However, people up to age 45 can get vaccinated.

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were many ways that people could be entertained, which usually involved interacting with others without a device between them. For instance, people could attend dances, live events, amusement parks, or simply play a game of stickball with their friends from the neighborhood.

Technology has had an effect on how we communicate. Back in the day, people had to communicate primarily by talking to each other in person. Over time, technology gave us the unique ability to communicate with people who were far away from us, whether it was by making a phone call, sending an email, or shooting off a text.

Technology has made us much more impatient than ever before. Because people can be available and accessible at all times, this has led us to believe that people should be accessible and available at all times. Most of us may get frustrated when someone does not answer their phone right away, or if we see that someone has seen a message but has not yet responded. For many, many years, hearing back from someone could take a long time; it was the norm.

But as I double-checked the academic literature, doubt started to creep in. While trying to understand the criticism that had been leveled at the original study, I fell down a rabbit hole, spoke to a few statistics-minded people, corresponded with Dr. Dunning himself, and tried to understand if our brain really was biased to overstate our competence in activities at which we suck... or if the celebrated effect was just a mirage brought about by the peculiar way in which we can play with numbers.

Are there dumb people who do not realize they are dumb? Sure, but that was never what the Dunning-Kruger effect was about. Are there people who are very confident and arrogant in their ignorance? Absolutely, but here too, Dunning and Kruger did not measure confidence or arrogance back in 1999. There are other effects known to psychologists, like the overconfidence bias and the better-than-average bias (where most car drivers believe themselves to be well above average, which makes no mathematical sense), so if the Dunning-Kruger effect is convincingly shown to be nothing but a mirage, it does not mean the human brain is spotless. And if researchers continue to believe in the effect in the face of weighty criticism, this is not a paradoxical example of the Dunning-Kruger effect. In the original classic experiments, students received no feedback when making their self-assessment. It is fair to say researchers are in a different position now. 350c69d7ab


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